Every man and woman, regardless of living situation or field of interest, should have a set of basic tools at home. Yes, there’s TaskRabbit and contractors-for-hire, but you’re going to have to hammer a nail, tighten a screw, or put together a piece of IKEA furniture on your own at some point, whether it’s due
Every man and woman, regardless of living situation or field of interest, should have a set of basic tools at home. Yes, there’s TaskRabbit and contractors-for-hire, but you’re going to have to hammer a nail, tighten a screw, or put together a piece of IKEA furniture on your own at some point, whether it’s due to an emergency or just general time and budget constraints.
However, if you are unfamiliar with the best tools for everyday tasks, going into a Big Box hardware store and hoping to narrow down aisles of options into a handful of essential tools may be overwhelming. And it’s all too easy to walk away with a bunch of widgets you don’t need. Fortunately, we are here to assist.
We consulted with some handymen and women to compile the ultimate list of tools that every man should own. The gang is all here, from measuring tapes to power tools.
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Tool Box (Including Crescent Wrench, Vice Grip and Screwdrivers)
Keeping everything organized and in a toolbox will save you a lot of time and frustration when you need to find something specific. As a father, I believe that when your children reach a certain age, you should give them a basic tool kit with a toolbox as a gift — a good one with a crescent wrench, vice grip, a set of screwdrivers with magnetic tips (Phillips, Flat Head, Square Head, Star Head, and so on), and other necessities.
Cordless Power Drill
Possibly the most useful and versatile tool ever created. Aside from screwing things together and apart, it can also be used to drill holes through a variety of materials, mix paint and stains, and sand inside small spaces. When you purchase the drill, you should also purchase a case of various screw tips to ensure that you are prepared for the majority of your home projects.
Headlamp or Durable Flashlight
A HUGE percentage of repairs and projects in the home or apartment takes place in a small, dark space. Being able to see is essential whether you’re working under the sink, in a crawl space, or in a closet.
(This will also come in handy when trying to untangle a tangle of cords behind your TV!)
Aside from opening packages and removing tags, a utility knife is useful for trimming and cutting wires as well as scraping metal and rust. Furthermore, the old removable blades are excellent for scraping paint and spilling off glass and flooring.
Set of Pliers
Pliers with a needle nose, a straight handle, a tongue, and a groove I recommend a small and large of each, and the possibilities are endless with them. But don’t skimp on the pliers; you get what you pay for. Longer handles and harder steel mean a better grip, greater strength, and a longer lifespan.
I don’t think I need to explain why here, but everyone should have a level. Aside from leveling, it also works well as a straight edge for cutting and drawing lines.
While it may appear simple, a good hammer is one of the most important tools to have in your arsenal. When looking for a good hammer, avoid lightweights. Choose a hammer with a good weight to it. Although a heavier hammer is more difficult to lift, it provides more driving force with each swing and requires less effort on your part.
Another extremely useful tool is a good pair of electrical pliers. It is not uncommon for a drywall job to quickly turn into an electrical job or to have some kind of overlap where you will need to access the inner workings of an electrical outlet. Electrical pliers make it simple to perform quick repairs on electrical items while remaining productive.
A high-quality screwdriver set or multi-tip screwdriver is essential. A solid screwdriver set can be used almost every day from adjusting cabinet doors and building IKEA furniture to replacing batteries in toys and electronics.
Laser Tape Measure
When you don’t have someone to hold the other end of the tape, a laser tape measure makes measuring a breeze. It also stores measurement data, preventing the measure, takes note, measure again…’ monotony that can occur when using a standard tape. It’s a great resource for projects big and small, from hanging a picture to measuring for a new addition.
When it comes to home electrical work, you should always proceed with caution. The voltage tester is a small, simple tool that can be used to determine whether power is flowing towards or through an outlet, light switch box, or ceiling lightbox.
This is a tried-and-true tool that everyone should have in their toolbox. You can’t get the job done without proper measurements and calculations, whether you’re determining whether or not your furniture will fit into your space or doing custom carpentry work in your home. A mismeasured material will cause errors in the project, which will cost you, even more, to correct in the long run.
You want to invest in long-lasting tools. You might be surprised if you go with a low-cost purchase because you don’t think you’ll use them much. Quality tools should last a long time and assist you in getting the job done quickly.
You can’t go wrong with adding wrenches to your list of tool essentials, whether for tightening, loosening, or getting a good grip.