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a basic toolkit |
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you’re not exactly the handy type? Even if you never in your life plan
to use any of those skills they tried to teach you back in middle school
woodshop, there are a few basic tools that you’ll want to have on hand
for decorating, repairing and maintaining your home.
screwdriver, flathead + Philips head
you’ll want an assortment of flathead (fig.1) and Philips head
(fig. 2) screwdrivers, to cover a range of screw sizes. Longer
screwdrivers are good, as they can give you access to hard-to-reach
places. Try to use Philips head screwdrivers with Philips head
screws (the ones with the cross rather
| than the single
slot) – your screwdriver may slip if you try to make do with a
flathead, and can potentially cause injury, or at the very least possibly wreck your screws.
It’s generally a
good idea to buy quality hand tools, as the well-crafted ones
really will last you a lifetime. (Oftentimes top-brand names such
as Craftsman will offer lifetime warranties. Splurging on
professional quality, however, is probably overkill, unless for
some reason you’re planning to make use of your tools on a daily
basis). With hammers especially, however, be sure to avoid the
real cheap-os … the metal head
snap off from the wood handle rendering your tool completely
useless. A good general purpose hammer to look for is a basic carpenter’s
claw hammer (fig. 3).
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