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What Four-Letter Words Are in Your DIY Toolbox Vocabulary?

January 12, 2012

Oh – you are so bad. You thought I was going to ask you about those four-letter garbage words – didn’t you? No, I am not! I may use them at my house when I am alone, but not at yours. I may “think” them but I don’t even whisper them under my breath when you are out of the room. This is what I meant.

Here are some of the four-letter items that should be in your toolbox:

Screw(s) – an assortment. This includes drywall, small ones for hanging pictures, the kind for anchors in the wall, types for doorknobs, small appliances, etc.

Nail(s) – same as above. An assortment. You can find a prepackaged set of basic sizes at a hardware store or get a small divided box and put it together for all your basic repairs, crafts and other household projects. Keep the screws with it.

Tape – masking, painters, duct, measuring. The blue tape is the painter’s tape and this is the kind that will not stick to the wall or the paint. It comes in several widths. I absolutely love the new duct tape because it comes in an assortment of colors and patterns. I use the feminine tape now for my work because it is more appealing to me than the drab gray tape. You can use whichever you like best. It also comes in clear. Keep a 25ft measuring tape in your toolbox and a smaller one in the junk drawer for smaller projects.

Stud – how many of you jumped right to this one? Ha. It’s really a stud finder (but, this is a handy tool to have around) – you run it on the wall and listen to the beeeeeep to let you know when you have a stud to safely hang your heavy item up safely. (Sorry to have disappointed you).

Pick – dental – weird item to have in a toolbox. But, oh so practical. It is perfect for helping you pick up the “O” ring from the faucet when you have to replace it. It makes small items so much easier to grab.

To women holding hammers (and packing their toolboxes),

Jo Ellen Soesbee, The ToolBox TomGirl

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