- Flathead screwdrivers turn screws, open paint cans, and are used as a small lever.screwdriver image by Sid Viswakumar from Fotolia.com
Whether you rent or own your home, you should keep a few cheap DIY tools for emergency fixes and fast decoration changes. In addition to the specific job a tool is meant for, some inexpensive hand tools, like flathead screwdrivers, duct tape and curved claw hammers, seem to have endless uses around the home. Inexpensive DIY tools are usually available as economical sets after the winter holidays and Father's Day.
- This curved claw hammer is an important household item.the hammer image by Jim Mills from Fotolia.com
According to Hammernet, there are at least 10 different types of hammers available, each with a different purpose. A typical curved claw hammer is inexpensive and available at just about any department store like Walmart, Sears, Kmart or Target. You can use it for driving and pulling nails, woodworking/cabinetry, hanging artwork, and opening paint cans. Hammernet says this type of hammer has the most household uses.
- Phillipshead and flathead screwdrivers are available in economical sets.screwdrivers image by Pix by Marti from Fotolia.com
While commonly divided into two types, phillipshead and flathead, there are many more types of screwdrivers available. For your general DIY fixes, economical sets of screwdrivers containing a few different sizes are available at most department stores. You'll have access to several screwdrivers as well as a storage container.
- Jars and coffee cans make great storage containers for screws and nails.nails 4 image by chrisharvey from Fotolia.com
Cheap hardware like nails, bolts, hooks and screws are available for just a few cents at department stores and DIY/home stores like Home Depot, Lowe's or Ace Hardware. Nails and screws usually come in boxed packages, while other hardware items (like hinges or large hooks) are sold individually. Use these items for quick cabinetry fixes, hanging artwork or seasonal decorations, and hanging plants.
- No cheap DIY tool collection is complete without duct tape, which can be used for shipping, splicing wires, and vinyl repairs. Duct tape is made of cloth that's been coated with polyethylene, and has a natural resin adhesive that tends to leave a sticky residue. Duct tape is available in a wide array of colors and strengths.
- This tape measure is marked with English measurements such as inches and feet.tape measure image by Joann Cooper from Fotolia.com
Your cheap DIY tool set should also contain an inexpensive tape measure that can be used to hang artwork, measure square footage, and measure for window treatments. Tape measures (sometimes called measuring tapes) are available in both English and metric measurements.
- Sandpaper is classified by its coarseness.sandpapier image by Thomas Aumann from Fotolia.com
Sandpaper, which is available in sheets, rolls, and blocks, is classified by how coarse or fine it is. Buy a few sheets of varying coarseness; fine sandpaper is used to smooth rough edges on woodwork and coarser sandpaper can remove paint or rust.