Your Essential Home Maintenance Toolkit

by Greg on April 5, 2013

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Around the home potential DIY emergencies can appear at any time. Whether it’s a blown fuse or leaking tap, it’s the little problems that can quickly escalate into bigger and much more expensive problems. So make sure you’re prepared for any home maintenance situations with this guide to putting together the essential tool kit…

A must have for any home, and a great new home gift or a leaving present for one of your children who is flying the nest, a home toolkit can be indispensable.

Firstly think about a suitable container, you may want to opt for a professional tool box which is great if you plan on doing lots of DIY. A simple Tupperware container or similar sealable box is also fine for those who just want the basic essentials. Just somewhere handy to keep all of the tools together and organised is sufficient.

Make sure you keep it somewhere safe, out of reach of young children, and somewhere easily accessible. Most importantly keep it somewhere you will remember to look in case of an emergency. What you choose to fill your essential home maintenance kit with really depends on the type of projects you think will crop up.

Fuses are a great thing to keep handy, as changing the fuse in a plug can bring back to life most electrical appliances. Always have a set of screwdrivers, make sure you have both flat headed and Phillips (cross headed) types to hand.

Having a few nails and screws can help when cupboard doors become loose, or if you want to hang pictures, put up shelves etc. A hammer will always come in useful around the home so be sure to have one stocked in your kit. Spanners, pliers, and a wrench are always useful, especially for leaking taps and pipes; at least they might help buy you some time before having to call a plumber.

Another great piece of kit for any home maintenance kit is a set of of 2-way radios, this can be ideal for when checking circuit breakers and when working in different rooms in your house. No need for a direct electricity source they can be used in a power cut and can be safer to use then a mobile phone, for example if you are working on a top of a ladder.

A few little additions to your tool kit can also be extremely useful in lots of different situations around the home. A ball of string, Duct tape, a couple of allen keys and a pencil, should assist you in countless DIY scenarios, from assembling flat pack furniture to a variety of small repairs around the home.

Make sure you have a few plasters in your tool box too, or better yet a fully stocked first aid kit also nearby, as accidents are always likely to occur when performing DIY around the home.

With a tool kit full of essentials such as the above, there’s no longer any excuse for putting of those DIY projects any longer, so come on, what are you waiting for?

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Charlie Curtis-Jones

Charlie works for the radio communication experts at www.twowayradios.co.uk, specialising in the sales, support and hire of two way radios and easy-to-use radio solutions.

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