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Prepared for Anything – Household Tool Kit Article

December 27, 2008
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This article will address the need for a Houshold Tool Kit. It is important to be able to fix minor emergencies that arise in your house.

Bear put together our household tool kit and it consists of the following supplies:

Tape Measure – Select a 25 foot measuring tape as this will generally work for most household jobs.

Screwdrivers – Choose both a good quality flat head screwdriver and a Philips head screwdriver. In addition to these two screwdrivers, we have a multipurpose screwdriver that has 20 different tips which we picked up at Lowe’s on sale for $5.00. I bought 4 – one for the house, truck, barn, and trailer.

Small glass repair kit – this has come in handy on several occasions – you can pick these up relatively inexpensive at Wal-mart.

Pliers – you will need several in various shapes and sizes. We have a pair of Wire cutting pliers, needle-nose pliers, and heavy grooved pliers for removal of nails or large staples.

Level (also known as a Torpedo) – purchase a good one that will last.

Hammer – get one that will handle most of your household jobs – medium weight with a good handle.

Vice Grip – Similar to a set of pliers but these will “lock” allowing you to grip and hold things tightly or twist items that are stuck.

Nails and Screws Assortment – Get some in various sizes – be sure that you get a small box with divided sections to keep them separated.

Wire Stripper – this tool will strip the plastic off of wiring in addition to being a wire cutter – this tool is specific to wiring jobs.

Pencil, Sharpie, and Post-it Notes – This is to mark drill holes, record tape measurements – the post-its are incase you do not want to write on your walls.

Blue Painter’s Tape – This tape will not “stick” like normal tape – you can use it when painting or to use it to mark areas without damaging the surface.

Cordless Drill – this will come in handy – you get what you pay for so get the best you can afford. We have an 18v Cordless drill and a smaller 9v for the smaller jobs.

Utility knife and extra blades – nothing better to open boxes that the tape gremlin has gone overkill on or for wallpaper jobs.

Metal ruler – help with measuring a straight line or cutting a straight edge with our utility knife.

4-6 Butter dish lids – you can easily put these under furniture and slide the piece of furniture across the floor.

Spackle – Small tub – just enough to cover or repair holes, dents and small scratches – be sure to keep the container sealed so it will not dry out.

Putty Knife – these come in plastic or metal (I like the metal ones) we have three sizes – small, medium and large. These are good for applying spackle, scraping paint or smoothing wallpaper.
Package Sealing Tape – Sealing cardboard boxes

Glues – We have 4 kinds – White Glue, Wood Glue, Hot glue (w/glue gun), and Super glue.

Towels – we have one large towel and two rags for clean-up.

*** We found our toolbox at Lowes for $15.00 after coupons and it is roomy enough to fit everything in it very nicely. I keep my eyes peeled at Estate and Garage sales for tools that will work for our tool kits and the barn. Margie, a friend of ours, found 4 coffee cans FULL of various size nails and screws and 4 hammers for $5.00!!!

Next week we will discuss preparing your Pets for Emergencies.

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Prepared for Anything – Household Tool Kit Article

December 27, 2008
By

This article will address the need for a Houshold Tool Kit. It is important to be able to fix minor emergencies that arise in your house.

Bear put together our household tool kit and it consists of the following supplies:

Tape Measure – Select a 25 foot measuring tape as this will generally work for most household jobs.

Screwdrivers – Choose both a good quality flat head screwdriver and a Philips head screwdriver. In addition to these two screwdrivers, we have a multipurpose screwdriver that has 20 different tips which we picked up at Lowe’s on sale for $5.00. I bought 4 – one for the house, truck, barn, and trailer.

Small glass repair kit – this has come in handy on several occasions – you can pick these up relatively inexpensive at Wal-mart.

Pliers – you will need several in various shapes and sizes. We have a pair of Wire cutting pliers, needle-nose pliers, and heavy grooved pliers for removal of nails or large staples.

Level (also known as a Torpedo) – purchase a good one that will last.

Hammer – get one that will handle most of your household jobs – medium weight with a good handle.

Vice Grip – Similar to a set of pliers but these will “lock” allowing you to grip and hold things tightly or twist items that are stuck.

Nails and Screws Assortment – Get some in various sizes – be sure that you get a small box with divided sections to keep them separated.

Wire Stripper – this tool will strip the plastic off of wiring in addition to being a wire cutter – this tool is specific to wiring jobs.

Pencil, Sharpie, and Post-it Notes – This is to mark drill holes, record tape measurements – the post-its are incase you do not want to write on your walls.

Blue Painter’s Tape – This tape will not “stick” like normal tape – you can use it when painting or to use it to mark areas without damaging the surface.

Cordless Drill – this will come in handy – you get what you pay for so get the best you can afford. We have an 18v Cordless drill and a smaller 9v for the smaller jobs.

Utility knife and extra blades – nothing better to open boxes that the tape gremlin has gone overkill on or for wallpaper jobs.

Metal ruler – help with measuring a straight line or cutting a straight edge with our utility knife.

4-6 Butter dish lids – you can easily put these under furniture and slide the piece of furniture across the floor.

Spackle – Small tub – just enough to cover or repair holes, dents and small scratches – be sure to keep the container sealed so it will not dry out.

Putty Knife – these come in plastic or metal (I like the metal ones) we have three sizes – small, medium and large. These are good for applying spackle, scraping paint or smoothing wallpaper.
Package Sealing Tape – Sealing cardboard boxes

Glues – We have 4 kinds – White Glue, Wood Glue, Hot glue (w/glue gun), and Super glue.

Towels – we have one large towel and two rags for clean-up.

*** We found our toolbox at Lowes for $15.00 after coupons and it is roomy enough to fit everything in it very nicely. I keep my eyes peeled at Estate and Garage sales for tools that will work for our tool kits and the barn. Margie, a friend of ours, found 4 coffee cans FULL of various size nails and screws and 4 hammers for $5.00!!!

Next week we will discuss preparing your Pets for Emergencies.

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