In the age of smartphones, computers and apps, humans have become overly reliant on the technology. And even though technology and apps are good, there are some things that need to be taken care of physically by yourself. It's not always possible to rely on repairmen or people with skills to do the fixing for you. For monetary reasons or shortage of time. Even if you are not greatly skilled, there are still basic stuff that you can fix by yourself, especially by accessing the knowledge on the apps and internet that you rely on to begin with. However, in order to do that you need some basic tools inside your household.
Screwdrivers are possibly the most important basic tool you have access to. Its the thing your use to take things apart and put together. One needs two basic screwdrivers, a phillips head and a flat head. You may not need a large one but it is good to get both in medium size and really small size for smaller things like controllers, eyeglasses pair etc.
One set of Pliers isn’t enough. Get a small assortment of various sizes and shapes. The needle-nose pliers have the most common use of all. There are grooved pliers for nail removals and other stuff. Wire cutters are also essentially a part of the pliers family. They can help you cut wires for household and electrical repairs,
This tool resembles standard pliers but has a locking mechanism that grips and holds things tightly. Use it to grip a screw you want to remove or use two to twist sticky things apart. It provides a slip-free hold when you need it.
You may not think you need one, but a 25-foot tape measure will work for most jobs. Whether you measure for a tablecloth or window treatment, or a whole room for new flooring, choose one large enough to measure your home's spaces easily. A second smaller tape of 6 to 12 feet can be put in a pocket or purse for shopping trips or hanging pictures.
You get what you pay for here. Getting an accurate level for accurate positioning is important. A good sturdy level will last a lifetime (these are also called "torpedo levels" due to shapes of the tapered ends). A level is a must for straightening-up pictures, drilling holes in a level line, checking table top alignment, or mounting towel bars perfectly.
Whether you're hanging pictures or putting shelf supports up, a medium-weight hammer will cover most household jobs. Consider other sizes if you'll be doing either delicate projects or construction.
You may feel this is a luxury, but there are nearly endless uses for this handy tool. The obvious use is drilling pilot holes for nails and screws, but you can also insert screwdriver bits to help insert or remove screws.
Package Sealing Tape
Though it looks like wide Scotch tape, sealing tape is stickier and heavier weight. Use it to re-seal cardboard boxes, to tape together some slippery items (such as sticks of molding, etc, or to prepare boxed gifts for mailing. Get a large tape dispenser which will let you apply tape with one hand if you're moving and need to seal a lot of boxes.
Assortment of Nails and Screws
You might find pre-packaged sets of basic sizes at a home center or get a small divided box and put together a custom assortment that will come in handy when you hang pictures or make minor repairs.
You'll probably need to mark a drill hole or record a measurement. Have pencils handy and write on Post-it notes or bits of blue painter's tape if you don't want to write on the wall.
There are several varieties to choose from in knives. A fast, easy one has breakaway blades which are especially useful when doing a wallpaper or a delicate craft project. They are also handy when opening sealed boxes.