If you’re a homeowner or even just a DIY renter, you’ll need to be prepared to roll up your sleeves to tackle projects around the house.
Get ready by assembling a toolbox filled with the most essential tools to get simple jobs done. Here are the most frequently recommended beginner tools from homeowners. Keep in mind, this isn’t a comprehensive list and make sure to always put safety first.
Pliers/Needle Nose Pliers
Get a grip with a good pair of pliers. If you need bend wire, pull carpet staples or tightly grasp anything else, this will be your go-to tool. If you plan to use them for long periods, look for some with rubber-coated handles.
Measure twice, drill/cut/nail once. If you’re fractionally challenged, look for models that have fractions printed right on the tape.
Hang pictures and shelves straight as an arrow with this tool. You’ll have a couple of options: the classic bubble level or a laser level. Bubble levels will likely be the less expensive option, but laser levels will give you far greater range.
Can you image a toolbox without a hammer? Hanging pictures, taking doors off their hinges, pounding in finishing nails and securing paint can lids are just a few of the many, many tasks for which you’ll use your hammer. You’ll see several different types of hammers at the hardware store; go with a classic claw hammer.
Screw Driver Set
Just like your hammer, a screw driver set is absolutely essential. Look for a set that includes both flathead and Phillips head drivers.
A versatile tool that’s helpful if you’re trying to loosen a garden hose from the spigot or shut off utilities, like gas.
If you’re hanging a heavy object on a wall, you’ll need to secure it to something. Unless you still have those X-ray specs from your childhood, a stud finder is your best option. You’ll typically be using this along with your hammer and level.
A must if you’re filling old picture holes and wall dings with spackle. It’s also an excellent tool for removing wallpaper.
Pick up either a cordless or corded one. If you don’t plan on using your drill often, go for a corded model and a nice extension cord.
Allen Wrench Set
If you’ve ever put together (Swedish) furniture, you’re familiar with these tools, which are also called Allen keys or hex keys. Look for a set that has a few various sizes that are bound together like a pocket knife so you don’t lose them.
That’s our list of basic tools. But, let’s hear from you: what other basic tools to you find most useful around the house? Let us know in the comments.
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