10 Tools Every Homeowner Should Have

  1. Plunger:

    A clogged sink or toilet is one of the most inconvenient household problems. With a plunger on hand, you can usually get the water flowing again fast. It’s best to have two plungers: one for the sink and one for the toilet.

  2. Combination Wrench Set:

    One end of a combination wrench is open and the other end is a closed loop. Nuts and bolts are manufactured in standard and metric sizes, so it’s handy to have set of different sizes in both types. For the most leverage, always pull the wrench toward you. Also, avoid over-tightening.

  3. Slip-Joint Pliers:

    Use these to grab hold of a nail, nut, bolt, and much more. These pliers are versatile because of their jaws, which feature both flat and curved areas for gripping many things. They also have a built-in slip-joint, which allows you to quickly adjust the jaw size to suit most tasks.

  4. Adjustable Wrench:

    It can be somewhat awkward to use at first, but an adjustable wrench is ideal when you need wrenches of different sizes. Screw the jaws all the way closed to avoid damaging a bolt or nut.

  5. Caulking Gun:

    Caulking is a quick way to seal up gaps in tile, cracks in concrete, and leaks in certain types of piping. Caulking can provide thermal insulation and control water penetration. Caulk should be applied only to areas that are clean and dry.

  6. Flashlight:

    None of the tools you own will be of any use if you cannot visually inspect the situation. The problem—and solution—are apparent only with a good flashlight. A traditional two-battery flashlight is usually sufficient, as larger flashlights may be too unwieldy.  Of course, having backups at home (as well as in all your vehicles) is a must for emergency situations.

  7. Tape Measure: 

    Measuring house projects requires a tape measure—not a ruler or a yardstick. Tape measures come in many lengths, although one that is at least 25 feet is best.  Measure everything at least twice to ensure accuracy, regardless of the project.

  8. Hacksaw: 

    A hacksaw is useful for cutting metal objects, such as pipes, bolts and brackets. Hacksaws look thin and flimsy, but they’ll easily cut through even the hardest of metals. Blades are replaceable, so focus your purchase on a quality hacksaw frame.  Use a stable surface for cutting, and use caution, as a hacksaw injury can be painful and deep.

  9. Torpedo Level: 

    Only a level can be used to determine if something, such as a shelf, appliance or picture, is correctly oriented. The torpedo-style level is unique because it not only shows when an object is perfectly horizontal and vertical, but it also has a gauge that shows when an object is at a 45-degree angle. The bubble in the viewfinder must be exactly in the middle—not merely close.

  10. Safety Glasses / Goggles: 

    For all tasks involving a hammer, saw or a power tool, you should always wear safety glasses or goggles. They should also be worn while you mix chemicals, install insulation, and do major renovation projects involving tear-downs of building materials, such as drywall, because anything that can go airborne upon destruction can wind up in your eyes, causing irritation or injury.

Deck Repair

PSA: Building code requirements are the bare minimum allowed when constructing something that people can occupy. While a home inspection does not cite code, we do want to ensure our clients can live safely in their home. The majority of code is to make sure occupants are safe. For Example: I encourage you to take a look at your deck and deck structure. Often as homeowners, we don’t pay close attention to these structures and before you know it, they can fail. If you do happen to catch a deteriorated component make sure, at the bare minimum, its updated to current code. This deck that I inspected hit the trifecta of neglect, failure and improper repair. If you are adventurous I invite you to google, DECK FAILURE, and you will see NEW and OLD decks that have failed. I am always available by phone or email for a consultation if you have any questions.