When I got married, I married a tool guy. He came with his own tools — a lot of tools — and he knew how to use them. He did all the little DIY stuff around the hacienda, and my role was really just to point out what needed fixing and go with him to the hardware store to be sure he didn’t spend too much money on repairs.
You can imagine my surprise when my tool guy went overseas to Afghanistan for a year and I suddenly had to do all the little DIY stuff around the hacienda on my own. I was good at pointing out what needed fixing. I was good at going to the hardware store and saying “no”. But I had no idea how to anchor screws into drywall, cut ceramic tile, or pull apart kitchen cabinets and put them back together. Now compound that surprise thirteen months later when not only have I kicked out my tool guy, but he actually came back and got his tools so they were gone, too.
And I have to hang a picture. Damn it.
As far as I’m concerned, every woman should have her own tools. I don’t care if you’re married to the Snap-On tool guy. Get your own tools. They make ’em pink, if you want ’em pink. Soft grips. Funky tool bags and boxes to store your weapons of mass construction. That way, you always know where to find the tool you want to use, and you don’t have to listen to him bitch if you don’t put it away just so or keep it out for a day or two because you aren’t done with it yet.
But how to stock your stash? What do you need to start with?
Hand tools, baby. Hand tools.
Here’s a single mom’s recommendation of the tools you need in your household tool kit:
(Quick note: the pictures are just to show you what the tool looks like, not because I think you should go out and get that exact tool. Just sayin’.)
And I also want to encourage you to add: razor blades (for scraping paint or cleaning shite off windows), picture hooks (because you never have one when you need one), drywall screw anchors (for things you have to hang on a wall and can’t put a screw through a stud), a hot glue gun, a Sharpie, a pencil, painter’s tape and duct tape, and WD-40 (for all those squeaks you come across).
Not an exhaustive list, but enough to get you started! What’s in your tool bag, ladies?