After moving to El Salvador and living with my girlfriends family (her mother and brother), I quickly noticed that there’s a severe shortage of tools at her house. Her brother is the only guy living at the house and he’s not particularly tool friendly, so I can see why there’s a lack of tools. I think so far I’ve only found a hammer and some wire cutters.
I’m not particularly skilled in working with tools, aside from minor past experience fixing small household things and fixing my car. So, it’s time for me to learn, because a lot of work needs to be done to make the house more comfortable, such as building some shelves for more counter-space, putting screens in the windows, fixing a couple water leaks in the roof and repainting some furniture blemishes.
From what I’ve found so far, there are quite a few tool stores here in El Salvador (namely EPA, Vidri and Freund). Some of the power tools are more than double the price of the same tools in the United States, so I’ll have to pick those up on my next trip to visit my parents.
Overall, I’m finding everything I need in terms of tools at the stores. I’ll post some pictures soon.