As a homeowner, it’s important to be prepared for the potential situations you may face. We’d all like to think that things will run as smoothly as possible, but the truth is—homeownership can be as demanding as it is rewarding. You never know what type of maintenance may be required from one day to the next, so a well-stocked and easily-accessible toolkit is always a good idea.
The following post covers some of the basic tools you should have when dealing with your exteriors.
A hammer: Considered a quintessential tool, evidence of the hammer’s origins go back to the Stone Age. Though the hammers of today have moved on from stones attached to sticks via animal sinew, the same basic concept is still employed. From building, to pulling out unwanted nails, this tool will help keep your exteriors in great form.
A screwdriver: Just like the hammer, a screwdriver is a classic tool that everyone should have in their arsenal. It’s especially handy for those with outdoor furniture, where it’s important for screws to be tightened and refined to ensure top working order. Screwdrivers are also necessary for deconstructing furniture, should it need to be transported or put in storage.
A paintbrush and roller: Your exteriors should be protected and sealed with the appropriate solutions, and a paintbrush/roller is required for proper application. Additionally, you never know when areas of your home will require a quick touch up. While rollers are good for covering large surface areas, paintbrushes are useful for smaller jobs where precision is key. If you’re planning to paint your exteriors, please see here for further information on what you’ll need.
A saw: Yet another classic tool, a saw will come in handy for anything for things like getting rid of unruly tree branches, and dry rot, to constructing and taking apart timber furniture. Saws range in sizes, but opt for one that is small enough to easily work with, but powerful enough to get the job done. Tools should work for you—not the other way around!
Pliers: Pliers come in a variety of shapes and sizes, and are useful for gripping, bending and/or compressing different materials. Pliers have a wide range of uses and will definitely serve to make the process of exterior improvements smoother.
A putty/filling knife: A safe exterior is a cared for exterior, and a filling knife is the perfect tool to use when repairing fine cracks and holes. With your masonry filler at the ready, use this tool to enforce any damages to your exterior walls, gradually building the product for deeper cracks.
While there are many different tools to make our lives easier, the above selection is a great place to start. For even more advice on the tools you need for exterior maintenance, as well as information on the proper paint and techniques for your home, call into your local Sandtex stockist or visit us on the web.