Whether you rent or own a house, or you’re living in an apartment, condo or treehouse, a good set of basic tools is absolutely a must-have. And the good news is that you don’t have to go out and drop a load of cash on a fancy tools to fix most things around the house. In fact, it’s best to start with the basics, focus on selecting high-quality tools, and add to your collection as needed for projects.
Our go-to guy Chris from The Home Depot Community Forums put together this short video to show you the essential tools that should be in every do-it-yourselfer’s tool box. Certain tools, like a good hammer, screwdrivers (slotted and Philips head) and a solid pair of pliers are no-brainers.
His list also includes other things you may already have in your tool box (or drawer) such as a measuring tape, a level, work gloves and safety goggles. And, for MacGyvering your way through the most unexpected of repair jobs, he recommends having a pen or Sharpie to use as a marking tool, masking tape and a utility knife on hand.
Here are a few suggestions we came up with to add to Chris’ list:
• A 3/8-inch socket set
• An LED headlamp (keeps both hands free to tackle repairs)
• Super glue (’nuff said)
• Zip ties (if duct tape won’t hold it together these will)
• An old toothbrush (for detail cleaning)
If you can think of anything we left off the list, don’t hesitate to leave us a comment!