Home Improvement

Building 101: What's in Your Toolbox? (Part 1)

Here are basic items every toolbox should have


You need to secure a loose hinge at home. One of the chairs needs to be repaired. What do you do? Work on simple home repairs with your trusty toolboox! But first, you have to make sure that it's complete.

Styling by Gwyn GS Guanzon. Photographed by Miguel Nacianceno.

Material from Real Living's Handy Hints and Instant Makeovers: 35 Easy Home Projects (2010). To view other Real Living Home Ideas Books, visit https://www.summitnewsstand.com.ph/real-living/specials.

Make sure you have these:

1. Toolbox

A sturdy plastic toolbox such as this is big enough to accommodate tools for minor home repairs.

Stanley 16"/40cm Tool Box, Handyman

2. Saw

You would need both hack saw (for cutting tough materials such as metal) and hand saw (for cutting wood).

Daiken Hack Saw, Daiken Hand Saw, Handyman

3. Hammer

Stock up on claw hammers -- in 8-oz and 16-oz weights -- for pounding and pulling out nails. 

Buffalo 16-oz Claw Hammer and Lotus 8-oz Claw Hammer, Handyman

4. Gloves and Goggles

Even if you're only doing minor fix-its, there's nothing to lose if you prioritize safety by wearing these.

Daiken Safety Goggles, TrueSafe Safety Gloves, Handyman

5. Staple Gun

This tool is quite handy not just for crafting, but also for doing upholstery repairs.

Lotus 3-Way Staple Gun, Handyman

Watch out for the rest of our toolbox basics tomorrow!

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