By this time, you are probably back (or at least preparing to go back) in your condo, dorm, apartment or home in the city, now that many are starting to return to the physical offices or attend face-to-face classes in universities.
In those two years you haven’t seen your halfway home however, it’s likely you’ll see a few repairs needing your attention—leaky faucets, broken cabinet doors, or loose door hinges. Not to worry though, because these are easy and simple enough to fix by yourself, provided that you have these essential tools at home. ADVERTISEMENT
A small one will do, especially if you’ll be dealing small, cramped spaces. There are different types of hammers but with a basic smooth-faced, clawed hammer, you’re good to go. Experts recommend getting hammers that are made of fiberglass or metal handle instead of a wood one, for durability.
Stock up on nails, bolts and screws that you see in your space. It saves you the hassle of running to the nearest hardware store every time something needs fixing. A few of these will do—finishing nails, galvanized nails, vinyl nails, stud anchors, and drywall screws.FEATURED STORIES BUSINESS Weeks before Duterte gone, PH gets P2.9B loan for bridges BUSINESS Lucio Tan’s 29-year-old grandson primed to take empire’s reins BUSINESS MPIC sets precondition to buy Ayala stake in LRT 1
These two are a must in your tool box as most home repairs require a screwdriver and pliers.
You don’t need to get all types though . For screwdrivers, you’ll be needing at least a Phillips head screwdriver and a flat head screwdriver. Needle-nose and cutting pliers are must-haves to especially when doing electrical repairs.
It’s best to have double adhesives, duct tape, and electric tape in stock as you can use these to easily patch, repair or secure hanging items and exposed wires. These come in different grades, and may be used for both indoors and outdoors. Best to check the kind of repairs you’ll be doing to make sure you get the right type for you.
Yes, you can use your phone, but if you’re about to do some heavy tasks and repairs within the space, you will need a heavy-duty flashlight. Stock up on batteries, too, to make sure you’ll have a working flashlight every time the need calls for it.
If you want to skip the hassle of buying these items one by one, opt for a starter toolbox kit which is available in most hardware stores and even online shops. These usually have the basic tools you will need for simple home repairs. It’s a great way to get started and you can simply add a few more tools along the way.
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