The Ultimate Home Repair Tools Basics Quiz
by Staff
Although the saying goes that a poor craftsman blames his tools, having the right tools definitely makes the job easier. Knowing which tools you need and choosing good quality tools will help you to correctly and safely get the job done. There are a range of basic home-repair tools available. Take this quiz to see how much you know about them.

What is the minimum width a tape measure should be?

  • 1/4 inch
  • 1/2 inch
  • 5/8 inch

What sort of square would you use for measuring small jobs?

  • a carpenter's square
  • a combination square
  • a try square

What size level is the most popular?

  • 10 inches
  • 30 inches
  • 6 feet

How does a ripsaw cut wood?

  • across the grain
  • along the grain
  • for making angles

A chuck is the part of a drill that holds the drill bits. How many sizes do chucks come in?

  • 1
  • 2
  • 3

Which of the following tools is a fastener?

  • hammer
  • saw
  • square

What size hammer is recommended for men?

  • 12 ounces
  • 14 ounces
  • 16 ounces

What is another name for the Phillips head screwdriver?

  • cross-head
  • standard head
  • torx head

What is the purpose of a wrench?

  • to remove a nail
  • to turn a nut
  • to squeeze a bolt

What shape hole does an Allen wrench fit into?

  • square
  • hexagonal
  • octagonal

What precaution do you need to take when using a C-clamp?

  • Insert blocks of scrap wood between the jaws.
  • Only use a C-clamp on metals or ceramics.
  • keep electrical appliances away from the C-clamp.

When using an electrical tester to check for electrical current, you need to place tester probes at how many points in the circuit?

  • 1
  • 2
  • 3

What is a continuity tester used to determine?

  • a problem within an appliance
  • a problem within an outlet
  • the number of ohms running through a circuit

What scale is usually used when using a volt-ohm-milliammeter (VOM) to test a circuit or appliance?

  • volts
  • ohms
  • watts

What is commonly used to clean the insides of appliances and electrical fixtures that are hard to access?

  • water spray
  • alcohol spray
  • compressed air

What sort of plumbing tool is used to clear clogged toilets?

  • a spud wrench
  • a closet auger
  • a pipe wrench

What are natural paint brush bristles usually made from?

  • cotton
  • human hair
  • corn hair

Which of the following features are signs of a good paint brush?

  • split bristle ends
  • short, tapered bristles
  • loose bristles

What size brush should you chose if you are painting a wall?

  • 1-inch-wide
  • 2-inch-wide
  • 4-inch-wide

What factor determines the type of paint roller cover you will need?

  • the paint you will use
  • the material you are painting
  • the area you want to paint