Make Sure You Have These Essential Items In Your DIY Toolbox

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Are you held back from DIY projects because you simply don’t have the right tools to tackle them? You aren’t alone! Building out your toolbox can be a big task — and expensive, too. But this list breaks it down from the basics you absolutely need to the more advanced options that will let you complete bigger projects.

The Basics

Even if you don’t plan on doing any DIY projects, everyone should have at least a flashlight, a vise grip (adjustable pliers), duct tape, a hammer, a pipe wrench, and a can of WD-40. If you have these things, you’ll be able to fix most small repairs around your home.

Level Up

This next level of tools unlocks even more home projects like hanging your own pictures/art and many other common jobs around the house.

  • Adjustable Crescent Wrench
  • Tape Measure
  • Level
  • Utility Knife
  • Hacksaw

Intermediate Toolbox

This list includes upgrades of many tools from the previous levels, often expanding them into sets or niche variations.

  • Stud Finder
  • Ratcheting Screwdriver
  • Socket Wrench
  • Allen Wrench
  • Putty Knife
  • Chisel

Power Tool Basics

If you’re looking to electrify a few of your tools, these are the essentials that you should start with.

  • Electric Drill
  • Sawzall
  • Orbital Sander
  • Staple Gun
  • Nail Gun
  • Impact Driver

If you’re buying tools in this category, you have just about everything you need to work on many DIY projects, like furniture restoration or building. You’ll want to have paint stripper, liquid nails, a few types of nails and screws, and the supplies to paint and stain materials for these projects.

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Advanced Saws

When you’re ready to spend a bit more money on your tools, these saws are worth the investment.

  • Table Saw
  • Miter Saw
  • Circular Saw
  • Jig Saw

A table saw is usually the best starting choice for most people, but it really depends on the kind of projects you’re looking to tackle. Other miscellaneous but helpful items include a step stool or ladder, extension cords, and a workbench.

April 26, 2021
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