Building Your DIY Tool Kit

 DIYer's toolbox and tools.

How many times have you heard, “Has anyone seen the hammer?” or maybe, “I need a screwdriver and I can’t find one anywhere.” It seems whenever you try to find a particular tool, there are none to be found. This may mean one of a couple of things. Either you have the tool and it has mysteriously gone missing, or you just don't have the tool at all. Both of these options are equally frustrating. Every home deserves a good tool kit, one that has just the basic supplies, nothing fancy, just functional. Below is a list of some of those basic tools that should be included.

Hammer - Whether you are hanging pictures or putting up shelves a hammer is essential. Choose a size and weight that you are comfortable using. No need for a construction grade hammer, just something that will work for minor repairs and home decor projects.

Tape Measure - A tape measure comes in handy for measuring windows for blinds or a room for carpet. Choose a sturdy tape measure that will reach up to 25 feet and a small 6-12 foot measure for smaller jobs.

Screwdrivers - A good set of screwdrivers won't collect any dust in most homes. At least get a flat head screwdriver and a Phillips head screwdriver, both with medium-size handgrips. If you do a lot of work on audio equipment or glasses, consider a small set of tiny screwdrivers as well.

Cordless Drill and Bits - No toolbox would be complete without a cordless bill and bits. A drill makes quick work of many projects. Find a drill weight that's comfortable and be sure to get one that has multiple speeds and is reversible. Of course, you can use it to drive screws too.

Utility Knife - Many home repair projects require trimming, dicing or slicing. A sharp utility knife is an essential part of any home tool kit. Knives should come with easy to replace blades and be sturdy enough to withstand some heavy pressure. A good utility knife will help spare wear and tear on your kitchen knives and scissors.

Level - No matter how straight you think you have got that picture, it is never straight enough. You can spare yourself a great deal of time and headache by including a good level in your tool kit. Laser levels are lots of fun but all that is really required is a good old-fashioned bubble level.

Allen Wrench Set - How many times have you turned a chair or table over to tighten a screw only find out that is not attached with a screw at all but a fastener with a hexagonal hole? This is when a set of allen wrenches comes in handy. Get a set with varying size wrenches so you can fit in the really tiny spaces.

Crescent Wrench - Many tasks around the home require the multi functionality of an crescent wrench. This adjustable wrench with its sliding jaw allows you to do much work with one tool.

Socket Wrench - Having a socket wrench in your toolkit helps you loosen those nuts and bolts with a simple twist. Be sure to purchase a set of socket extenders to make things easier.

Needle Nose Pliers - These handy pliers are good for both cutting and gripping. For small, crowded electrical work, this is the perfect tool. Their long nose reaches where fingers cannot go.

Miscellaneous Items - Consider adding the following items to your box as needed.

  • Flashlight
  • Painter's tape
  • Plumber's snake
  • Clamps
  • Nails, screws and fasteners
  • Electrical tape
  • Sander
  • Caulking gun
  • String
  • Lightweight wire
  • Stud finder
  • Glue gun
  • Duct tape
  • Wire cutters
  • Hacksaw