Have you ever wished for a handsome strong muscle handyman with a tool belt coming to your rescue when in trouble? Someone who can magically fix the problem? Unfortunately some have to have our own homemaker’s portable tool box and fix the problem yourself.
A Portable tool box is the handy option to store all your tools, my lady. You do get ready-made tool box kit at the hardware store, but I prefer to hand pick my own tools. It has to feel comfortable in my hand. Select an empty box and fill it with your choice of tools.
After use, it is good practice to clean and store it where it belongs. Keep this box under the sink in the kitchen or on the floor in the linen cupboard.
Homemaker’s Portable Tool Box
Before we start, SAFETY FIRST, it cannot be stressed enough.
It is so important to know the abilities of every tool not to risk injury. It can be a dangerous object if not handled correctly. Read the instructions or ask advice.
Use gloves to protect your hands and most of all use the safety glasses to protect your eyes, no matter what you do. Make it a habit.
The safety mask it there to protect your nose and lungs from dust. Over a long period the eyes get irritated and you can develop dry eye syndrome, you have watery eyes all the time.
When using the hammer, staple gun or drill, anything making a loud noise use your earplugs, please.
My husband neglect to protect his ears when he was younger, thinking it was not necessary when he used a grinder and a drill. Today he wishes he did, because his hearing is deteriorating and he is getting more deaf by the day.
It is wise to prevent rather than cure.
Homemaker’s Portable Tool Box
Select the smaller Flathead hammer with a claw to remove nails easily.
It can be used to hang pictures on the wall, it is wise to hold the nail with pliers, not to hit your fingers.
Another hint is to paste a piece of masking tape on the spot you want to put the nail, it secures the plaster on the wall.
Preferably with magnet ends to hold the screw.
There are two kinds of screwdrivers, a flat head and a Phillips with a star end.
Medium flat head
Small flat head
Phillips or star screwdriver 1 medium
1 small Phillips or star screwdriver.
1 medium plier
It has a tight grip and is used to hold objects firmly, and it can bend wires if needed.
The normal 3-meter tape is long enough.
A measuring tape is essential when you need to measure the window for curtains.
Measuring spaces to fit furniture.
Grouping a few pictures to hang on the wall.
A cordless drill with a set of bits are handy. It can be used in remote corners, no need for an electric plug nearby. Remember to charge the battery the day before if you know you are going to need it. Rather, read the instructions how and when to charge to prolong the life of the battery.
Handy for more advanced projects involving screws and plugs to secure an item.
It is wise to practice beforehand how to use the drill. Use a piece of wood and drill a few holes to get the confidence to tackle your project.
Homemaker’s Portable Tool Box
It is an adjusting spanner to hold nuts when fastening bolts. Best to get a medium one.
Not used frequently but handy when you want to stabilize and fasten bolts on wooden furniture.
Secure the size on the nut at the back and turn the bolt with pliers or another wrench or shifting spanner.
Get the smaller gun, specifically used for upholstery.
Very handy when covering furniture, it secures the tightened fabric to the wooden frame.
30 cm level will be sufficient.
A spirit level has a bubble in a window horizontally and vertically to make sure the object is level.
Very handy to use in conjunction with your measuring tape.
For better functioning it is good to level your fridge and freezer and your stove for even cooking.
I medium saw
The crosscut has smaller blades which makes cutting easier.
Cutting of the boards or dowel sticks for hobbies,
Minor branches in the garden.
Widely used for the precise cutting of plastic and cardboard.
It is a very sharp and dangerous cutting tool. Handle with care.
Accessories for Homemaker’s Portable Tool box
Make it a habit to put your safety glasses on first thing when opening your tool box.
When putting a nail in the wall goes wrong, that nail can become a missile and hit you in the eye.
Dust can easily get into your eye when drilling or sawing.
A pair of safety gloves
Protect your hands from bruises and cuts while you work. It is easy to focus elsewhere and get injured.
Your lungs are your life, protect your breathing channels with care. Wear the safety mask when you know your job will kick up some dust.
Needless to say what the consequences will be if you neglect to use your earplugs. You can never be too cautious.
Paint brushes and a paint tray
Select your brushes for the job and look after them with great care.
When done wash them immediately in thinners or water according to instructions.
Rinse them and hang them to dry.
Thinners and a container
Clean the used brushes in an old jam or coffee tin.
Be meticulous with this, and keep your brushes as good as new.
Different glues for different applications, there are glues for glass, wood, plastic and leather.
Make sure in the shop and buy the right one for success. Read the instructions.
Super glue is in a class of its own. Rub a little Vaseline on the outside of the snout after you opened it so it can unscrew easily next time.
When living in a warm area like us, it is good to store the glue in the fridge for longevity.
1 packet of each
Small nails for tacking,
Wire nails for wood 5mm
Steel nails for hanging pictures on a wall 5mm
You will seldom use the bigger nails unless you have a specific project. Select the ones you will need.
Screws and plugs
I packet 5mm screws with the plugs to fit for smaller jobs.
Very handy when you do a paint job and want to have a straight line or to protect the half you don’t want to paint.
Tape things together to make a job easier, it is not a permanent application but used to assist.
When you have to fix an electric plug to an electric wire, insulation tape is to isolate the wires to keep them apart and insulate each one.
Comes in many lengths.
About 20mm long is a good size to have. If it is too long, you just cut the extra end off.
It holds together, tidy and secure, mostly wires but is use widely as a quick fix for many loose ends.
A small flashlight to see in dark corners
Most of these tools are expensive, so it is good to select the ones you will use the most and get that to put that in your tool box.
Not necessary to get it all at once but build your box as you need a tool.
Until next time ladies, take care and work safely.