10 ‘Must Have’ Tools For EVERY DIY’er

10 ‘Must Have’ Tools For EVERY DIY’er


No matter your level of DIY capabilities, it is important to have a reliable set of tools around your home. You never know when you might need to fix something of importance or when you may just get the itch to build something with your hands one weekend. Either way, the only reliable way to do that is to have a set of tools within reach. Here are ten essential tools that every DIY’er should have, no matter their abilities or level of experience around the house.

must have tools - hammerA good quality hammer will come in handy more often than not. However, notice the emphasis on ‘quality.’ Sure, there are plenty of cheaper hammer options out there, but you’ll regret getting them. Having a solid 16-ounce hammer with a fiberglass handle will last you long enough and be used enough to be worth the investment.

must have tools - SCREW DRIVERSreliable set of screwdrivers is second on this list in terms of importance. Be sure to have a flathead, Phillips, slotted and square as the most basic of necessities. Feel free to add varying sizes as well, as you build on your DIY tool kit.

must have tools - socket set

Having a socket set will allow you to work on a variety of different projects with varying sizes of lugs and nuts. Consider getting a socket case, so that you can keep everything neatly organized and within reach when you need them.

must have tools - LEVEL

Avoid making mistakes with where you put things with a useful level. A level will help you make sure things are put up straight and that you create level areas.

must have tools - CHALK LINETo better help you make those straight lines with your level, consider adding a chalk line to your toolbox. This will help you make straight lines for any of your projects.

must have tools - Hand SawWhen it comes time to cutting wood, a handsaw is going to allow you to do so most effectively. Some DIY’ers may prefer a circular saw because of ease. But keep in mind the safety concerns with each. Not to say a circular saw isn’t a good option, but be sure to be safe when using it.

must have tools - tape measureHaving a 25-foot tape measure is convenient yet effective. If you are doing simple projects around the house, you likely won’t need anything larger than 25-feet. You can measure most rooms in your house, but also keep it controlled with just two hands.

must have tools - drillpower drill will come in handy and also keep you from getting winded by just using screwdrivers. You can cut your DIY project times in half, or sometimes more, with the use of a power drill.

must have tools - utility knifeWhether you are cutting open a package or you just need to trim something that runs a bit too long, a utility knife will come in handy in your toolbox. Consider a knife with replaceable retractable blades, so that you can change them out if they get dull.

must have tools - glasses

Lastly, a pair of safety glasses might be something that some people forget, but you will want to make sure you have them available at all times.

When it comes to DIY projects, you never know what might happen, so protecting your eyes is of the utmost importance.  Before you get started on your next home project, be sure that you have all of these tools within reach. If you do, then you’ll certainly be able to tackle any average project that comes your way.


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  • Jeremy says:

    You’ve definitely included all the absolute must haves here Michelle. Have you embarked on any DIY projects recently?

    • Hi Jeremy, thanks for the comment. I have indeed done some DIY recently. I spent an afternoon putting a pool pump shelter up with my Dad as a gift to him. I tell you what thank heavens for the person who invented power drills! Best tool to have when doing big projects. It certainly helped us get the job done quicker.

  • Krisztian says:

    How about the Keter storage box that you also put together recently Michelle?

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