Tool checklist? Seriously? I can hear the voices now!
Hestia? I have a question for you about a tool problem.
- How am I supposed to know what tools I need to get started in basic home repairs?
- I don’t want to waste a lot of money on stuff I will never use.
- But I don’t want to be running around in the middle of the night, trying to find what is needed to complete an emergency repair!
- How do I know what I need?
- How much do I need to spend?
In all honesty, I have way too many tools. But I like to learn how to use things, and I want to teach others how to use them. So for me it is not an option. But for you it is.
I have in the downloads section a check of the minimum tools needed to do your basic repairs.
What should I get?
- Things to fix your sink
- Things to hang with
- Things for safety measures
- Things for measuring
- Things for minor wall repairs
- Basic equipment
- And don’t forget the storage!
FYI, yeah I know. A step ladder is not gonna fit in a tool box. But it is necessary, else you won’t be able to change the battery in your smoke detector, like I told you here. Or hang pictures possibly, like here. Or make something spectacular, like this piece.
Cost wise, I wouldn’t worry about it too much. If it is something you will be using for years, try to go with a medium priced item. Black & Decker and DeWalt make good tools, IMHO. I have had some bad luck with the Ryobi brand, so I tend to steer clear from them. but maybe your husband loves those and uses them all the time. Ask people who use tools at the store. Ask your male colleagues. Your screwdrivers and hammers won’t cost much, but the drill should cost you a nice dinner out!
Definitely read some online reviews if you think you want to spend a little more than a couple bucks. You don’t need research much to buy a hammer, but a drill is a different story. I always check for pieces that have at least a half dozen reviews. One review is not going to help much at all. I read the top and bottom ratings. I check the ratios between the stars to see if it seems realistic. Check Consumer Reports or another reviewing company to see what brands are recommended for the tools you want.
Go to the store and feel them in your hands. Just like a knife, you have to get the feel for the tools. You need to decide if it is too heavy for you. Maybe the one recommended is too big for your hands. You need to be comfortable with all the tools you buy, else you will never use them. So do some research.
AND, IMHO again, do not buy a pre-made tool kit (unless it is by a top-notch company). Most of those seem pretty cheaply made. I have had a few in the past, and don’t really like them. You want quality. You want performance. You want a brand you wish to stand behind.
So grab this check list from my downloads, and go get the tools you need to become a true DIY home goddess!