Personalized home tool boxes are stocked with a variety of safe, easy-to-use power tools as well as some basics tools. Basic tools like a tape measure and a set of allen wrenches that are a great help around the house.
Keeping the tools organized and in one place—either in a bucket or a portable, compartmented tool box; the proper equipment will always be available for those small tasks that just shouldn’t wait!
Tools for Simple Jobs
Even simple hammers and screwdrivers come in a variety of sizes and shapes, but a home tool kit need not include one of each. For most home repairs and simple DIY tasks, simple is best.
Here are the simple, hand-held tools every functional tool box should include:
- A medium weight claw hammer
- Several sizes of screwdrivers, both flat head and Phillips, or one large and one small screwdriver with interchangeable bits
- A simple adjustable wrench
- Pliers: It’s nice to have three types, common combination pliers, needlenose, and perhaps a locking set
- Nail set and awl
- Utility knife
- Putty knife or sturdy scraper
- Bevel edge chisel(s)
- Heavy-duty stapler or lightweight staple gun
- Torpedo level
- Tape measure—a 25-foot retractable metal tape is sufficient for most home purposes
- Carpenter’s pencils
These basic & essential tools will allow you to hang pictures and curtain rods, tighten a bolt, install a new doorknob, adjust a hinge, replace cabinet hardware, add brackets and bookshelves to the wall, and perform necessary ongoing maintenance. Don’t forget the convenience of a flashlight and a two-or three-step folding stool or small ladder.
The Wide World of Power Tools
For tougher tasks, assemble some simple power tools: Battery-powered screwdrivers with interchangeable heads are a boon for home crafts and can be used easily by all but the youngest children. They allow younger family members to help out with home repairs and yard projects.
A cost-effective investment and an invaluable tool for anyone who wants to tackle more extensive home projects is a multi-purpose, cordless drill-driver with a rechargeable battery pack. Shop for the size, brand, features and functionality that meet specific needs. They are a boon to the home handyman, and battery packs are often interchangeable with other cordless tools.
A lightweight skill saw is a great addition to the home project arsenal. Choose an electrical circular saw or a more portable battery-powered model. Finally, a lightweight palm sander is a great help on numerous home projects, and a lot easier to use than sandpaper and steel wool.
Tailor Tool Box to Personal Needs
You might not want to go as far as “his” and “hers” tool kits, but it’s never too early to start teaching the kids how to use basic tools, so a pint-sized version of real grown-up tools might be just the thing for a birthday gift. Why not start a child out with real tools designed especially for small hands rather than a plastic play set?
It’s possible to buy complete tool sets that come well-stocked with basic tools, even a supply of nails, screws and hangers. However, it’s actually more fun to choose individual tools tailored for specific tasks. Build a toolbox over time, and it will evolve into the kind of helpful companion that every homeowner needs.
Many people find great satisfaction working on home projects, but always remember that safety is important. Along with the tools in your box, also include required safety gear; goggles, masks, earplugs and basic first aid supplies. And always supervise children when they pick up their own tools.