Home Improvement

Building 101: What's in Your Toolbox? (Part 2)

Be prepared for simple home repairs with these tools


Complete your handy caddy at home with these tools.

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.

To complete your toolbox, you'll need:

6. Pliers

Bend and cut wires and similar materials with pliers, which come in three kinds: long-nosed, diagonal, and combination.

Long-nose Pliers, Diagonal Pliers, Combination Pliers, Handyman

7. Screwdrivers

Opt for a set of screwdrivers for a complete stash. If you're buying per piece, make sure to purchase Philips and the flat-head type.

All-in-one Screwdriver, Handyman

8. Tape measure

It's crucial to be precise in getting measurements, precisely why it's important to have this on standby.

Stanley 8m Tape Measure, Handyman

9. Level

Worried that your mounted artwork is askew? This tool, with air bubbles in liquid vials make sure the object is aligned.

Buffalo Handy Level, Handyman

10. Nails, Hooks, Screws

Have on hand both 1-inch finishing nails and 1-1/2-inch common nails for quick repairs, and hooks and screws for mounting artworks. These small helpers can easily clutter your toolbox, so group them together in drawer organizers.

Nail, Handyman

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