10 Tools Every Mom Must Own And Know How to Use

I am a single mom and during one Holiday season I received a gift of tool box containing a set of basic tools. At first, I was not too sure that I liked such a gift, but over the years, I have been extremely thankful for the same. I have used many tools from the set and each time I have thanked the gift-givers for their thoughtfulness.

So today, I wish to share my two cents worth about tools every single woman (and moms) must own and know how to use around the house for those little emergencies. This way; one need not rely upon expensive external agents to solve the same.

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  1. Hammer

Only if you live in a rented home should you steer away from this tool. That being said; you might still need it in the garden or other outdoor areas where you have to hang or fasten stuff. Hammer is also necessary for cracking walnut shells (and even shell fish or crabs!).

  1. Screwdriver

If you can buy the cordless varieties, even better, especially if you love power tools like I do. Otherwise, anything that needs screwing is even handy with the handheld screwdriver. Naturally, you must buy the flathead and Phillips star screwdrivers, both of which are useful for tightening pot and pan handles from time to time.

  1. Wrenches

These are of different types including crescent shaped, open wrench and so on. Even the Allen hex wrench is useful in many spot applications.

  1. Saw

A saw is a very manly tool but if you are having a fireplace at home or wish to trim the excess boughs off the Christmas tree, this is the tool for you.

  1. Drills

Now, you can choose from drills or power drills. The latter is basic electronic tool everyone needs to keep. If possible, moms staying alone might also consider keeping voltage drop calculator.

  1. Paint brushes

You will not need this tool often, but it is certainly good to have. I keep brushes made from natural and synthetic bristles and use them once in a while to paint walls or trims.

  1. Basic plumber tools

The sink gets clogged every once in a while and a plumber would charge a huge amount to get that fixed. I keep a plunger to unclog the mess and then follow that up with baking soda and some warm water to remove and clean remaining mess. That apart, plumbers’ pliers, open wrench and pipe and basin wrenches are also required for the bigger jobs. I naturally stay away from the bigger jobs and enlist my dad’s help for those bigger issues. One certainly does not want a bigger mess resulting from a DIY project!

  1. Tools for the car

Battery charger or jumper cables are essential tools for the car. I also keep a basic tool kit with screwdrivers, knife, scissors, and wire cutters.

  1. Tape measure

We often think we do not need one, but a tape measure is useful in measuring the tablecloth, the windows when you need new curtains, or even when shopping for new garments, or putting up pictures on the walls.

  1. Assortment of nails and screws

Many stores sell packets of screws and nails and these are very handy for small home improvements around the home. Nails and screws are also needed for hanging up new pictures, fixing old things and so on.

Also keep solvents, super glues and sealing tapes for minor repairs. These are the basic tools every single woman must have on hand at home.

5 Power Tools Every Single Mom Should Own

It may be kind of surprising, but power tools are no longer just for men. In today’s age, more and more women are doing home repairs and DIY projects. But whether out of necessity or interest, every single mom knows that you will always need tools, especially power tools, to repair or build something at home. Having the right power tools makes any DIY projects easier, faster, better, and a lot more enjoyable.

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Whether you own a home or you just rent, here are the top 5 power tools that you should have in your arsenal collection.

  1. Circular Saw

Circular saw is considered one of the most versatile and useful basic handheld power tools as it can help you with a lot of wood projects. They are extremely powerful, which can rip through boards, such as plywood and natural wood, as well as metals and plastics. Circular saws can be used to cut materials needed for furniture-making and other wood projects. There are two major types of circular saws – the battery-operated and corded one. Both have their own sets of advantages and disadvantages, but since sawing quickly drains batteries, experts mostly recommend to opt for corded model. But of course, your choice still depends on your own preferences and needs.

  1. Power Drill

Whether you’re just a typical home mom with a little knowledge in doing DIY projects or a seasoned pro, a reliable power drill is a must have in your home or garage. Power drills are one of the most commonly used power tools in any house, shop, or jobsite since they come in very handy in almost any job, including drilling large and small holes, and mixing paint. Just like the circular saws, there are two main types of power drills – the corded and cordless drills. The corded drills obviously have a cord, and typically have more power. They are great for heavy-duty projects. The cordless drills, on the other hand, are battery-operated and can be taken anywhere. They are an ideal choice if you’re working in a place without power or you want more portability. Some of the most popular and reliable brands that offer this type of tool are Craftsman, Dewalt, Bosch, and Skil.

  1. Table Saw

Aside from circular saws and power drills, another must-have power tool is a table saw. This tool is considered the heart and soul of any woodworking shop as it allows you to cut all kinds of wood, lumber, and similar materials with great ease, accuracy, and safety. Whether you do a small or a big project, it is important to buy the best table saw that your budget can comfortably afford. Carefully check the features and specs of the table saw that you’re planning to buy to make sure that it will fit to your budget and needs. To ensure that you’re getting the right product, also consider to only buy from reliable sources and brands, such as Dewalt, Craftsman, Skil, Rockwell, and Bosch. You can check out details on the Bosch 4100 here.

  1. Air Compressor

Another versatile tool that any single mom or homeowner should have at home is an air compressor. Well, if you’re worried about the size, don’t be because there are portable models available, which could be easily stored in a closet or shelf. Air compressors are a great thing to have because they can be used in countless jobs around the house, including inflating tires, powering a nail gun, powering a spray gun, cleaning up sawdust, and removing bolts.

  1. Rotary Tool

A rotary tool is an extremely essential tool in any home or shop. It’s very useful for the home and shop owners as it can help them perform and complete different jobs. Some of its popular uses are for carving, drilling, polishing, cleaning, grinding, sanding, and cutting. Most rotary tools come in a packaged with different bits and attachments that can be used in a variety of ways. It’s important to purchase the model that has the right features and tool bits for the job you’re doing. There are different types and brands of rotary tools out there, but the best and popular ones are from Dremel.

Indeed, any homeowner should have a set of tools at home. With them, you will be able to perform repairs and most importantly, keep your home in top condition.