A home tool kit is a great investment for homeowners who are just starting out. It can help with basic tasks like putting together furniture. As new projects come up and your skills improve, you can keep growing your collection. Continue reading to find out more about the best tools you can have in your home tool box.
- 1 11 Tools to Have in a Basic Toolkit
- 2 9 Tools to Add to Your Toolkit Over Time
- 3 9 Tools for the Experienced DIYer
11 Tools to Have in a Basic Toolkit
These 11 simple tools can be used to fix nearly anything.
1. Screwdriver Set
Screwdrivers are used to tighten cabinet hardware, install light switches, and open paint cans. This 10-piece set contains five Phillips and five slotsted screwdrivers in common sizes.
2. Tape Measure
A tape measure is handy for measuring anything, from the area of a wall to be painted to the thickness of lumber at a home-improvement store. Craftsman’s tape measure measures 25 feet in length.
An easy-to-carry toolbox that can hold all your bolts and screwdrivers is ideal. This large-capacity toolbox has a handy carrying handle and an inner tray that can be removed.
The 16-ounce smooth-faced clawhammer is heavy and versatile for driving nails into wood. It is handy for pulling out bent nails. To reduce shock, this durable model has a fiberglass handle.
5. Duct Tape
This sticky tape is ideal for quick fixes around your home. The woven backing is thicker than other rolls, but it’s easy to cut to the length you need. It can be used to fix broken buckets and tarps.
This rechargeable flashlight will save you the hassle of searching for new batteries every time your power goes out. The bright light emits 900 lumens, and there are five modes that can be used to adjust to different levels of darkness.
7. Set of pliers
They can be used to fix bent power cord plugs or replace old shower heads. Channellock’s well-made kit includes tongue-and groove, slip-joint, long-nose and diagonal-cutting pliers.
8. Utility Knife
This tool will be your go-to tool for opening boxes, marking mortises and shaving wood. You can get one with an ergonomic handle and a strong locking blade for a little extra. You can even get four replacement blades for the one you have.
9. Putty Knife
This tool is used to apply spackling compound, reglaze windows, and remove wallpaper or paint. This tool has a nylon handle with a two-inch flexible blade.
This handsaw is easier to use than a powersaw and can be set up in less time than a powersaw. It’s great for trimming lumber and molding stock. The handle is ergonomic and has a thick blade.
11. Adjustable Wrench
An adjustable wrench is needed to tighten pipes, assemble swing sets and other tasks. The set comes with four wrenches, each with six, eight, 10 and 12 inch handles. If you need more leverage to remove a stuck nut, choose the longer handle. When space is limited, go for the shorter handle.
9 Tools to Add to Your Toolkit Over Time
You have done some repairs over time, but now you are ready to tackle more challenging projects.
1. Multibit Screwdriver
Multibit screwdrivers are great for home repairs and other projects. This multibit screwdriver comes with eight bits as well as three bonus nut drivers.
2. 35-Foot Tape Measure
Larger projects can be marked off with a longer tape. This tape has a thicker end hook, which grips corners better than smaller tapes.
3. Bucket-Liner Tool Organizer
A five-gallon bucket is a great way to organize your tools. Rugged Tools’ model has 64 fabric pockets.
4. Drill/Driver, and Circular Saw
These tools are essential for drilling pilot holes, driving lots of screws and cutting lots of lumber. They can be taken anywhere because they are cordless. This combo kit includes two of the most popular tools at an unbeatable price.
A level is an essential tool to hang pictures, install cabinets or lay a patio. This model has a continuous edge with shock-resistant ends caps.
It will be a great help in hauling yard waste, whether it’s spring or fall. This wheelbarrow’s five-foot-long poly tub can transport compost, soil, mulch and other materials with ease.
7. Stud Finder
This device is not suitable for locating a stud until you are able to physically knock on the wall. This stud finder scans at various depths for different materials such as metal, live wire, and pipes.
8. Socket Set
For anything that is held together by nuts and bolts, a good socket set includes a ratcheting handle. This kit contains 40 sockets in a variety of sizes. It also includes a carrying case, an extension bar, sparkplug socket, adapter and a carrying case.
A good multitool can be carried on your hip, or in your glove box. It keeps pliers and other tools close by. The 14-tool model is small enough to fit in your pocket and includes a nylon carry pouch.
9 Tools for the Experienced DIYer
You can tackle any job, large or small, from drywall repair to window trimming.
1. Brad Nailer
It’s much easier to install crown molding when you can use your hands to shoot nails instead of hammer them. The reliable pneumatic brad nailer makes it easy to keep on your tool belt when you’re climbing ladders. You can even use it as a pencil sharpener when you need it.
2. Miter Saw
A miter saw is essential for precise finish work, from deck building to finishing carpentry. The 12-inch single-bevel mitersaw has 14 positive stops as well as a tall sliding gate.
3. Laser Level
You can forget about the chalk-line dust. This laser level can be used to instantly set plumb lines and level lines when installing kitchen cabinets or bookcases.
4. Table Saw
A table saw is the workhorse for any garage workshop. It can make precise rip cuts in all lengths. The 10-inch table saw is equipped with a rolling stand that makes it easy to set up and take down.
5. Worm-Drive Saw
Make sure you have one corded tool. A circular saw can cut through concrete, stone, and wood. Although worm drives are heavier than sidewinder and chainsaws, they can still handle heavy-duty tasks. The magnesium housing keeps this 7.25-inch saw’s weight below 15 pounds.
Music can make any job easier, whether you’re painting a room and laying sod. Ridgid’s durable radio protects your smartphone from moisture and dust.
7. Rolling Tool Storage
To transport all your tools, you will need a rolling tool box. This tool chest features an ergonomic handle that allows for easy movement, compartments for small parts, and hooks to hold cables.
8. Multifunction Oscillating Tool
This tool can be used to sand or cut or slice depending on its attachment. It also has the ability to grind with simple, back-and forth oscillations. The oscillating tool includes multiple blades, sanding pads, and a durable carrying bag.
9. Random-Orbit Sander
A random-orbital orbital sander is the best tool for smoothing surfaces. This model is compact and has a dust collection system.
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