Written by Chantel DaCosta

How To Assemble A Basic Toolbox- What You Will Need


A well-equipped toolbox is an essential for a homeowner. You will need tools to do basic home improvement and decorative activities that range from simply hanging your favourite framed photographs on your wall to assembling furniture and small appliances. Here are the recommended tools that should be included in your basic toolbox.

Screwdriver set: You will need and you will use your screwdrivers often. From prying the lids off of paint cans to opening the child-proof battery compartments, screwdrivers are a must have tool. If storage is tight, then you can buy a screwdriver with interchangeable tips. Otherwise, opt for a set of separate screwdrivers in sizes you’ll use most.  These are the three sizes of slotted-screw drivers and three Phillips-head screwdrivers in #1, #2, and #3 sizes.

Hammer: This is one of the toolkit all-stars; you will need a claw hammer. One end is used to drive nails in, the other side to pull (usually bent) nails out of wood or a wall. Most home improvement experts recommend a rubber, plastic, or vinyl handle hammer that offers shock absorption. Also get one with a grooved or ribbed handle for a better grip.

Tape Measure: Buy at least a 25 foot model with a blade lock. The blade should be at least one inch wide to keep it from collapsing when extended beyond a few feet.

Pliers: There are dozens of makes, models and brands of pliers to choose from. You will likely need two models, the 8-inch needle-nose pliers and 10-inch groove-joint pliers. Pliers are a necessity for simple plumbing fixes, repair and maintenance.

Adjustable Wrenches: The adjustable, crescent wrench is like having multiple wrenches in one. You’ll need one to tighten nuts and bolts and loosen plumbing fixtures.

Utility Knife: For opening boxes, sharpening pencils, and more, the utility knife is a toolbox workhorse. Options include non-slip handles and tool-free blade changes. Buy a supply of replacement blades and avoid using a dull blade.

Level: A level is an instrument designed to indicate whether a surface is horizontal (level) or vertical (plumb). A 9-inch torpedo level comes in handy for leveling everything. Having a level in your toolbox will ensure that there will be no more crookedly-hung photos. A level ensures you don’t hang or install anything including your TV stand and shelves less than perfectly horizontal.

Electric Drill: Cordless drills are convenient for working anywhere, but the corded kinds cost less and don’t require expensive battery replacements. Whichever type you select, an electric drill not only drills holes and drives screws, but, with different bits, also sands and grinds materials, and stirs paint.

Hacksaw: A hacksaw cuts through wood, metal and plastic pipes. Select a hacksaw that has easily replaceable new blades.

Flashlight: You may already own a flashlight for your emergency kit. However, you could get a dedicated LED light, or work lamp to make sure that when you are sawing, screwing, nailing or working on any other DIY project, that you have sufficient lighting.


Other items to include

These are not standard tools yet they are necessities to keep handy when using your main tools – safety goggles, work gloves, rags, pencils, superglue, duct tape and penetrating oil and water-displacing spray such as the WD-40.

Now that you have your toolbox essential list, happy DIYing and home repair.


Source: Lowes. DIY Network, Apartment Therapy, Life Hacker, Bob Vila, Readers’ Digest


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