10 Must-have Tools

Being a handyman isn’t the entitlement of a select few in society. However, they are a necessity. Nonetheless, today’s economy should make everyone a handyman. Here are the top 10 tools you need in your toolkit.

Owning your own car, house or apartment brings a beautiful feeling of independence. However, with that independence comes the curved balls that life periodically throws at you, for which it behooves you to be prepared always. 

Something that life did, which you did not expect. Remember when you were in a rush to get somewhere only to realize your car would not start or had a flat tire? What about that time when you needed something off the top shelf in the kitchen and there was nothing safe to stand on for you to reach that shelf? Did you ever try to take something apart or put it together and wished you had a tool with which to do it? These are some moments in life when you had wished you had one tool or another to perform a quick fix so you can move on to more important matters. Unfortunately, those little things probably held you up.

The tools below are a must-have in your collection if you are to overcome those issues that pop up on you at the most inconvenient times:

Screw Drivers:  From a loose door handle to a faucet head, a pot-cover handle to an electrical appliance in the kitchen, a screw driver comes in very handy for quick fixes.


Pliers and Wrenches: Not every slow drip requires a plumber or handyman. You can quickly tackle most repairs that only require a little tightening if you have pliers or wrenches readily available.


Hammer: Though not frequently used, a hammer is a good tool to have in hand when a need for one arises. Improvising with random objects around the house does not get the job done like the real thing. 


Power Drills:  A power drill with a good assortment of bits will take care of your weekend or spontaneous projects such as putting together that furniture you just picked up from Ikea.


Jump Cables or Jump Starter:  You may not be the one in need of a jump start but having jump cables on hand is a great help when there is a vehicle with a run-down battery and good Samaritans willing to help. Though you may not care for praises and accolades, the person getting the jump start will be most appreciative of your assistance. Should you be the one in need of a jump start, a jump starter would get you on your way very quickly.


Hydraulic Car Jack:  Yes, every car comes with a jack but having a hydraulic jack readily available will get you on the road quickly when you wake up to a flat tire. The ease with which you lift a car, using a hydraulic jack, is unparalleled.


Air Compressor: Sometimes your tire pressure is low due to cold weather or a slow leak. Either way, topping up the air before hitting the road is advisable. An air compressor will save you a search for a gas station with a functioning air pump while driving with a deflated tire. This will help prevent potentially damaging your tire.


Ladder: Getting an item off the top shelf or cleaning your gutters? You cannot go wrong with a ladder. Be it a step ladder for use in the kitchen or an extension ladder for reaching even higher places, you are safer on a ladder than improvised objects.


Plunger and Toilet Snake: Possibly one of your worst nightmares is a backed-up toilet when you have guests coming over. The ability to quickly mitigating a would-be embarrassing event with a plunger or toilet snake is priceless. 


Wet/ Dry Shop Vac: A spill on your carpet, favorite rug or your car’s upholstery would get you springing into action quickly. Cleaning up such spills would sometimes require the ability to quickly dry the affected area. A wet/ dry vacuum is a good tool to have when cleaning up dry or wet mess that require vacuuming.

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