11 Tools Every Person Needs
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We’ve all been there. Something breaks and certain tools are needed for the job. Then, we find the tool and get the job done. But a lot of younger people don’t carry a toolbox or occasionally, bum tools off of their parents. Well, whether you like it or not…you’re going to need your own tools to fix your own stuff. It will save you time and it will save you money.
Now, before you go out buying tools, make sure you purchase quality tools. As tempting as it might be to buy a $30 tool set made cheaply overseas, you should probably invest in something durable. You don’t have to buy the latest and greatest from the top brand, but try to go with a tool provider with a good history behind it.
For the novice and beginner, here are 11 tools every person needs.
1.) A Screwdriver Set
An example of the GearWrench Screwdriver Set
It doesn’t matter what you have in your house, it’s a good idea to have a screwdriver set for anything. You might need to put together furniture or screw something into your wall. At the very least you need a flat head screwdriver and Phillips head screwdriver. If you want to be prepared for anything, you can get a Torx screwdriver later on. Owning a screwdriver is very basic, but it’s also a necessity.
2.) Tape Measure
Whether you’re building a storage cabinet or measuring how far you need to screw a shelf into your wall, a tape measure is necessity for home use. As for size, 25” is a good standard to have. Will you need it all, probably not. But, it’s better to have it and not need it than need it and not have it. Find a good tape measure. You’ll thank us later.
3.) Claw Hammer
Old fashioned, but still important to getting the job done. Nothing beats the good old claw hammer. It’s lightweight, but heavy enough for basic home repairs. If you can, try to find a hammer with a fiberglass grip. Wood is okay, but it can snap if you hit it hard enough. Hammer nails or pry old nails out of wall, a hammer is essential to home repair.
Nothing beats a pair of pliers. Pliers are good for almost everything. They’re good for any household project that requires you to cut, grip, bend, or strip wire. You can get needle nose or for some heavy duty work, vice pliers.
5.) Utility Knife
It may not be the most exciting tool you’ll have, but trust us…it will get plenty of use. A good utility knife is always needed around the house or garage. Almost all projects will require you to cut or scrape excess off as some point. You don’t want to dull your kitchen or hunting knives, so a utility knife is the way to go. Also, make sure your blade stay sharp.
Less intimidating and less costly than a power saw, but can work just as well in some cases. You need some kind of saw in order to cut wood or trim lumber to a specific measurement. When at home, a handsaw can serve your immediate needs until you decide you need a more powerful saw.
7.) Adjustable Wrench
Of all your tools, an adjustable wrench could be the most likely to see the most action when you’re trying to fix a problem at home. It’s a good idea to have a crescent wrench that you can use not only to tighten up pipes, but also use the slide to tighten different size nuts. Also, consider getting a socket wrench for larger projects.
8.) Cordless Drill
If you’re making repairs to furniture or even working on a woodworking project, you will have to get a cordless drill at some point in the future. It’s used for not only drilling holes, but driving screws into a piece of material. When you decide to get a cordless drill, make sure you get one with lots of power. The only downside is when you increase the power, you also increase the weight. Make sure you get one that fits your hand, isn’t too heavy, has different speeds and is reversible.
If you want to hang a picture straight or more importantly…make sure your flat screen television is straight when you hang it up for the big game, you’re probably going to need a level at some point. A level makes sure that your materials are horizontally perfect. While many think they get by with just a laser pointer, it’s no substitute for a three or four foot straight edge.
While you think many of your household chores will take place in broad daylight, the sad simple truth is you may have to climb into dark spaces in order to fix whatever problem is plaguing your home. Sometimes it’s under the sink while other times means you have to trek through your attic. Either way, a flashlight will be your best friend in those circumstances. Always have a flashlight with you to provide light in the hard to see places. Trust us, it will make your life a lot easier.
A tool collection isn’t complete until you get a toolbox. This means you can store your tools in one place and carry them around in a convenient way. Nothing is worse than trying to carry the tools you need in two hands. A toolbox will make it easier on you.
And there you have it! 11 essential tools for home use. Did we leave one out? You have more suggestions, leave a comment and let us know! We’d love to hear from you! If you need some basic tools, we have a great selection available right here from Toolbarn.com!