Just about every homeowner has a basic toolset with a screwdriver, a hammer, and other everyday essentials. But if you truly want to stay on top of your maintenance game, you might want to keep an eye out for certain speciality tools the next time you are walking through the aisles of the local home improvement store. Here are three speciality tools that every homeowner should have but you didn't know you needed.
Thermal Leak Detector
A home that has bad insulation around the windows or doors is going lead to a homeowner who is not very happy with his or her energy bill. Yes, you could pay a contractor to come out for a regular inspection to make sure things are as they should be, but if you want a way to quickly check for a draft or air leak, a thermal leak detector is the way to go. This detector uses infrared sensors to measure temperature and can be waved in front of a wall or window. If the monitor turns blue, a cold spot has been detected, if it's red, you've got heat coming in from somewhere.
Stripped Screw Remover
Just about any homeowner who has ever worked on a do-it-yourself project has encountered a stripped screw or two. A stripped screw can be downright infuriating because it can be difficult to get it out of the wall with a standard screwdriver if it is stripped badly. Enter the stripped screw remover. The name may be a little on the nose, but it will get the job done. A stripped screw remover actually has two different parts to it, one on each end. One end will punch a hole into the screw itself. The other end of the remover can then be inserted into the hole to quickly and easily pull it right out.
Most homeowners know that if you don't want problems with a leak around your roof or along your home's foundation, your house's rain gutter should be cleaned of debris on a regular basis. But actually getting up on a ladder and removing the debris by hand can be a real pain. Luckily, that's where the gutter blaster comes in. A gutter blaster can be attached to a garden hose and the biggest ones can then extend upward 6 to 10 feet. The gutter blaster has a curved hook shape to it that will allow you to blast debris out of your gutter with the high pressure water coming out of your garden hose. Just be prepared for some water and other gunk to come down on your head if you do this without the benefit of a ladder.
Your home improvement store likely has a treasure trove of unique speciality tools that you didn't even know existed. Ask around, and you're likely to find just what you need to help you spot a problem with your home's insulation, clean out your rain gutter or simply remove a difficult stripped screw. For more information, contact a company like Bourget Bros. Building Materials.