Keep one with your tools - it's essential for hanging pictures or putting up shelves, where careful marking is vital.
There are numerous types of hammer, but go for this type, which has a claw for removing bent nails. Test the weight - if it feels too heavy for you, go for a lighter version.
Used for undoing or tightening nuts and bolts, and for simple plumbing tasks like fixing a tap or replacing a washer.
A quick change of fuse in a plug can bring a small appliance back to life. 3, 5 and 13-amp fuses are the most common ones.
Nails and screws
Always keep a box full of different sizes - there are an infinite number of jobs you might need them for.
Look for pliers that incorporate a wire cutter and stripper (useful for changing fuses), plus a good handle grip to make pulling on loose nails or straightening bent nails easier.
Pick a design with interchangeable standard and Philips/cross heads. Older fixings will tend to have used standard screws, so having both types to hand is essential.
From hanging pictures to measuring curtains or checking a sofa will fit through the door - few tools are as useful. Buy one with a tape lock so you can do measurements on your own. For DIY, choose a metal tape; for sewing, go for heavy plastic-coated fabric as it will lie flat.
The thing you can never find when you need to bleed your radiators. Keep it safely with the rest of your tools.
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