There are many inexpensive – $10 or less – tools that should be must-have additions to your toolbox.
Create a stash of tools used by professional contractors that will simplify any of your DIY projects.
1. Bath and sink hair snare
One of the most common plumbing problems homeowners face is a clogged sink or tub drain.
Most often, the culprit is simply a clump of hair that has become lodged in the drain.
Add an inexpensive hair snare to your homeowner’s tool kit so you can remove the hair without the hassles of disassembling the plumbing.
Just slide the tool into the drain opening and retract slowly.
You might be surprised at the volume of hair the tool snags on its way out.
2. Plastic taping knives
As most homeowners can attest, minor drywall repairs go hand in hand with home ownership and do-it-yourself repairs.
Professional taping knives can be expensive, and it just does not make much sense to spend your hard-earned cash on these tools unless you’re facing a large volume of drywall repairs.
Plastic taping knives are great for tackling minor drywall repairs around your home.
In addition, they also come in handy when applying tacky substances such as roofing tar, glue and other materials.
Their low cost means you won’t have to spend precious time cleaning them as you can simply chuck them in the trash.
3. 10-in-1 painters tool
One of the first things aspiring painters learn on the job is that they must always carry a damp rag and painter’s tool in their pocket.
This convenient tool is a must have for a homeowner’s tool kit.
Most professional painting contractors simply refer to the tool as a 5-in-1, as early models were capable of only five different functions.
However, as years passed, manufacturers included additional features to the tool, increasing their capabilities.
(You can even buy an 18-in-1 painter’s tool at some home-improvement centres and paint stores).
Put simply, the tool can scrape, spread, hammer, remove screws – some models include both a Phillip’s and slotted screw tip in the handle – retract nails and clean paint rollers.