Avoiding the crowds and the city lights, enjoying an abundance of peace and quiet, being closer to nature, and developing closer relationships with the few nearby neighbors you do have is part of the warp and woof of rural living.
But another aspect of living in the country is the need to be constantly prepared for whatever may come your way. Stocking up on canned goods and bottled water in the pantry becomes a matter of necessity and not mere convenience. Another example would be home security devices.
But here, I want to focus on keeping your home tool supplies fully stocked ahead of time, ready to tackle any home repair or renovation project. Extra trips to the town cost too much time and gas money.
Household Tool Arsenal
Here are some tools you don’t want to be without:
Backup generators provide power during outages and storms. There will be times when power is out, and living in rural areas sometimes it will be slow for lines and pole to be repaired and the power to resume.
Having a generator to not only provide power to your home and critical appliances but also tools that you might need to use on your property that might be to far from an electrical outlet or suplly. Plug what you want to run with you generator directly into the generator or use a HEAVY duty extension cord into the generator.
For both indoor and outdoor painting projects, you can save yourself a lot of time and effort by investing in a high-quality paint sprayer.
Country homes, if anything, tend to take a bigger beating from the weather and the wear and tear, making painting a more frequent event.
Avoid drips, runs, spills, and paint spots on the floor and keep paint coats evenly distributed by investing in a quality brand. To be sure you make the choice, Toolnerds gives you comprehensive household tool guides, including paint sprayers.
Simple electrical problems, whether with your outlets or your devices, can often be solved with a handheld multimeter and some “basic training” on how to use one.
Finding shorts, safely testing if outlets are live, and identifying a number of other electrical issues can be fast, simple, and easy with a multimeter.
Modern models often don’t even need to be calibrated before use, and the LED screens are easy to read and interpret.
Staple Guns and Nail Guns
A staple and/or nail gun, complete with a compressor and a sufficiently long air hose are essential to a host of home improvement projects. Siding, wood steps and railings, decks, wood flooring, carpet, structural repairs, trim and baseboards, and more will all be made much easier with a nail or a staple gun versus hand nailing. And with a long enough hose or extension cord, you can quickly nail fallen fence boards back to their posts. Staple gun…nail gun
A power (or pressure) washer will come in handy in country settings with relatively harsh climates. Moss, mold, dirt, dust, and other undesirable elements will soon be plastered all over your home’s exterior. Your decking and even foundation line may also become in need of a good washing.
If your home is sizable at all, you probably should opt for a larger, more powerful model. And be sure it will handle hard water if you are drawing from a well or pump with high-mineral content.
Variety of Saws
Not only will you need a basic, corded circular saw, but you will likely use the full spectrum of saw types if you live in the country. Many who live in the country will choose to build at least some of their own furniture from scratch, and it is not uncommon to run a small woodworking shop as well.
A sliding compound miter saw will make cutting angles on even wide boards fast and simple. A contractor, or even a cabinet table saw will be powerful enough to handle all of your woodworking projects. A jigsaw is essential for making odd-shaped cuts, and a cordless, lightweight circular saw is necessary for cutting in tight, hard to access areas.
Having the right saw for the job gives you a huge advantage. Investing in more than just one or two saws is wise for country dwellers.