Quite possibly one of the worst things ever is finally getting the motivation to tackle that home project you've been procrastinating on before you realize you don’t actually have the tools to make it happen. To avoid this devastating event, there are just certain tools you should have in your DIY home tool kit way before you actually need them. You know, so you’re not running to the store the day of—or worse yet, using it as an excuse to procrastinate further.
Here are the essentials for a basic DIYer’s tool box—because you don't have to call a professional every time:
Though it may seem basic, you'd be surprised to hear how many people actually don't have a hammer in their homes...it's quite a few. When it comes to hanging up picture frames, wall art, and building furniture—anything that requires nails, really—hammers are an absolute necessity. If you have literally nothing else in your DIY tool box, at least have a hammer, please.
Using a screwdriver is essential when putting together practically any item that requires, well...screws AKA building essentially anything made of wood.
Though there are different types of wrenches, starting with an adjustable wrench is particularly useful because it has a moveable jaw that you can adjust depending on the size of the nut or bolt you are tightening or loosening—hence the name. Keep one of these on hand if want to tighten up those wobbly legs on your tables and chairs.
Pliers always come in handy when you least expect them to, allowing for DIYers to hold, pull, and twist stubborn items you probably wouldn't be able to get on your own. They are particularly useful if you are tackling a plumbing project by yourself, but can also be helpful in removing rusted screws or bent nails.
TIP: Try to find padded pliers so your hands don't blister.
Having any plans to take on a building project—such as adding in ceiling beams, crown molding, or other similar tasks—means you'll need to measure angles accurately. To do so, a square tool will help make your life so much easier and results much more precise.
A tape measure is key to pretty much surviving any move, renovation, or DIY project...as I'm sure you know. So even if you aren't planning on starting any big projects, a tape measure is a must. It will allow you to measure spaces so you don't buy furniture, rugs, or even a TV that fits properly into a space.
Should you be planning to screw anything into a solid surface or hang something that's not on a hollow wall, a power drill is a necessity because a screwdriver and screw just won't cut it—excuse the pun, it was necessary.
There are many different types of handsaws, including crosscut saws, coping saws, hacksaws, backsaws, and keyhole saws, but the important thing is to know what exactly you'll be cutting (most frequently) before you choose which one(s) you need in your home. Here's a helpful guide to help you make that decision.
Particularly helpful for hanging things on the wall and making sure they're straight, a level allows you to find the horizontal plane from which you should work without having to eyeball it and fail. If you want the projects you're working on to come out even (ahem, flooring), you need a level handy.
TIP: Having duct tape, safety glasses, and work gloves around the house while you DIY is also a very good idea!
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