However careful we may be, something is always bound to go wrong at home—the roof leaking, door hinges loosening, facade walls eventually getting coated with unsightly algae.
Keeping a spick and span home doesn’t always mean keeping a staff of house helpers. It also means investing in the right tools and items that will allow you or anyone in your family to easily fix glitches or banish eyesores. Take it from Slater Young, the world wide web’s current favorite all-around Mr. Fix It.
In his latest YouTube video, the home improvement aficionado shares a list of must-have tools every in-house handyman should have.
Masking tape leaves unsightly, sticky residue on surfaces—a Slater pet peeve. It may even damage or peel paint and other finishes. A smarter alternative to the masking tape, as discovered by the Cebuano vlogger, is the painter’s tape. The brand 3M has the ScotchBlue Original Painter’s Tape which is designed for use on a variety of surfaces such as textured walls, trim, baseboards, tile and glass. Slater guarantees this one doesn’t damage surfaces or leaves sticky residue.
You may have found ourselves in that sticky situation when an adhesive or sticker label leaves a gooey mess on your home appliance and furniture after removing it. This is the solution: lightly scrape off remaining adhesive tape or sticker tag residue on the surface using a knife. Put a small amount of Goo Gone on a piece of cloth, then rub it on the surface until the residue is gone completely. According to its product page on Lazada, this multipurpose product can also remove chewing gum, grease, tar, oil, blood, lipstick, mascara, shoe polish, crayon and bumper stickers. It can be used on hard surfaces, carpeting, upholstery, and clothing as well.
Bosch Basic DIY kit
An every home must have and is Slater’s can’t-do-without set—which has everything from hammer, pliers, wrench, drill with a drill bit set, level, and screw driver. Engr. Young, however, prefers the more edited Bosch set below for beginners.
Door that won’t lock? Squeaky hinges? This lubricant is a classic lifesaver. The WD-40 protects metals from rust and corrosion, and with the straw attached to its tip, it can penetrate hard-to-reach areas. The spray can actually lubricate anything (luggage zippers, office chairs, wheels) and help remove grease and grime from metal hand tools so you can keep your paraphernalia in good working order. According to its website, this product can also help to keep weather stripping and rubber car door seals from drying and cracking.
Hex & Torx keys
A very handy tool for assembling or repairing things at home is a driver for screws called the hex key (also called allen key). Slater says he’s used it for fixing toys, furniture, even loose doorknobs. He recommends getting the metric type, which indicates the size in millimeters.
The Torx key is also called the star screwdriver or star bits because of its star-shaped tip. Slater says this tool is very helpful for fixing or assembling imported products and furniture.
Slater refers to it as the “bandage of the home” as it’s effective for any forms of leaks. It’s ideal for sealing roofs, gutters, flashings, downspouts, drainpipes, and PVC. It works on both dry and wet surfaces.
For the rest of Slater’s list, watch his video: