Home Repair Supplies for Use in an Emergency Situation

Home Repair Supplies

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.

  1.  Pry Bar
  2. Claw Hammer
  3. Hand Saws both rip and crosscuts
  4. Hack Saw with spare blades
  5. Pliers: Standard, lock and adjustable, several sizes
  6. Adjustable Wrenches.  At least 6 and 8 inch Crescent Wrenches
  7. Screw Drivers; Flat, and Philips heads, several sizes
  8. Tape Measure
  9. Hand Drill
  10. Brace and bit
  11. Star drills
  12. Work gloves (several pairs)
  13. Level
  14. Pipe wrenches
  15. Ratchet Set
  16. 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 endlessStock 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.

Howard

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7 Responses to Home Repair Supplies for Use in an Emergency Situation

  1. Veteran Who Is Preparing says:

    Store cement indoors and not in a shed or garage. If the mix freezes it can become a concrete block permanently just as if it got wet. I have seen way too many bags do that over the years because they were forgotten in a garage that wasn’t heated over winter.

  2. David says:

    Baling wire is great. My Ace hardware sells a maybe 5 pound roll of unlabeled 18 guage(?) wire. For those people that don’t live on an old farm with some lying around.

  3. GoneWithTheWind says:

    In addition I bought a few sheets of CDX plywood at a good price. I have a shed in the yard with about 18 inches between the shed and the fence. I placed a sheet of plywood about a foot off the ground against the shed on the fence side and screwed it into the studs through the shed sheathing. I put the second one on top of the first and screwed it right through the first one. I now have two sheets of plywood just in case. I could use them to cover a broken window, patch a hole in the roof/siding or whatever. While they are stored this way I never have to move them around or deal with them like I would if I put them in the garage. I guess a person could screw them onto the inside garage wall too if that was their best choice.

  4. Joe Friday says:

    Have you been in my garage? I would swear that the above list is an inventory of what’s in there. 🙂

  5. Mark says:

    And what would you do with the wenches? Does your wife know about them? 🙂

    Seriously now, why a star drill?

  6. TimV says:

    Another source for wire is a concrete mixing company. They have 330 foot rolls of rebar tie wire for $4-5. It is stiff and very strong.

    Along with your box of deck screws, have some steel fender washers, too. A washer on a deck screw makes a great way to anchor that wire or 550 cord for holding things up or lashing things together.

    One tool I have found handy is an old heavy duty staple hammer bought at a yard sale. The new ones don’t seem to last and I have returned several within minutes of first use after they jammed up solid. The old one keeps going.

  7. Common Sense says:

    I would also throw in some other adhesives, specifically JB weld, and JB waterweld or radiator repair paste which cures underwater. Also a can of sprayfoam can be surprisingly useful, and can bolster the use of the raw materials you already listed.

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