When it comes to essentials for a new home, a hardware tool kit is as important as a first aid kit! Usually, for minor household issues like leaks, loose screws, or furniture assembly, we will try to handle it ourselves. What should a usual household toolkit contain? How many types of hardware tools should we prepare for use? Here are the top 10 must-have tools for your home!
Screwdrivers are one of the house’s most common and frequently used tools. You will always need them to tighten screws and assemble computers or furniture. We suggest getting a screwdriver set, as it contains different sizes of flat and cross-head specifications to meet various disassembly needs at home, allowing you to switch other screwdriver heads depending on the style and size of the screws.
2. Hex Key
If you encounter hex screws or nuts (standard in self-assembly furniture), you’ll need an Allen wrench for installation and disassembly.
3. Tape Measure
You can use it to measure objects’ length, width, and height, especially when buying furniture. By measuring the dimensions with a tape measure, you can avoid the hassle of returning or exchanging goods caused by size errors.
Its practical use is to remove special screws, such as hexagonal, star-shaped screw heads, etc.
5. Voltage Detector
You are used to test if there is any current in the wires. When using a voltage tester, you must touch the metal part at the end of the tester with your hand, rest the index finger on the end of the pen cap, gently hold the pen with your thumb, middle finger, and ring finger, and insert the metal pen tip into the socket hole.
6. Utility Knife
It is mainly used to cut softer materials, such as unboxing or other adhesive paper. Utility knives come in different sizes, and you can purchase them according to your needs.
They can replace hands to handle sharper and more pointed tools, such as removing glass shards from wall cracks to prevent hand injuries. There are many pliers, such as wire pliers, needle-nose pliers, diagonal pliers, round-nose pliers, etc. You can use locking or needle-nose pliers when twisting wires or clamping very pointed objects. Although the chance of using them is less, their functions are unreplaceable compared with other tools.
8. Claw Hammer
Another commonly used tool. The flat head is mainly used for hammering nails, while the claw head is specifically for removing nails. The larger the ounce of the hammer, the better the ability to exert force. If it’s just for home use, an 8oz hammer is sufficient. Be careful when using it, and don’t hit your hand.
Whether it’s squeaky doors and windows or a screeching sound when opening the iron gate, your home must have a WD40 to smooth it out. Spray it and the problem is immediately solved.
10. Electrical Tape
The electrical tape must be wrapped around the minor damage of the wire/copper wire so that it is insulated, preventing short circuits and protecting the contact points. It is simple and easy to use.