Building Your Toolbox

Building a tool kit can be challenging, which is why many homeowners opt to purchase pre-assembled kits. While this may sound like a good idea, often it isn’t, as the tools in these kits aren’t high quality. Get the tools that are right for you by investing in them one at a time. Continue reading to learn which must-have tools should be in your collection.


Hammers are versatile, must-have tools. They can be used to drive and remove nails and even for small-scale demolition. For a basic tool kit, consider getting a 16-ounce claw hammer with a comfortable grip. While it may not be strong enough to break rocks and concrete, it will be suitable for most basic household tasks.

Screwdrivers are Must-Have Tools

No tool kit is complete without screwdrivers. Screwdrivers are useful for many household tasks like tightening knobs on hardware, assembling furniture, installing light switches, and much more. While there are numerous screwdrivers to choose from, having both Philips and flathead screwdrivers of various sizes will be enough for most projects you encounter.

Pliers are Must-Have Tools

Pliers are essential for gripping small objects tightly to manipulate them. Certain pliers can also bend and cut wires. For a basic kit, invest in locking, needle-nose, and tongue-and-groove pliers.

Utility Knives

Utility knives have multiple uses. They can perform several tasks from cutting tape on boxes to cutting carpet to length. Rather than ruining a pair of scissors, put a utility knife in your toolbox for tasks around the home.

Tape Measure

You should never eyeball measurements for projects. Exact measurements will save you a lot of time and money. Get a tape measure that’s at least 25 feet long. You may also want to purchase a smaller, portable model for when you go shopping for furniture and decor.


Levels are must-have tools for various projects. You need a level for small projects like hanging picture frames to large projects like installing cabinets. A level will help you keep everything straight. While there are numerous levels to choose from, simple models with a floating bubble will handle the most basic household tasks.

Nails and Screws are Must-Have Tools

An assortment of nails and screws will come in handy for household projects like hanging pictures and minor repairs. They’re inexpensive and don’t take up much space in your toolbox, so get a few packs of each and you’ll have them when you need them.


A flashlight is one of the must-have tools for a basic tool kit. While a smartphone flashlight is helpful for general purposes, its light is insufficient for projects being completed in low light conditions.

If the lights go out unexpectedly and you’re using your phone, its battery will eventually run out. Get an LED flashlight to use during power outages so you won’t have to worry about the charge depleting.


Lastly, you’ll need somewhere to store all your tools. While you can store them in a drawer, a toolbox will hold all your tools in one central and portable place. Start with a small and inexpensive toolbox, and consider upgrading as you add more tools to your collection. Don’t forget to put your tools back in your toolbox after using them so that you always know where to find them.

There are numerous tools available, but for most basic household tasks, the nine tools above are must-have tools you should include in your tool kit.

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