Chris' Corner: Basic Home Maintenance Toolkit

Basic Home Maintenance Toolkit


Peter and Linda Pfann, pfanntastic realtors from Victoria BC and fellow Active Rain Bloggers, recently shared this great information on basic tools every homeowner should have.  I am short a few, but have parents that live about twenty minutes away ;-)



Spring Home Decorating in Greater VictoriaBasic Home Maintenance Toolkit

At some point in time we all need a few tools to help us out fixing stuff in and around the house.

Here are some essential suggestions from “Peter’s Pfanntastic Tool Box”, and these tools take care of 90% of all the items on Peter’s “honey do” list, and although I am working on the list forever, it does not seem to ever get shorter………..

Basic Tools & Equipment

Other Useful Equipment

5-Gallon Bucket(s), so many good uses for them

Brass and steel brush, various sizes

Caulking gun,

Chisels, cold and wood

Circular and Jig saw (or a combo cordless set

Construction screws, assorted

Quick Clamps and tie downs

Cutting oil

Claw hammer & Crow-bar

Duct tape and Electrical tape

Combination square or speed square

Nails, assorted sizes and uses

Drill, cordless, 3/8-inch variable-speed reversible

Nylon scrub brush

Drill bit set

Paintbrush, standard rollers

Flashlight and Work Light(s)

Toilet Plunger and Drain Auger

Flat scraper or putty knifes

Rags and towels

Glue wood and all-materials (not Super Glue)

Shims, wedges

Hand saws, small, multipurpose

Silicone lubricant, waterless & oil-free

Ladder, 6-foot fiberglass

Shop vacuum cleaner

Level, 36- or 48-inch aluminum

Small sledgehammer

Pencils, markers, Chalk-line

Pliers, standard (slip-joint), long-nose, Channel lock, and wire-cutter (diagonal)

Sponges and other Clean up Tools

Gloves, rubber gloves & leather


Safety goggles and Ear Plugs

Screws, assorted uses and sizes

Sandpaper and sanding blocks (various grits)

Outdoor Extension cords (high quality)

Sawhorse(s) or Trestles

Drop cloth (s) & Tarps

Screwdrivers, several sizes of flathead, cross and square head

Dust Mask (buy a Good one)

Retractable Tape measure, 25-foot

Caulking interior and exterior

Utility knife and extra blades

Cutters or combination pliers

Wrenches, basic set of open-ended crescent

Set of ratchet socket wrenches

Set Allen wrenches

Some Strong Rope

Shovel, broom, dust pan (good quality)

Plumbers putty, plumbers tape

Portable workbench (Trestles may work)

Stud Finder

Knee pads

Construction quality Garbage Bags

Spring Home Decorating in Greater VictoriaIt is Peter’s Experience that "buying cheap" does not pay off with tools and or safety equipment, look for the best quality you can afford, most good tools will last a lifetime. The next best Tool in your Tool box are good resources for assistance (books or the web) and a big dose of common sense……. Know what you can, and more importantly know what "you can not fix” and be prepared to call for help……..

By the Way, if you come accross a project that you know how to do but are lacking the tools or equipment, please give Peter and Linda a call, we may have just the right tool or resource for you.


Peter & Linda Pfann, Selling Pfanntastic Victoria Homes Since 1986This Information was provided to you compliments of Victoria BC Realtors, "Peter and Linda Pfann", Certified Professional Consultant on Aging (CPCA)®.  CPCAs are committed to providing exceptional service, and have supplemented their professional training by learning about the unique and changing needs of the 50+ population.

Make sure that the professionals serving you have taken the time and made the commitment to learn more about YOU!  To find CPCAs in good standing in your area, go to
 or  and  To Find additional Victoria, BC, Canada, Senior Focused Resources, please visit "The Elder Friendly Community Network"  

 To Find out how we serve Greater Victoria Boomers and Seniors and their families with their real estate plans and needs in and around Greater Victoria BC, please call Peter and Linda Pfann in Victoria BC, Canada at (250)-213-9490 or 


Please let us know how we can be of Service to you.

Kind Regards, and Live a Pfanntastic Life

 Peter & Linda Pfann,

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