Home Improvement 101: Top 10 Tools Every Homeowner Needs For Home Repair Projects

If you are a budding handyman and don’t have a tried and tested toolkit yet, we’ve got news for you. Every homeowner should have the basic set of tools to enable them to fix and mend certain things in and around the house. Luckily for you, we’ve compiled this list of 10 must-have tools for all you newbies out there! Let’s take a look at what you’ll need.

Storage for your Tools

If you don’t have a garage to store all your tools, a basic toolbox will go a long way in keeping all your tools in one place and organized for easy access when you’ve got to fix that leaking faucet.

Hammer

A claw hammer is one of the basics every homeowner should have. If you have to hang something on the wall or fix a floorboard, you’ll always need a claw hammer to drive in or remove nails.

Wrench

An adjustable wrench is a way to go as far as wrenches go. Being able to tighten or loosen nuts and bolts of any shape and size will come in very handy.

Pliers

Locking pliers are ideal for gripping certain nuts, fixtures, and bolts.
Combination pliers are also ideal for gripping but can be used to pull out some stubborn nails as well.

Flashlight

Every house needs a flashlight for those days when the power trips or when you have to fix something in a very dark space. Make sure you get a high voltage, the high-quality flashlight to light up the darkest places.

Screwdriver Set

You will need a whole set of small and larger screwdrivers with flat or crossheads. This is used to loosen or fasten screws in certain places.

These tools should be enough to get you started. Things like ladders and electrical appliances should be considered and can come in handy as you learn and improve your home repair skills. Do you have a complete toolkit yet? Let us know what your favorite products are in the comment section below.

5 Top Tips on Identifying and Fixing Sink Rim Leaks

Having a sink rim leak can be a costly affair if not identified in time. When water leaks into cabinets in the kitchen and bathroom, massive damage is caused and you could end up having to replace entire cabinets and cupboards. In this post, we look at how to identify and repair those dreadful sink rim leaks in the quickest and easiest way possible. Are you ready? Let’s begin.

Spotting the Leak

If you suspect you might have a rim sink leak, inspect the area underneath the countertop with a flashlight. You should be able to see bubbles in the processed wood or puddles of water if you do have a leak to fix. Other signs could include:

Dampness around the sink and inside the cupboards
A visible stain on the inside of the cupboard
A faucet base that is loose-fitting.

Getting it Fixed

Turn the mounting nuts underneath the base of the faucet to ensure it is snug and tight.

Get rid of old caulk by scraping it away.

Recaulk the area carefully to ensure no excess water seeps through.

Find the clips responsible for clamping the sink to the countertop and gently tighten it to ensure that the sink is fitting snugly and tightly in its right spot. This will ensure no leakage can seep through.

Fixing leaks in time is very important if you want to avoid paying extra costs to replace cabinets and cupboards. Make sure you follow the steps and use the right tools, and you should be able to save yourself a lot of time and money! Did you find these tips helpful? Have you ever had to fix a dripping and leaking sink rim before? How did you do it? Let us know what you think about the method we’ve shared here and if it was of help!

How to Fix a Squeaky Door in 5 Simple Steps

Squeaking doors can be quite a headache. But it is quite simple to fix. Firstly you’ll need to find the source of the squeak. We always advise identifying whether there is more than one door that squeaks before setting out on repairing only one and finding that there is, in fact, several doors squeaking in the house. This job is so simple, you don’t have to be an expert to get it done! Let’s take a look at just how easy it is.

1. Gun Oil To Get Squeakless Doors

Even though you are able to use any type of oil, we highly recommend in purchasing some Gun Oil as this is specifically made of metal surfaces.

2. Extract Hinge Pins

This is done, one at a time, with a screwdriver and hammer. Simply tap the pin from underneath using a hammer and screwdriver until the pin is exposed. Remember not to remove all hinge pins as you don’t want to remove the whole door.

3. Administer Gun Oil

Using a brush or old piece of cloth, wet it just a little bit with some of the gun oil and rub it on the exposed hinge pin. Take care not to use too much.

4. Tap Hinge Pin Back In Place

Once you have applied the gun oil, simply tap it back into place using the screwdriver and hammer. Then, simply move the door back and forth to ensure the whole hinge gets enough oil to eliminate the dreadful squeak.

5. Repeat Steps 1-4 With All the Hinge Pins and Doors

Carefully work your way, repeating the above steps, through all the hinge pins and doors in the house to ensure no hinge is left dry and squeaking. The result should be a house full of perfectly swiveling doors with no squeaks whatsoever!

Did you find these tips helpful? Have you ever fixed a squeaky door before? Do you perhaps know of other handy tips on how to repair a squeaking door or floorboards? We’d love to hear in the comment section below.