Stylelist’s been on point lately offering up quick fixes and home improvement tips for stylish homeowners — with last minute Easter ideas, tips to keep flowers alive longer, and even how to make a cute Easter sock bunny, the gurus at Stylelist have been keeping up with home design for the holiday season. An especially helpful post, Weekend DIY Projects: 10 Ways to Fix Up Your Home in 2 Days or Less, has been the latest DIY post to grace the pages of Stylelist, offering up projects from garden revamps to brick repair.
Though these are great options for the avid DIYer, a particular “Related Video” at the end of the slideshow is enough to stop a reader in his/her tracks. Basic Home Improvement Tools for Women is the name of the video, a 90s-style wives of Home Improvement-esque video claiming to give home-wives an arsenal of tricks so they can help out their manly husbands around the house. It’s sexist at best, and is everything the modern woman does not want to hear in an instructional video. The video should be skipped over entirely…if it wasn’t for the surprisingly helpful advice it offered. Here are six gems from the video so you don’t have to sift through it yourself:
1. You’re going to need a basic hammer with a claw-head. It’s light enough to carry around, and is helpful for small projects like hanging pictures to large projects such as building benches. “Something small that won’t be too heavy for you to…something we can manage.”
2. You’re also going to need basic pliers. While a hammer is going to help you knock stuff into place, pliers will help you take it right back out. If you use it to hold a nail in place up to a wall, “you won’t have to worry about breaking a nail.”
3. An adjustable wrench — the tool you’ll never want to use but need to have — is an essential part of your tool kit when it comes to quick fixes. A leaky pipe or faucet easily falls victim to the power of the adjustable wrench. “You won’t have to call the plumber in the middle of the night.”
4. The perfect accessory, a tape measure, is great for on-the-go measurements to ensure the perfect fit. Way more than something “that’s good to hang on a keychain,” it’s an essential tool to ensure you don’t buy something that’s the wrong size. Ones with built-in levels are especially helpful once you get your purchase home.
5. But if you left your tape measure in your purse, make sure you have a standalone level. While most built-in levels only have enough space for one level, it’s important that your device have three — vertical, horizontal, and diagonal. You won’t know which direction you’d like something to be level until you’re stuck without the tool.
6. Various sized hooks are essential for ensuring your walls can withstand the weigh of your decorations. Most hooks have standardized weight capacities to make sure your items are supported. Segregating and labeling hooks by weight makes it easier to get the job done.
6. Goggles, though “they’re not the most stylish,” are essential for protecting your eyes from flying debris. When using power tools, there’s a higher chance for shreds of material to get airborne, increasing the risk of damage done to your eyes. “You probably don’t want to go out shopping in them…but safety is important.” Yes, it is.
In case you’re interested, or want a good laugh, check out the video here: