Top 15 Home Maintenance Tools

Top 15 Home Maintenance Tools

Handyman Larry’s Top 15 Favorite Home Maintenance Tools


First, let me start with a handyman, which is also known as a repairer, or handyperson is a person skilled at a wide range of repairs, usually around the home. They carry out different kinds of tasks that include trade skills, repair work, upkeep work, which is performed both inside and outside, and is sometimes described as “side work”, “odd jobs” or “fix-up tasks”. Regardless of whether the degree of your handyman abilities reduces to just fixing a few screws or hammering a couple of nails, also, you need a few pieces of equipment to take care of your business right, easily, and conveniently without any form of error. As a handyman, I have selected the most important and favorite home maintenance tools I can not do without, which is also an important tool for any handyman.

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Here are the top 15 home maintenance tools Handyman Larry can not do without;

emergency bulb1.  Emergency Power LED Lightbulb

  1. The Emergency Power LED Light Bulb is a self-charging emergency light bulb. It incorporates a rechargeable built-in lithium-ion battery into the base of the bulb which automatically activates in the event of an unexpected power outage, even without electricity and will continue illuminated for up to six hours. The LED Emergency Bulb works like an energy-saving bulb during regular use and switches to emergency light during a power outage, running on a lithium-ion battery.

It’s that simple to use and gives a peace of mind.





2. Bio-advanced Bug killer

This Complete Insect Killer offers an exclusive dual protection system. It kills insects above and below surfaces. Handyman Larry uses Bio-Advanced bug killer on his homes that he maintains. He found it to be the most effective in killing a wide variety of insects. 

This product kills

  • Ants
  • Fleas
  • Ticks
  • Grubs
  • Chinch Bugs
  • Mole Crickets
  • European Crane Fly larvae
  • and many more.

3. Roundup Extended Weed Control

Dual-action formula kills existing weeds and prevents new ones from growing for up to 4 months. Roundup kills weeds to the root. 

Use on:

  • driveways
  • sidewalks
  • patios
  • along fences
  • and retaining walls
  • on decorative rock
  • gravel areas


Consistent use will save a homeowner lots of time and your yard will stay beautiful! 



4. Champion Dual Fuel Generator

The Dual-fuel Champion’s generator allows the engine to run on either gasoline or propane. This unit includes a propane hose and provides up to 9 hours of run time on gasoline or 10.5 hours on propane. The Champion Dual Fuel generator is another great preparedness for a home. If 2020 has proven anything it’s we need to have a back up in different situations. Having an emergency generator allows you to keep the appliances running in your home, the fridge, heat, medical equipment, etc. 



5. Dewalt Compound Sliding Miter Saw

Wood trim and molding are cut with a Miter saw. It can also cut metal, masonry, and plastics as well, via a suitable type of blade. Any DIYer will benefit from the Dewalt Compound Sliding Miter Saw. It helps home projects go faster and easier. Saving so much time. 


multimeter tool6. Klein Tools Electrical Multimeter Test Kit

This is a measuring device that can measure multiple electrical properties. A typical multimeter can measure voltage, resistance, and current; also known as a volt-ohm-milliammeter (VOM). Analog multimeters use a microammeter with a moving pointer to display readings.

The Electrical Multimeter test isn’t really a must for a homeowner but comes in great help for a handyman. However, it does work great to test your batteries. Our kids have used in many times to figure out if the gadgets batteries are dead or the gadget needs fixed.

gorilla glue

7. Gorilla Glue

The original Gorilla Glue is renowned for its incredible strength and versatility. It is 100% waterproof and resistant to extreme temperatures. The water-activated polyurethane formula expands into materials, forming a strong bond to almost anything. Making Gorilla Glue your solution for almost any project or repair. 

Original Gorilla Glue works on

  • wood
  • stone
  • foam
  • metal
  • ceramic
  • glass
  • and other materials

Gorilla glue works for so many projects around the home. We have even used it to build cardboard boxes and cars for the kids. It’s a go to item when needing to adhere something.
milwualkee8. Milwaukee Dolly

This heavy-duty Milwaukee convertible hand truck is an excellent choice for those who need to move large loads quickly and often. The dolly is constructed with impact-resistant polymers and smooth roll wheels, providing you up to 250lbs of weight capacity in job site conditions. The Loading Lever keeps the dolly in place when loading and unloading, providing increased productivity. 

I don’t know about you but most DIYer’s that we know tend to like to get things done and carry many items at once. This can damage the back. I  highly suggest that if you can get used to just grabbing this handy little Milwaukee Dolly it will save your back in the future. Take care of your body it’s the only one you get. 🙂

adhesive9. Loctite Adhesive

This is intended for locking and sealing of threaded fasteners. It protects threads from rust and corrosion and prevents loosening from shock and vibration. It provides lubricity to achieve controlled strength during assembly and also prevents galling and seizing for reliable disassembly.

Caulking and Loctite Adhesive are the other type of adhesive we recommend having on hand. It works better on plastic than Gorilla glue does.

To learn more about the differences between Loctite vs Gorilla Glue check out this article by

10. Ridgid Oscillating multi-tool

This is a compact, portable power tool that accepts a wide range of interchangeable blades.  The blade vibrates and oscillates back and forth at a very high speed. It is much easier and safer to use than a circular or reciprocating saw. It’ll slice through virtually any building material, including wood, metal, drywall, cement, mortar, plastic, and fiberglass. And, a multi-tool will work in places other power tools wouldn’t dare go, including narrow spaces, tight corners, and awkward angles.

Use the Ridgid Oscillating Multi tool for:

  • Trimming pipes and screws
  • Trimming wood and floorboards
  • Cutting out openings in drywall
  • Removing rust from metals
  • Sanding down furniture
  • Scraping adhesive
  • Removing mortar

Contractor phone11. Kyocera Contractors Phone Model E 6910

This is a construction-related and shock-proof smartphone. This great phone by Kyocera is waterproof and dust-proof. It can withstand dust for at least 6 hours, and it can be dropped from 4 feet and still function.

I just can’t say enough about my Kyocera Contractors Phone. The average homeowner may not need this durability the Kyocera offers but any DIYer might appreciate it. When working with a phone on your belt it can take some pretty abusive treatment getting knocked around as one carries lumber, or drops it from a ladder or into a pool. Before my Kyocera I would go through phones quickly and now I get the full use out of it for a few years. The Kyocera has literally saved me thousands of dollars because it can withstand a contractor’s abuse.



Ryobi tools12. Ryobi Cordless Circular Saw

 Ryobi’s Brushless motor provides a longer run time and allows for more power. The Brushless motor extends the tool life over previous motor designs. The Ryobi Cordless Circular Saw features a 0-56-degree bevel cut capacity. It can be hand-held or mounted to a machine.

Another favorite feature of the circular saw is that it can be used for cutting materials such as:

  • wood
  • masonry
  • plastic
  • metal

I have mentioned having a miter saw and maybe you are wondering why one would also appreciate a circular saw. A miter saw is also known as a chop saw and makes precise cuts, whereas a Circular saw is a little rougher. A circular saw is usually less expensive and can be free handed cutting so you can cut larger pieces of wood.

If you would like to learn more about circular saw vs miter saws check out this article from NJS Designs.


13. Ryobi Drill

This is a drilling tool used mainly for making round holes or driving fasteners is a must-have for home maintenance tools. Depending on the application, it is fitted with a drill or driver bit, and secured by a chuck. A drill is one of the most useful tools a DIYer can own. It can get the job done much faster than a screwdriver plus it drills holes so it is multi-useful. 


14. Ryobi nail gun

A nail gun, or nailer is a type of tool used to drive nails into wood or some other kind of material. It is usually driven by compressed air (pneumatic), electromagnetism, highly flammable gases such as butane or propane, or, for powder-actuated tools, a small explosive charge.

With a nail gun, you can aim a nail for perfect placement they drive nails with a single pull of the trigger. It will save you so much time. If you are looking at doing any home improvement job I am sure you will appreciate the ease and the time saving a nail gun will provide.

15. Tape Measure

A measuring tape is a flexible ruler used to measure size. It consists of a ribbon of cloth, plastic, fiberglass, or metal strip with linear-measurement markings. It is a common measuring tool so of course one shouldn’t forget a tape measure. Sometimes I try to eyeball things but depending on the project I don’t recommend that you could have some serious issues that may or may not be funny. 🙂 


home owners mai16. HomeOwners Maintenance Journal

You may not think of a manual that keeps track of your projects as a Home maintenance tools but if you are a homeowner or a contractor my Homeowners journal can save you so much time. Keeping track of some of these projects is a must and I created a Homeowners Maintenance Journal that is the perfect place to keep warranty information and repair/replacement details for the busy family trying to improve their home. First, it can be a great tool when selling your home.  As a result, it shows potential buyers that you have properly maintained and cared for your home. Moreover, it includes everything you need to keep track of all home maintenance done on your home.




Sections Include:

•Your home’s information

•Important local and professional contacts

•Sketch area to draw detailed measurements for each room and outdoors

•A log for appliances and fixtures purchases, warranty information, and contact numbers

•Detailed repair logs for each room

•Paint log for each room

•Landscaping sketch area

•Plant records

•Month by Month checklist suggestions

•Seasonal maintenance checklist suggestions


The home maintenance tools listed here are enough to handle most DIY household projects. It’s important to keep in mind that; Each tool accompanies a manual to read. Use safety glasses. What you wear and what you don’t wear could extraordinarily affect your safety. For safety concerns when any home maintenance tool is not in use be sure to unplug them. You never know when a little one will want to explore fascinating machines. 

Do you have favorites that keep your home running smoothly? Leave a comment and share your favorites.


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Comments (4)

  • These are great items to have around. You can easily get those home repairs done without having to run to the store.

  • A great list of home improvement tools to have around your house. I love his selection of Ryobi tools.

  • When I had a home, I kept a small toolbox if hammer, screwdrivers, brads, pliers, glue, twine, duct tape – just everyday things like that – not as elaborate as your home maintenance tools. The home maintenance journal is a fantastic idea – instead of a random pile of receipts!

    • I love it those small toolbox with those simple basics are fabulous to have on hand.


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