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What Should You Have in Your DIY Tool Box (or Workspace)?

Before any DIY person gains enough experience for major DIY projects, they need to first learn to have at least some basic tools in a handy tool box. This is necessary for common home repairs or small projects. Slowly, the “DIY toolbox” can have more tools as the homeowner gains more home improvement experience. All basic and handy tools, naturally, should all be together in a toolbox, tool bag, plastic tote, or plastic bucket and in one place where you can always find it.

Basic toolbox items are perfect for doing minor things like hanging pictures, spackling some wall imperfections, adjusting a door, and the like. Don’t buy super cheap items, but you don’t need top of the line either. It’s not a good idea to buy used or second hand basic tools. Just go for decent quality. There are two categories below. Prices are not included so homeowners can find the best prices themselves:

Basic DIY Toolbox –

  • Multi-end screwdriver or screwdriver set with different ends
  • Tape measure
  • 24″ level
  • 3″ putty knife
  • Slip joint pliers
  • Roll of duct tape
  • Hack saw
  • Safety glasses
  • Hammer
  • Red bar
  • Adjustable tri-square
  • Utility knife
  • 8″ Adjustable wrench
  • Basic hand saw
  • Stud finder
  • Caulking gun
  • Wood chisel

Luxury tools are pricier tools, but they can really make things quicker and easier. If you want to build that in the back yard or install new gutters, these are the items that you should not be without. Just like the basic toolbox items, don’t buy the cheapest tools you can find, and also there are sometimes good deals on used tools out there that people are selling because they are upgrading to higher end tools. Ask your friends and relatives about luxury or power tools they need to sell or get rid of. Also it may cheaper to rent certain tools that you may not use again. This may also give you the chance to use a much higher quality tool than you would have bought.

DIY Luxury and Power Tools –

Cordless drill

Jig saw

Reciprocating saw

Squeeze clamps (At least 5 of different sizes)

Small air compressor

Wet and dry vacuum

Circular saw

Folding saw horses (At least 2)

Framing square

Compound miter saw

18 gauge brad nail gun