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Homeowners basic household repair tool kit

Updated on February 6, 2015

Saving money on basic household repairs

I believe you will agree with me, the single biggest challenge we homeowners face today, learning how to keep up with all the home repairs and routine maintenance jobs crucial to keeping our home’s systems and appliances working properly.

Nevertheless, the big question, should we do them ourselves, or hire a home repair service. For the big home repair jobs, we realize hiring a home repair contractor is the best course of action, however as for the routine stuff, one of those home repair company’s service call fees alone cost more than the parts and materials needed for the basic home repair jobs.

With the frugalness that motivates us to get our hands dirty and save our hard-earned money, all we really need is our own Homeowners basic household repair tool kit, and reward ourselves with the money we save.

Updated basic tool kit

For many of us, our moms and dad’s basic tool kit consisted of your common everyday hand tools such as, a 16-ounce claw hammer, straight blade and Phillips screwdrivers, wire pliers, and other basic items used back in the day. All of which still come in quite handy today to be sure.

However, for us the next generation of homeowners, putting together our own basic household repair tool kit, we need to include a few of today’s handy home repair and remodeling items. Let us face the facts, times have changed, as well as the tools and materials we will need to get the home repair or improvement job done right the first time, and save our hard-earned money we will use as our own reward.

Basic tool kit makes home repairs easy

Household repair tool kit should include the highest quality tools needed to get a job done.

For instance, a short time ago, we were having problems with our hot water heater, not enough hot water for the wife and kid’s morning showers, not good. When mom’s not happy dad is not a happy camper, I think you know what I mean.

After a quick call to, and short discussion with the Plummer, we quickly learned, just a simple service call cost $89.95. Additionally, there would be the normal hourly rate of $69 an hour when the Plummer arrived at our door. You can do the math. Oh, by the way, it would be at least a week before he would be able to get to us, unless we wanted to pay for an emergency call at three times the normal rates.

The cost of the parts and materials to do the repair ourselves, $20 for the lower heating element and gasket for our electric water heater, $10 for the spanner wrench to remove the heating element, and among our other basic repair tools, an electrical multimeter, and a couple of hours of a Saturday morning.

Believe me, if you can use a computer or your cell phone to search the Internet, and follow instructions you to can easily use an electrical digital multimeter.

The best power tools for home owners t

Power tools save time and money

There are two types of power tools. The often-overlooked corded power tools and the ever-popular cordless power tools from which we have to choose. A word to the wise, corded power tools weigh less than cordless tools of the same size and power rating, are less expensive, and they never need charging. As for cordless power tools, they do not have a cord to fool with. Therefore their power and work they will do is limited to the amount of charge in the battery. Cordless power tools also cost more for the convenience factor. However, when there is no electrical power where the work is, using cordless power tools is the only way to get the job done.

Dewalt 20v max cordless hammer drill

Homeowners basic household repair tool kit

Power tools for the homeowner

Electric drill driver, a high quality heavy-duty 3/8 inch chuck variable speed drill driver is one of, if not the most, versatile power tools we should own. Here again a corded drill is far less expensive than the comparable heavy-duty cordless drill drivers are. Something else you may need to consider, is drilling into concrete, brick or other masonry products requires a hammer drill. If you only want to buy one drill, and you want more power and the flexibility to drill into wood, concrete, and drive a wide array of fasteners get a drill with hammer drill capabilities.

Circular saw, eventually there is that home improvement project that requires, making a straight cut to a sheet of plywood, OSB, or MDF. Shoot, if your luck is anything like mine. You will find yourself needing to cut a half-inch or so off the bottom of the kitchen cabinet to make room for the new larger family sized fridge you got a great deal on.

After removing the six cabinet screws anchoring, it to the wall, and taking the cabinet down, the next step was to mark a line around the bottom of the cabinet.

Next, break out the trusty cordless circular saw set up with an 80-tooth carbide blade and make a nice smooth cut on all four sides of the cabinet, sand the edges, put on a couple coats of finish, and put that puppy back where it belongs. After rolling the fridge back under the custom fit cabinet, call it a job well done and reward yourself with a frosty adult beverage for another home improvement job completed on time, and under budget.

Orbital sander, sanding a drywall repair, refinishing furniture, or countless other household repairs around the house, requires a bit of sanding from time to time. Now we have two options, we can use the ole sanding by hand process, or we can sand our home repair projects a much easier way, use an orbital sander.

With the wide array of sandpaper grits available today, extra fine, fine, medium and course grit sandpaper makes the orbital palm sander a great home repair tool for sanding a small scratch on a hardwood floor, drywall patch, refinishing patio furniture, or your favorite coffee or end table. 

Homeowners must have basic hand tools

Homeowners basic household repairs, ultimate tool kit

Hand tools

Set of straight blade and Phillips tip screwdrivers.

Standard straight blade screwdrivers for slotted head fasteners,

1/8in tip X 3in length,

1/4in X 2in length,

1/4in tip X 4in length,

5/16in tip X 6in length

3/8in X 8in length

Cabinet straight blade screwdrivers for slotted fasteners,

3/16in tip X 3in length

3/16in tip X 6in length

Phillips tip screwdrivers for Phillips head fasteners,

#00 Phillips tip X 3in length is for extremely small screws used in electronics

#0 Phillips tip X 3in length

#1 Phillips tip X 3in length

#2 Phillips tip X 4in length

#3 Phillips tip 8in length

#4 Phillips tip 8in length

● Torx screwdrivers

T-10 X 6in length

T-15 X 6in length

T-20 X 6in length

T-25 X 6in length

T-30 X 6in length

The best must have pliers and cutters

3 piece Channel lock pliers set should include one each of the 6 ½ inch, 9 ½ inch, and 12-inch tongue and groove pliers.

● Slip joint pliers

● Diagonal wire cutting pliers

● Wire stripper

● Vise Grip pliers

● Needle nose pliers

● Heavy-duty shears

The best hammer, and easy to use stud finder

Basic carpentry tools

● 16 ounce carpenters hammer

● Speed square

● Torpedo level

● 25-foot heavy-duty tape measure

● Chalk line

● Electronic stud finder

● 22-ounce framing hammer

Homeowners basic plumbing repair tool kit

Basic plumbing tools

● Heavy-duty force cup plunger

● 1/4in X 25ft sewer snake

● 3/4in X 100ft flat sewer rod

video on how to use a 25ft sewer snake

The best wrench and socket set

Basic wrenches

● Combination wrench set sae and metric sizes

● 1/4in and 3/8in standard and metric socket wrench set

● 3 piece adjustable wrench set

The best clamps make home repairs easy

Basic clamps and pry bars

● A minimum of 2 Quick grip mini bar clamp, these handy clamps are great for holding small items while glue dries, sanding, and designs

● A minimum of 2 Quick grip 6in mini bar clamp, come in extremely handy for holding things in place, like the face frames of kitchen cabinets while drilling holes for the cabinet mounting screws.

● A minimum of 2 Quick grip 24in bar clamp and spreader are a must have when you need an extra hand holding things in place.

● A minimum of 4 Quick grip 2in handy clamps, these handy clamps are great for holding stop blocks on the fence of a miter saw for all those repetitive cutting projects, drop cloths in place, patterns on a work piece, and countless other projects.

Stanly 12in Wonderbar is a great tool for removing base moldings, crown moldings and chair rail molding from the drywall.

Stanly FatMax extreme Fubar utility bar is a heavy-duty demolition and remodelers best friend. When the remodeling project calls for removing old framing materials, an old hardwood floor, ceramic tile you need a heavy-duty wrecking bar to do, this is the kind of tool you want.

Homeowners basic household repair tool kit

Ladder and step stool

 ● 6ft step ladder or A frame ladder comes in handy when painting and cutting in around crown molding, light fixtures, and ceiling fans.

3ft Warner step rite type II step stool is a great way to change light bulbs in overhead light fixtures, clean windows, and reach the top shelf in the kitchen cabinets.

Little Giant M-22 ladder system is the best alternative to the need of having several different sizes of ladders for all the high reaching projects around our home. From cleaning out leaves in the gutters, to changing light bulbs in interior and exterior lighting fixtures, painting around windows, and working on the stairs. This one ladder system will help you get all your jobs done that require a ladder. Wile saving money and storage space for an assortment of different styles and sizes of ladders you would otherwise need.

Homeowners basic household repair tool kit

Self-reliant and frugal, DIYers like you and I really need our own homeowners basic household repair tool kit. Start collecting yours today, start with hand tools you know and build from there. Challenge yourself to learn how to use different power tools, so you too will be ready for all those nagging home repair, and home improvement jobs. You have been putting off around your house yourself. After all our homes is our single biggest investment in our future.

Home improvement projects increase our home’s value and reward you. Mike

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    • Teddletonmr profile imageAUTHOR

      Mike Teddleton 

      10 years ago from Midwest USA

      Katie, good to hear from you, thanks for stopping by...

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      Katie McMurray 

      10 years ago from Ohio

      We homeowners need basic household repair tool kit to keep up with the many tasks that come up in the home. If you don't have what it takes you let it go and it gets really bad.

      Thanks for the tips. :) Katie

    • Teddletonmr profile imageAUTHOR

      Mike Teddleton 

      10 years ago from Midwest USA

      Imchemist welcome to HubPages, and thanks for your comment.

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      10 years ago

      Its very informative hub , i rated it useful . thanks for sharing it


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