It is not always necessary to pay for a professional service call for installation and repair of products in your home. A few simple tools can save you hundreds of dollars by fixing minor problems and completing DIY projects yourself.

1. Tool Set

Every home should have a basic tool set. The set should include a claw hammer, pliers, wrenches, and slotted and Phillips screwdrivers. Pliers are great for grasping, twisting, and opening stuck caps on glue bottles. A claw hammer has a built-in nail puller that not only allows you to pull out nails but hammer them as well. It is essential to have both slotted and Phillips screwdrivers in your tool set because screws come in both drive types, and they are not interchangeable. Wrenches are useful for tightening or loosening nuts and bolts.

2. Cordless Drill

Cordless Drill

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A cordless drill is one of the most convenient tools you can own. In addition to drilling holes, it can be turned into an automatic screwdriver with its bits, which will save you time and from a sore wrist when you put together or take apart a piece of furniture. It is a powerful tool which makes driving screws and removing stubborn screws a breeze. Better yet, there are cordless drill attachments designed for stirring paint.

3. Wet/Dry Shop Vacuum

A wet/dry shop vacuum is designed for use in a woodshop or garage and are easy to carry around. It is great for vacuuming out your car, sawdust in your garage, or dirt in your basement without the need of dragging out, and possibly damaging, your expensive vacuum cleaner.

Because a wet/dry shop vacuum is designed to clean up liquids, it is a quick solution in an emergency, should you have water overflow from broken pipes or spillage. A word of caution, however. In the case of a clogged drain, it should be repaired quickly. If you can’t unclog it easily, call a professional plumber because a clogged drain can contaminate your water supply, damage your pipes, or flood your home.

4. Multipurpose Flashlights

Flashlights are great for locating items behind your refrigerator, looking for things in the attic, or when replacing your furnace filter. Multipurpose flashlights have features like bendable beams, area lights, and built-in stands or hangers. They are ideal for nighttime activities and are lifesavers during power outages or other emergencies. You don’t have to purchase expensive multipurpose flashlights, but make sure you have several multipurpose flashlights in your home, in addition to simple hand-held ones. It is an excellent idea to keep extra batteries handy.

Headlamp lights attach to either a headband or cap and shines light directly where you are looking and working. These come in handy for certain jobs around the home or garage.

These essential tools are inexpensive and can be found at your local home improvement store. Once you have them, you will be on your way to savings, ease, and convenience when fixing things around your house.

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