Anyway, Mr. Hawkins knows his way around the toolbox, so I asked if he'd give us his top ten tools. You know, so we can each have put together our own toolsets. To put in a pink (possibly furry) toolbox and modpodge all the tools to be cute and coordinating... Just kidding. Or am I?
The 10 Should-Have Tools for Your Toolbox
by Seth R. Hawkins
In an effort to appease the great blog-gods that be [note from Lu: pretty sure he means me and Debra...], I was asked to pen a post about the top 10 tools you should have in your toolbox.
I’m not entirely sure why I was asked to do this instead of Tim Allen. The best I could come up with is:
- I own more tools than my wife owns British romantic-novel-inspired-movies (admittedly by a small margin).
- I am the DH of Lu’s BFF. LOL. NCIS. FBI. CVS. Did I get all those terms right? I don’t care how catchy DH has become in bloggy land, men the world over will still consider DH a baseball term.
- Lu’s still feeling guilty about teaming up with my wife and mishandling my drill, destroying more titanium-tipped drill bits in one project than I’ve destroyed in a lifetime. [note: this may or may not be true. I plead the fifth.]
A small disclaimer: Though I am handy with home repairs and know my way around tools, I am by no means a professional. My top 10 may vary from another man’s, but I feel like this list is a nice, well-rounded toolkit.
Now for the list (in no particular order). Hold on to your arc welders.
10. Claw Hammer
What you may not know about the claw hammer is that there are different sizes and weights. Many hammers that feel comfortable to men may feel too heavy and unbalanced for some women. Go to the hardware store and try out a few weights until you find one that feels comfortable to you. Other considerations are the handles, which can be either wood, plastic or have padded grips.
9. Phillips Screwdriver
8. Flathead/Slot ScrewdriverThere are two main types of screwdrivers: Phillips and Flathead/Slot. Why two? Well, each type of screwdriver fits a certain type of screw shape.
You need both of these screwdrivers in your toolbox. These also come in a variety of sizes. Unfortunately, one size does not fit all. You definitely need a standard size of both screwdriver types, but it’s also good to have a set of smaller screwdrivers for small electronic devices. Fortunately, these can usually be purchased for a small price and many dollar stores even carry them nowadays.
7. Needle-nose pliers with wire cutter
6. Vice-grip pliers
5. Tape Measure
4. Utility knife
Speaking of blades, a utility knife is only as useful as its blade. Blades should be regularly replaced. As soon as the blade starts to give some steady resistance, it’s time to replace the blade. A dull blade causes you to apply more pressure and may lead to slippage and injuries. The blades are inexpensive, so take care of this minor, albeit important detail.
I should also note that there are many types of blades. In general stick with the pointed-tip blades. The curved-tip blades, sometimes ironically labeled “safety blades” can often slip and cause injury. The downside to the pointed-tipped blades is they can easily stab and cause injury that way.
3. Adjustable Wrench
(also sometimes called a crescent wrench or monkey wrench)
2. Combination Wrench Set
2a. Socket Wrench Set
(sometimes also called a ratchet set)
I feel bad I had to leave off some other favorite tools, but this is a good list that should get you going and meet most of your tool needs. Almost all of these tools are relatively inexpensive. I think the tool I paid the most for in my toolbox are my vice-grip pliers, but they are worth every penny.
Good luck putting your toolbox together or adding some new items. Besides, this will be the one shopping trip where your husband may actually enjoy joining you and won’t complain about your purchases. Well, too much.
Did you hear that, Housewives? Straight from the man's mouth... take your men shopping!
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