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Finding Your Inner Repairman


shutterstock_103106678Imagine how much time, money and aggravation you could save if you had someone at home all the time who could fix small repairs whenever they popped up. Now imagine if that someone were you.

Thanks to the Internet and easy-to-follow instructional videos on YouTube, DIY (Do-It-Yourself) can be your middle name and “I did it all by myself” can be your mantra.

But before you begin, it’s suggested you put together a starter home repair kit that contains the basic tools you’ll need without having to run to the hardware store every time a small repair emergency arises. As you get more comfortable and confident tackling more challenging projects, you can upgrade your kit as you need to.

According to Mike Zammaron, the self-help guru at Home Repair Services in Grand Rapids, Michigan, here is what you need to start:

Toolbox- though not absolutely necessary, this helps keep all your tools organized and handy.

Hammer- common uses include driving nails, fitting parts and breaking objects apart

Tape measure- provides accurate inside and outside measurements

Utility knife- used to mark cut lines, trim plastic or wood materials, cut tape, cord, strapping, cardboard…

Screwdrivers (Flat Head and Phillips Head)- for turning, driving or removing screws

Channel lock pliers- used for grabbing and pinching things, they can adjust for a wide range of bolts. The angle of the head makes grasping a bolt much easier than with a traditional set of pliers.

Adjustable wrench- has a "jaw" of adjustable width, allowing it to be used with different sizes of nuts or bolts

Scratch awl- basically a spike with a knob handle, this is a woodworking layout and point-making tool used to scribe a line to be followed by a hand saw or chisel when making woodworking joints and other operations

Wire cutters- similar to pliers but designed to cut wires

Torpedo level- a carpentry tool that ensures a surface or angle is level or plumbed properly