The Essential Tiny Tool Kit Everyone Should Have At Home

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The Essential Tiny Tool Kit Everyone Should Have At Home

Wherever you live, everyone needs some basic tools to assist with household tasks. We've compiled a group of tools that won't take up valuable cupboard space, but will also have you prepared for the next fix-it job around the house.

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  • Screwdrivers: Go with the stubby variety to save the most space. A flat head and Phillips head screwdriver are both essential, but for the most versatility a screwdriver with interchangeable heads will work best
  • Heavy Duty Scissors: Skip office scissors, which will wilt under the pressure of cutting rope or fabric. A set of contractor-grade scissors has many uses from the kitchen to the workshop.
  • Crescent Adjustable Spanner: An adjustable spanner is a must-have in any tiny tool kit. Consider a kit that includes multiple sizes, so you've got all your nuts and bolt sizes covered.
  • Tape Measure: From woodworking to interior design, a tape measure is indispensable.
  • Level: A standard spirit level with a measuring scale is necessary when installing shelves and can be helpful when hanging mirrors or artwork. But there's also an app for that.
  • Hammer: A stubby claw hammer will do 90% of the jobs around the house.
  • Pliers: If you've got the space then go with a slip-joint and long nose pair of pliers.

Comments

  • think your over complicating the matter
    All a real man needs are some zip ties and some gaffa tape and we can do anything!

    I live in an apartment complex and from my experience its not a matter of if people have the tools, its a matter of if they know how to use them. (“seriously, its lefty loosy, righty tighty… how FCKN hard is that to remember Deb!”)

  • I would add some teflon tape (for bathrooms)
    Duct tape, zip ties, Size snips and a good sharp knife (box cutter)

  • Better off to have a full size screwdriver. You get far more torque with a longer one. Less effort. The tiny amount of extra space used up is worth it. Also screw those ones with a million heads floating around in one handle, they’re terrible.

    A decent screwdriver set was one of the best investments I ever made.

  • Letherman, gaff, and if you are expecting some intense jobs then add a can of wd40 (or some innox if you are a wd hater)

  • I’m with cesario and unknown_101: You missed duct tape (I use it to make zip tie type things).

    And you missed WD40.

    Rule of the tool box: “If it moves and shouldn’t grab the duct type. If it doesn’t move and should, time to use the WD40”.

  • I have a very large flat bladed screw driver (about 15″) in the car, I never use it as a screwdriver but to lever things. like a small crowbar.

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