Everyone needs a few basic tools. These are the tools that will be used is every basic home DIY project and even necessary for basic home maintenance. These are the tools that might be worth spending a few extra bucks on to make sure that they are high quality. Even if you’ve never touched a hammer you could probably benefit from owning some of these tools for the unknown future and the convenience they might provide. So, lets get into it. Here are the basic tools that every homeowner should have and some common applications and situations where you might need them.
16 Ounce Hammer
This is a staple of any tool kit. A simple claw hammer can be used for inserting nails as well as small time demolition projects. It’s best to opt for a synthetic handle that will be more durable than the standard wood handles that are common in older hammers. Try to find a hammer with a good balance in your hand and you’ll be set for life. You’d be surprised at the ways you’ll use your hammer once you have one.
This gets my vote for the most useful tool in existence. You’re looking for something that has interchangeable flathead and phillips attachments. Ideally you’d like 2 sizes for each and you’ll be set for most applications.
While perhaps technically not a tool this still deserves a spot in your toolkit as it’s one of the most important pieces of equipment you’ll need to have for do-it-yourself projects. As the old adage goes: measure twice cut once. The best option for a tape measure is going to be the classic 25’ retractable yellow tape measure.
Along the same lines as the tape measure a level is going to be a very valuable asset to any tool kit. There’s nothing more infuriating than not having a level when you need one. Having a level is crucial and quite cheap to own so there’s no reason not to own one. You don’t need a fancy laser level for a beginner toolkit stick to what’s cheap and works.
Another valuable addition to your toolkit will be a decent pair of needlenose pliers. You’ll be able to find a myriad of uses and in a pinch they can even work as a wrench for smaller nuts. Needlenose pliers really shine when you need to do anything with wire they’re known as an electricians best friend.
While this might not be the cheapest thing it has a ton of applications and you’ll have no shortage of usages once you have one. Ideally you’ll want a cordless power drill with a rechargeable battery between 12 and 18 volts though this is going to impact its weight. Additionally you’ll want to make sure it can reverse.