Handyman tips: 5 essential tools for your toolbox on a budget

Whether it’s a nail in the wall or a leak in the sink, every home owner needs a few handy tools around the house. If you are unsure where to start, here is Handyman Gauteng’s list of five basic essentials every toolbox should have that won’t break the bank:

Screwdriver set – Need to open a paint lid, or perhaps open a child-proof battery compartment, screwdrivers are a must. Make sure you get ones that are comfortable to hold and have a magnetic tip. For even less strain on your wrist, consider a ratchet screwdriver.

Claw hammer – Do you need to hang a picture frame, or pull out old (or bent) nails? Your toolbox would not be complete without a hammer. Look for ones with a rubber or plastic handle for a better grip and to absorb shock.

Tape measure – No matter how good you think your eyes are, everyone knows you need to measure twice so that you can cut once. A tape measure is your key to a professional finish. Fun fact: the wider the tape measure the easier it is to use with one hand.

Adjustable wrench – You don’t need a set of wrenches, one will do. Use this for tightening nuts and bolts of varying sizes and also for loosening plumbing fixtures. For large projects where you will be tightening and loosening countless nuts and bolts, invest in a socket wrench set with a ratchet handle. Life will be so much easier.

Pliers – Look out for locking, adjustable pliers as they are extremely versatile and can be used for gripping, clamping and wire cutting. For more detailed gripping work, like fixing jewellery, invest in needle-nose pliers.

Whether you’re a rookie or an expert, these tools will see you through countless jobs around the home. However if the task requires professional handling contact our handyman in Gauteng today.

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