Storage and organization tools
As you build your tool supply, you need a place to store everything. Here are some options.
- Industrial shelving: These are perfect for your garage and will stand the test of time. Plus, it will keep your tools and supplies off the ground, so you don’t need to worry about damages, accidents, or flooding.
- Toolbox: Having a small toolbox with a comfortable handle will easily carry your tools around the house.
- Wall organizer: If you don’t have the space for shelving, consider a wall organizer, you can hang your tools and supplies on it.
- Screw and nail holders: You don’t want a bunch of loose screws, bolts, or nails rolling around. Go simple and put them in glass bottles or baggies, or get a storage kit.
Standard home repair tools
Now that you have your storage set, it’s time to invest in some basic tools to help you get your projects done.
- Drill: Having an electric or battery-powered drill makes tackling projects so much easier. Add a few drill bits for common needs, and you’re good to go.
- Hammer: A comfortable hammer is another must-have tool for your shed or garage. Make sure to pick one with a claw to remove nails.
- Tape measure: A tape measure will help you measure everything from appliances to your garden plot. A 25-foot one should cover you.
- Screwdriver set: Get yourself a good quality screwdriver set with Phillips and flatheads in a couple of different sizes.
- Set of pliers: Another vital set of tools for your home are pliers. In most cases, a set with needlenose, locking, and combination pliers will cover the majority of your needs.
- Hex key set: If you order new furniture for your home that needs assembly, a sturdy set of hex keys is invaluable.
- Wrenches: Wrenches can help you fix leaky pipes and assemble furniture, so grabbing a few in standard sizes is a must.
- Level: A basic level with a floating bubble can help you ensure projects and pictures are good to go.
- Nails and screws: Getting an assortment of nails and screws can help you take care of most basic projects.
- Utility knife: A heavy-duty utility knife can cut through everything from boxes to duct tape, hoses, and carpeting.
Safety tools and supplies
It’s always better to be safe than sorry. So make sure you have this safety gear in your toolkit.
- First aid kit: Every home should have a standard first aid kit on hand.
- Fire extinguisher: While you should keep one in your kitchen tool, having an extra extinguisher is never a bad idea.
- Goggles: If you’re going to be doing more advanced home repairs, have a pair of these on hand to protect your eyes.
- Work gloves: From gardening to cleaning out the basement, a heavy-duty pair of work gloves always come in handy.
- Flashlights: Adding a couple of heavy-duty flashlights or lanterns to your tool supply will help if you lose power and give you more light while working on projects.
Miscellaneous tools and supplies
A few items don’t quite fit into a specific category but are just as vital for homeowners. Here they are.
- Extension cords: You can never have too many feet of extension cords in your home to help power up your projects.
- Ladder: A standard 6-foot ladder will ensure you can reach those high cabinets, change bulbs, or install new lighting. For outdoor work, go for an extension ladder.
- Sledgehammer: If you plan on doing extensive demo or renovation work, a sledgehammer can come in handy.
- Plunger: You’ll never be more thankful you have a plunger on hand than the moment you need one to help drain nasty clogs.
- Clamps: Having a couple of clamps on hand will help you secure items on woodworking or furniture repair projects.
- Duct tape: It never hurts to have a few rolls of duct tape for quick emergency repairs or closing boxes.
- Frame hanging kit: If you plan to put artwork or mirrors up in your home, having a frame hanging kit can save you a lot of time.
- Workbench: If you have space in your garage or toolshed, a workbench can make finishing projects a snap. If you don’t, workbenches that convert into sawhorses are an option or two sawhorses and an MDF wood top can work too.
Now you’re ready to get to work on all those DIY projects.
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