We all stock food, water, medical and the other standard supplies. But what do you stock in case your home needs a bit of first aid. Do you stock home repair supplies? Your home can be damaged from many causes both natural and man made. This can result in leaky roofs, broken window or a variety of other problems.
This got me to thinking, so I have been working on a list of home repair supplies that would be good to have available
Probably the most important is a good set of tools. They should be tools that are hand operated and not dependent on electric power. You can still keep a set of these for normal use. The following is a very basic list.
- Pry Bar
- Claw Hammer
- Hand Saws both rip and crosscuts
- Hack Saw with spare blades
- Pliers: Standard, lock and adjustable, several sizes
- Adjustable Wrenches. At least 6 and 8 inch Crescent Wrenches
- Screw Drivers; Flat, and Philips heads, several sizes
- Tape Measure
- Hand Drill
- Brace and bit
- Star drills
- Work gloves (several pairs)
- Pipe wrenches
- Ratchet Set
- Ladder that will reach your roof
In addition, you need a good quantity of nails screws and other fasteners. A good place to find many of these items is garage sales. It seems almost every sale has a box of miscellaneous nails, screws or other home repair items. You can often buy the whole box very cheaply.
The list of Home Repair Supplies you should look for would include
- Roof repair supplies, see the post A First Aid Kit for Your Roof.
- Nails, screws and other fasteners.
- Tarps for covering roofs, windows or holes in walls. You can even construct emergency shelters or protect your physical assets from rain, sun, wind etc.
- Plastic Sheeting has uses very similar to that of a tarp, but is not as strong. But it is great to use for protecting furniture or other belongings in case of water leaks.
- Rope and Bungees. A long length of rope 550 cords can be used to tie down a tarp, secure doors or leash for a pet. If you’re faced with windy conditions bungee’s can be used to secure a tarp over large roof damage areas keeping it taut.
- Wire or cable ties are a good idea for a multitude of repairs, have a variety of sizes. Cable Ties a Great Survival Tool
- Duct Tape can be used too for so many things the list is almost endless. Stock several rolls of good quality duct tape. Don’t buy the cheap stuff from discount stores.
- Electrical tape, again get good quality.
- Plywood: a few sheets can be very handy for everything from repairing a roof, covering windows, increasing security
- Paint in multi colors.
- Plumbing supplies, washes, gaskets, extra pipe and fittings that will work with the system in your home.
- Screening for repairing window or door screens.
- Cement, needs to be protected from moisture.
- Wire both electrical and fence.
- Wood glue.
These are only some of the items that you should have in your home repair supplies. If you have additional suggestions please sent them to us.