That pesky pipe leaking under the sink just needs a quick tightening.
Your wooden baseboard in your dining room seems a little loose, but a simple hammer and nail should do the trick.
Sounds like quite the simple fix, right? Well, that depends on exactly what you're packing within the confines of your tool box. In some cases, it's not so much what's inside but whether you have one at all.
It may seem silly to imagine that any man or women wouldn't be equipped with so much as a screwdriver somewhere throughout the house, but a lack of feasible tools to tackle common household repairs might be more prevalent than you think.
Not having the right tool for the job often leads you down an embattled road, one that you sheepishly walk that eventually leads to the doorstep of friends, family or co workers to borrow tools that they, and you, know you should already have.
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This walk of shame is especially discouraging for guys who have to muster up enough manhood to do the impossible, when it comes to borrowing even the most rudimentary tool: ask dad. Your father likely has an entire garage filled with everything you need, perfectly organized and hanging in a particular place for all to see.
And then there's you, trying to drill into the wall with a butter knife or pound a nail with a stapler.
Instead of having to beg or borrow or find household items not meant to be used as tools, it might be time to plan trip to the hardware or home improvement store and piece together at least some semblance of a tool box.
The trick is differentiating between what you need versus what you think you want. This forage into finding a tool kit is about understanding your level of competency when it comes to fixing things around the house.
No work bench, garage or tool shed should be missing the essentials: hammer, screwdriver set, a level, measuring tape, crescent wrench, electrical tape, a socket set, utility knife and, most importantly, a set of channel (vise grip) lock pliers.
Some tools you might want to consider or could easily be deemed as optional include a saw and a cordless drill. The latter might come in handy if you plan on doing any home repairs yourself or hanging countless photos at your discretion.
The last thing, however, you want to do is start buying way too many tools and spending far too much money on products you'll never use. So yes, that means put away that circular saw. You have to ask yourself just how much you plan on doing, and if you're more apt to hire someone before you attempt to fix something on your own.
That said, you should certainly have the wherewithal to tighten or hammer, thus the need for a competent tool set that saves you from having to pay to have the smallest jobs tackled.
It also eliminates the uneasy and embarrassing notion of borrowing tools you clearly should already own.
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