15 Essential Tools Every Homeowner Must Have

Ian Mutuli
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Ian Mutuli

Ian Mutuli

Founder and Managing Editor of Archute. He is also a graduate architect from The University of Nairobi, Kenya.
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Calling a professional all the time for completing little odd jobs is not practical always. Having a few tools will help you to save both time and money. With a bit of knowledge and practice, a homeowner can fix minor issues comfortably.

But what are the tools that every homeowner should consider buying? We shared a list of 15 essential tools every homeowner must-have.

1. Plunger

It is hard to find a homeowner who never experienced a problem with the toilet. At this point, a plunger is the handiest tool for sure. Using a plunger, you can confidently answer any plumbing issue relatively quickly. But 2 plungers instead of 1. Buy 2 plunger types: one is for the toilet, and the other is for the sink.

2. Screwdriver (Flathead)

Although a flathead screwdriver is not a widely used tool, keeping a flathead screwdriver in hand offers many benefits. It is beneficial when opening a paint tin or driving older screws, dislodging things from a compact area.

3. Tape Measurement

This is a must-needed tool for every homeowner. A tape measurement is a helpful tool allowing you to measure a new floor before doing the tiles work.

4. Level

Leveling is significantly crucial when hanging an image or other showpiece. A wrongly aligned image will never enhance the beauty of a room. This is a handy tool when sketching a straight line.

5. Duct Tape

This is water-proof, and stickiness is exceptionally extreme. It is an essential item for different home projects. Fixing leaks temporarily, applying at the bottom of the chair to keep the floor damage-free. Usages of duct tape are limitless.

6. RJ45 Crimpers

When you need to join 2 pieces of metal by twisting one or both to hold each other, a rj45 crimpers provides the best result. The final output of the tool is known as crimp. There have a lot more information about crimper, if you need to know more, please have a look best rj45 crimpers.

Phone cables, internet network cables, IP camera installation work, etc. are handled with rj45 crimpers.  

7. Adjustable Wrench

Sometimes, you will require to work 2 wrenches of the same size, and at this point, an adjustable wrench provides the utmost benefit. However, when using an adjustable wrench, you will need to be extra careful because improper handling may damage the fasteners. In order to avoid damage, ensure screwing the jaws all the way closed.

8. Caulk Gun

If you are thinking of closing your home water piping system's gaps and cracks, a caulk gun is the best solution. Caulk gun can control the penetration created by water and offers thermal insulation. Remember to apply the caulk in a dry and clean area.

9. Flashlight

Can you work with the above tools under low light conditions? Definitely, NOT. So, the solution is a flashlight. Buy a regular 2AA-battery flashlight to remove darkness from your working area.

10. Hacksaw

Hacksaw is a beast because it can cut metal, wood, plastic, brackets, bolts, and many other things. The construction of a hacksaw is thin, but it has extreme power to go through nearly any materials. The great thing about a hacksaw is, you can replace the blade whenever necessary. All you need to do is, but a hacksaw that has a durable frame.

11. Safety Gears

Taking safety precautions is mandatory when working on DIY tasks with the power tool. So, keep different safety gears like goggles, gloves, gumboots, safety masks, etc. Ensure wearing these gears when there is a safety concern.

12. Putty Knife

After applying different filler materials or drywall tapping compounds, a putty knife is necessary to finish the work smoothly. 

13. Utility Knife

A utility knife is a mandatory tool for opening boxes, cutting tape, and many other applications. Look for a utility knife that has a rubberized grip and patented blade storage. Both features will help you to accomplish any given task with ease.

14. Ladder

Cleaning is a regular task of every homeowner. A ladder comes in handy when changing a light bulb, painting, and other DIY jobs.

15. Watering Hose

Watering hose serves limitless benefits. Whether you want to give a fresh look to your front yard or backyard grass, wash the windows, or complete other watering projects, a watering hose will be the best companion, undoubtedly.

Summing Up

You can find these “15 essential tools every homeowner must-have” in your nearest store or online retailers. We made this list by talking with several homeowners dealing with different DIY projects at their homes.

DIY projects are fun and confidence-boosting. When doing DIY projects with family members helps to increase family bonding. With the above-listed tools, you can make some common repairs for yourself.

Best of luck!

Ian Mutuli

About the author

Ian Mutuli

Founder and Managing Editor of Archute. He is also a graduate architect from The University of Nairobi, Kenya.
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