New homeowners Toolkit: Here are the tools you need to get started

Close-up of a must-have tool kit for new homeowners: a hammer, level, nails, screwdriver, drill set, wrench set, box cutter and needle nose pliers

As a homeowner, you are responsible for maintenance and repairs.

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Whether you’re moving from one house to another or you’re a first-time homeowner, moving into a home is an exhausting ordeal and it often comes with a whole new set of chores. As an owner, all the maintenance and repairs are up to you, and it’s important to know what you’ll need for the move. From painting the exterior of the lawn to manicuring, you’ll need tools for every project and DIY fix.

If you decide to perform the repairs yourself, this may savings over time, make sure you’re doing it with the right hardware. I’ll break down the different types of home repairs into categories and cover the basic tools you can use to complete any home maintenance and repair project.

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When we talk about low-level plumbing maintenance — other than untangling the blocked toilet drain — a few common tasks come to mind: Adjusting or replacing faucets, shower heads, and tightening drain nuts. There is a bevy of tools for these tasks, but most fall under the category of pliers. If I was forced to choose a single pair of pliers, I would go with a pair of 12-inch or larger groove-groove pliers. The jaws on these will adjust to accommodate many different sizes of nuts or tubes as required.

These pliers will make changing fixtures a breeze, although their size can sometimes get you in a jam when you’re working in a tight space, like under a kitchen sink. If you’re replacing a faucet in this scenario, you’ll want a basin wrench that’s specifically designed for those cramped quarters. You should also remember Teflon tape for all those threaded connections that will have feed water through them.

Sink p-trap – the small bend in pipe that catches things falling down the drain – often have common nuts with oversized knob features that you can tighten and loosen by hand. If not, or if you have a stubborn one, tongue and groove pliers will also do quick work of the task. This is great for when your wedding ring or favorite toy accidentally disappears down a drain!

You can choose to save hardware or similar big box to slot and groove pliers. A standalone pair could cost anywhere from five to twenty-five dollars, or you can buy a set of pliers with a few different size and style options for ten to forty dollars.

Check out some solid 12 inch pliers below.

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I wouldn’t suggest that you take on most residential electrical problems unless you are familiar with the basics. That being said, there is something Simple maintenance and troubleshooting tasks can be accomplished with the right tools and knowledge.

For about $30 you can pick up a decent test kit that includes a multimeter, outlet tester, and voltage pin (like this one). The socket tester does exactly what it says: if you notice strange behavior or a lack of power from a three-prong socket, simply plug it in. The lights on the device will illuminate to give you the all clear or an error code for further troubleshooting.

The multimeter is a must-have tool for anyone doing a real volume of residential electrical work. Among other things, the multimeter answers the basic question, “Is there voltage present, and if so, how much?” This tool is especially important if you’re just looking to troubleshoot or replace light switches or outlets. (Always remember to use a multimeter to confirm there is no power to a switch or outlet according to Turning off the appropriate circuit breaker for this device.)

If you’re swapping out electrical components, you’ll also need a decent set of screwdrivers in some cases, and maybe even a pair of wire strippers. If you need some advice on where to start, a manual might be helpful that way.

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You probably know you need a hammer, but a couple of often-overlooked tools for decorating your new home are a good spirit level and tape measure.

Measuring tapes are important when deciding which pieces of furniture will fit where in your new space. Or maybe you’re replacing floors or countertops – you’ll need to measure these areas if you’re looking for replacements yourself. So many things need to be measured and/or verified: window treatments, spacing for wall decor or TVs, or more ambitious projects (adding a deck, patio, or fence). Most tape measures do the same job about the same way, but occasionally you’ll find interesting features like built in pencil sharpeners, a writing area or even bubble levels. One of the main differences between most standard tape measures is their measuring capacity, or length, which ranges from a few feet to around 30 feet.

Speaking of levels, you can never have enough – I probably have about 10 itself! A good level is me in handy if you’re putting all these pictures and decor in your new home – I for my part a serial “straightener” crooked photos in my own (and sometimes other people) houses. But it is just as important to your level with your new kitchen appliances to use – a washing machine or a stove that is not level, may experience decreased performance.

Finally, this tool could cover all the topics covered in most of the listings I’ll give here, but at some point you’ll need a decent drill. It doesn’t have to be the most expensive name brand you can find, but I would recommend a cordless drill of at least 18-volts. Most products you can find at your local big box store will be fine. As important as the drill to go get him the bits themselves. Having a nice piece of diversity on hand will ensure that you are able to handle any jobs your home throws at you – hanging your new TV, drywall repairs, new door locks, or hanging new curtains. Try determined to be ready for anything, a bit like this!

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Now that you’ve moved in and started decorating, it’s only a matter of time before you do concerningdecorate (or try to repair the hole in the wall of your child swears they didn’t do it).

Most residential interior walls are drywall, sometimes called plasterboard or plasterboard. Drywall is a sheet of material that comes in varying thicknesses. It is attached with drywall screws in the wall directly to the wooden post. The majority of drywall repairs are of the “nail hole” variety – holes in the wall from hanging photos or art. For repairing this small hole you will need Spackle, a tape or spatula (small is OK – 2 inches would work for this) and some sandpaper. I actually prefer joint compound, or “mud” to spackle since you can use it on both small and large drywall repairs. The same doesn’t apply to spackle, which only work for small drywall repairs.

For your sandpaper, you can use sandpaper blocks that have two different grit or roughness levels on the same block. For these repairs, I would recommend at least a grit in the 80 to 120 range, and a smoother finish grit closer to 300.

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After all the decoration, renovation and wall repair, you must go to paint. Before we even get started, here’s a tip: Write down every paint brand and color code you use anywhere in your home. Matching colors can be an extremely frustrating task – and often ends up repainting entire rooms if you don’t have that information at hand.

For small touch-ups you will need brushes of different sizes depending on the painting area and location, painters tape (to block off different colored trim or other important fixings) and a drop of cloth. If you drip small amounts of paint onto most floor surfaces and act quickly, they can be cleaned up easily. But if you’re working over carpet or spilling a half-gallon of paint, it’s best to cover that surface with a drop cloth.

If you stroke a larger area or entire walls, switch to a paint roller. An extension pole for scooters save you some back / neck pain. I would also recommend a painter tool to help clean up and a paint tray, but make sure you get the associated disposable bag. You save a lot of time in the cleanup, especially when working with multiple colors.

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For many of you, owning your first home also means a whole new world of responsibilities outdoors Your House. Fortunately, most exterior facades are durable and don’t require too much maintenance. Depending on your location, the occasional sweeping may be sufficient, or you may want a water hose to hose down dust build-up. If you are in an area with heavy traffic or an unusually high level of dirt in the air, consider getting a pressure washer. which one do you ask We’ve got that covered too.

A hose also helps if you have lots of garden space in your garden and where we’re on the subject – the grass does not cut without saying! At least you want to remove a mower. If you have a new electric push mower pleasure, we have a new list of the best here. You may also need a lawn trimmer for Hofkanten or to get into tight spaces and around stationary objects to trim around. If you are with the seasons deciduous trees in your yard that drops leaves have, picking its value a rake or leaf blower on. If you choose a blower, they can help you manage and grass clippings!

Maintenance and repairs are often overlooked when considering other investments such as smart devices, vehicles or houses. Many of these tasks are only properly done by licensed professionals, but there is much to be done by the enthusiastic user – you! If you have or are thinking about buying your first home, this information should help you be happy in your new place to work.

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