Ellicott City
10325 Baltimore National Pike
Ellicott City, MD 21042
(410) 465-9633
Store Hours:
Mon-Sat 7AM-8PM
Sunday 9AM-6PM
Repair Shop Hours:
Mon-Fri 8AM-5PM
Saturday 9AM-2PM

Columbia
8895 McGaw Road
Columbia, MD, 21045
(410) 465-0500
Store Hours:
Mon-Sat 7AM-8PM
Sunday 9AM-6PM

Ellicott City
10325 Baltimore National Pike
Ellicott City, MD 21042
(410) 465-9633
Store Hours:
Mon-Sat 7AM-8PM
Sunday 9AM-6PM

Repair Shop Hours:
Mon-Fri 8AM-5PM
Saturday 9AM-2PM

Columbia
8895 McGaw Road
Columbia, MD, 21045
(410) 465-0500
Store Hours:
Mon-Sat 7AM-8PM
Sunday 9AM-6PM

Every homeowner should have essential items in a toolbox to make simple repairs, whether to conduct minor maintenance around the house or handle DIY projects. The good news is that most of your home improvement and maintenance tasks can be completed using affordable items found at your local hardware store.

Hammers

There are several varieties of hammers, but a basic clawfoot hammer is essential. It may be used to hang artwork, peel off old trim, create a deck, or pound a garden stake into the ground. Look for a hammer that is well-balanced and not too hefty. A lighter cross-pein hammer is an excellent second option when working with little tacks or nails. It, indeed, prevents finger injuries.

Screwdriver Set in a Toolbox

You will probably need a screwdriver set, particularly if you want to install shelves, put together end tables, add or remove light switches, or assemble a living room entertainment center. These tools enable you to screw items together. For example, the legs of your new living room chairs or the cabinet pull in the kitchen.

There are various kinds of screwdrivers, but the two primary types are the flat head or slotted head screwdriver is used for screws with a slot running through their center. The Phillips screwdriver has a more pointed tip for screws with an “X”-shaped imprint on their tops. Both types of screws are vital in your toolkit. Find the perfect screwdriver at our Columbia tool store – and don’t be afraid to ask a team member for help!

Tape Measure

As a homeowner, you’ll probably need a tape measure to calculate how much space you have for new furniture, how tall a bathroom cabinet may be, and how high to hang new curtains or blinds. You will likely utilize a tape measure for most home remodeling and maintenance tasks. Typical tape measures range in length from 15 to 50 feet, the most common being 25 feet.

Flashlight

A flashlight is an essential item in your toolbox, especially when the power goes out, or you need to find something in a dark corner of your house. A flashlight is always helpful, so make sure yours is always supplied with new batteries. When the power goes out, you don’t want to be looking for batteries in the dark.

A Toolbox Is Not Complete Without Pliers

This tool’s principal function is to grab items, whether attempting to remove a bolt in your toilet’s tank or keep a nut in place while attaching the front panel to your new television stand. However, pliers may also be used to cut wire and bend wire, nails, and metal sheets.

Wrenches

These are essential tools for house maintenance and repair of many types. They loosen and tighten fasteners such as nuts and bolts. You may use a wrench to undo the nuts and bolts holding your toilet to the floor or replace a leaking pipe beneath your kitchen sink. For instance, you can use an adjustable wrench with an adjustable lower jaw that makes it handy for tightening and loosening nuts and bolts of various sizes.

Utility Knife

A utility knife is a razor blade concealed inside a plastic or metal body. It has a button for extending and retracting the blade. Many of these knives allow for interchangeable blade sizes, while others come with a single fixed blade. You can use a utility knife to open packages or cut drywall when putting new walls in your house.

Levels

A level is a tool for determining whether a surface is precisely horizontal or vertical. This is critical: If you don’t use a level, you can hang your kitchen cabinets at an angle, or your flat-screen TV might hang awkwardly on your wall. The basic level is the carpenter’s level and is an essential and easy-to-use item in your toolbox.

Find These Essential Items for Your Toolbox

CLARKS ACE HARDWARE
Ellicott City

10325 Baltimore National Pike
Ellicott City, MD 21042

(410) 465-9633 GET DIRECTIONS
 

CLARKS ACE HARDWARE
Columbia

8895 McGaw Rd
Columbia, MD 21045

(410) 465-0500 GET DIRECTIONS
 
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