As the saying “home sweet home” goes, our homes are our personal sanctuary that makes us feel safe and comfortable. Just like any other material entity that we possess, parts of our homes will deteriorate over time, which is why home improvement projects should be done to preserve their condition. Home improvement projects are usually done with a few goals in mind – to increase the comfort of our homes, to maintain and repair parts of our homes that are faulty, or to apply additional space to our homes.
Home improvement need not be large-scale projects, even small and simple efforts that you and your family can do by yourselves are sufficient. With that said, you should have some essential hardware tools for you can apply simple touches and renovations to improve your homes, which are:
Hammers are one of the most versatile hand tools. They are easy to use and they can be utilized to perform a variety of tasks such as driving nails into walls or furniture, fitting parts together, or to break objects apart. Hammers come in many sizes and are usually differentiated by the shape of the head. The most common forms of hammers found in the market are claw hammers and ball-peen hammers. Claw hammers are usually used to pound nails into, or extracting nails from, wooden objects. It is not suitable to be used for metalwork, as the steel of its head is brittle. For home improvement involving metalworks, ball-peen hammers are more suitable.
Another essential hand tool that everyone should have at home is a screwdriver. A screwdriver is typically used for turning screws – either to drive them into or to remove from – other objects. A screwdriver generally has a handle and a shaft which has a tip that users insert into the screw head to turn it. The shaft is usually made of hardened steel to withstand bending or twisting. The most common forms of screwdrivers are the slotted or “flat-blade” screwdrivers, used to turn slotted screws, and the Philips screwdriver used to turn screws with cross-recess heads.
Pliers are simple hand tools that can be used to hold small objects, bend and compress certain materials, and to cut and twist metal wires. Pliers usually consist of three parts – the head or jaw section, the pivot, and the pair of handles for you to handle the pliers. Pliers also come in many shapes and sizes, but the more common ones are the needle-head pliers used to bend and snip wires, and side-cutting pliers used to hold delicate objects and cut wires and cables. As pliers are usually used to handle wires, the grips are fixed with insulators to protect users against electric shocks when working with live circuits.
Wrench / Spanner
A wrench, or better known as a spanner in Hong Kong, is used to provide grip and turn rotary fasteners such as nuts and bolts. Common spanners found in the market are open-ended spanners, with U-shaped grips at the two opposite ends of the spanner, and the combination spanner, with one end having a U-shape opening and the other end an enclosed opening to use on hexagonal-shaped nuts and bolts.
A tape measure (also known as measuring tape) is a flexible ruler that is a common measuring tool. Its design enabled it to be easily carried about, as the ruler can be kept back into its house upon use. They can be used to measure curves and corners as well. Tape measures is quite easily available in the market and they come in different lengths. Those that are suitable for home usage range between 2 meters up to 20 meters.