Look, homeowner: If you 've always wanted to be more convenient around the house, or solve a problem that needs but is invested in for a long time --
After the repair, the first step may be to go to the hardware store. Do-it-
Your own TV show gives the confidence of many ordinary people, whether it's fixing the leaking faucet or fixing the loose hinges on the front door, who can try the door-to-door repair.
But if you don't have the right tools, it doesn't matter to be confident in the world.
"Whether it's in a junk drawer or a bucket, you should at least have a pair of pliers, hammers and screwdrivers," says Randy Seve, manager of real value hardware, moderstowe, California
The space taken up by these basic tools is small enough to do a lot of small fixesit jobs.
Setliff said: "If you don't have at least that basic knowledge, then you probably don't know what the purpose of using the tool is.
"Beginners who walk into the hardware store may be overwhelmed by all the tools on the shelves, from cordless electric drills and caulking guns to saws and screwdrivers.
If you're not sure what to buy, some hardware experts have suggestions for assembling a well
Figure out what you need before you go to the hardware store.
In his 2005 book "tools" (
Firefly book, $19. 95)
Author Steve Doz has a list of questions when evaluating tool requirements.
What are your most common tasks? Do you have a lot of frame wall art to hang? You need a level to make sure your photos don't bend.
Don't forget to put a hammer on those nails.
How often do you use it, you don't need to spend a lot of money on a tool that is only used once.
If your project needs a saw or other expensive gadget, consider borrowing one from a friend or renting one.
Some home and hardware stores rent tools to customers for hours or even days.
One sentence about borrowing tools: Needless to say, if your neighbor is good enough to lend you his precious combined laser level and stud finder, return it by promptly returning it under the same conditions.
How much can you spend, if cheaper but good, you don't have to buy the most expensive tool in stock
Homemade models are available.
Of course, don't rush to buy the cheapest tool you can find.
If the tool breaks down after several uses and you have to buy a replacement, then it may end up costing you more.
Really valuable Setliff suggests spending more money on the basic tools that are most commonly used.
If the space is a less and less item in your home, do you have the space to store it? Or you swear to get rid of all the sundries piled up in the tool shed, and if you don't have a place to save, you might think twice before you buy this wet/dry vacuum.
Therefore, you have answered the questions you need for your tool and are ready to assemble the starter kit.
There is a list of basic knowledge that the most convenient person says is a necessity.
The first item to consider is the toolbox.
Save your most important tool in a container that organizes everything together so you don't have to search around for items when you need them.
What size you buy depends on how much you will put.
If you have a lot of screws, nails, washers and other small and rich parts, consider a toolbox with a cubicle that can hold these items.
Make sure the box you want is plastic or metal.
A good metal toolbox may be sturdy, but it will also be heavier than a plastic one, so it is more cumbersome to transport.
Now you're ready to fill that toolbox.
In his book, Dodds includes a list of several basic tools.
For example, he has advice on pipe, car and electrical work.
When you go to the store, make sure you handle the tools you are considering.
The right tools should make you feel good, says Setliff.
If you feel embarrassed or too heavy, continue to look for it;
Otherwise, you don't have to waste money.
Speaking of wasted cash, one of the mistakes Setliff sees clients make is that they start a project and don't know what they need to do it.
He has seen people who have been to the hardware store many times, buying a part or tool every time, only to find that it is not the right item.
If you are new, he suggests you talk to someone who is more experienced in home repairit-
Your own project.
The basics of your toolbox here are a starter list of tools that can prove helpful to the house. --Hammer --Screwdrivers (
There are at least two Phillips and two slotted or flat head screwdrivers)--Needle-nose or long-nosed pliers --Hacksaw --
Adjustable crescent wrench or wrench set (¼-inch to 1-inch)--10-inch to 12-
Inch torpedo level-Flashlight --Tape measure --12-
Cordless electric drill-Gloves --
Goggles/eye protection--Utility knife --Duct tape --Caulking gun --Sandpaper --Pipe wrench --
Deputy handle--Wire cutters --Hand saw --
Toilet piston-File --