At Handyman Hub, we get a lot of calls from people asking for advice on how to make small repairs on their own. While we encourage anyone, who wants to be their own handyman for everyday projects around the home, it is important that you have the right tools to start.
For projects beyond DIY home repairs, reach out to Handyman Hub to schedule for your home improvement needs in the Denver, Boulder, Westminster, Colorado Springs, and Fort Collins areas. We also have craftsmen in Salt Lake City, UT and San Antonio, TX.
Essential Items for a Starter DIY Toolbox
You’ll need both Phillips and Flathead screwdrivers in a variety of sizes. An alternative it to find a multi bit screwdriver kit.
- Electric Screwdriver/Drill
An electric drill can be expensive and is not always necessary for a DIY starter kit. However, if you are doing a lot of home projects, an electric drill or electric screwdriver will save you a lot of time and frustration.
- Tape Measure
A tape measure is a necessity for your DIY toolbox. Choose one that is at least 10 to 12 feet long and that has a locking feature as well as a belt clip.
- Work gloves
Work gloves are yet another toolbox necessity. Even small repair projects can be hard on hands, resulting in blisters, cuts or worse. Protect your hands by keeping a comfortable pair of work gloves in your toolbox. Tip: Work gloves are not one-size-fits all! Make sure your work gloves fit properly to avoid additional discomfort or injury.
- Socket Set
Just like the screwdriver tips above, it’s best to have a variety of sockets in different sizes and shapes. A universal socket or a multi-socket tool with interchangeable bits might be the easiest way to go for this one.
- Utility Knife and/or Pocket Saw
It’s important to note that for larger tools kits for bigger projects, a larger saw will be needed. However, for your basic DIY toolkit, a pocket saw and/or a utility knife will suffice for most smaller home repair projects.
- Lineman Pliers
Lineman pliers are an often-overlooked tool in the stores, but anyone who has one will tell you they use it more often than anything else in their toolbox. These pliers can be used for twisting, holding, pulling, snipping and more.
Clamps are another tool that is sometimes overlooked in stores, but if you have fewer than 4 hands, you’ll need a set of clamps even for smaller home improvement projects.
- Work lamp and/or head lamp
For smaller projects, a headlamp may suffice, especially when you need to see into dark corners of your garage or basement. For larger projects though, or any repair that needs to be done in a darker area with more than just one person, a work lamp is ideal for consistent lighting.
Whether you prefer a classic bubble level or a more modern laser level, a level might come in handy more often than you think.
- Needle nose Pliers and Tongue & Grove Pliers, adjustable
Similar to the Lineman Pliers above, each of these tools will become integral pieces of your at-home toolkit. Make sure you find a pair of each that feels comfortable in your hand and that you can adjust easily.
- Hammers & Mallets
For a DIY toolkit, one good hammer and one good mallet is a good start. For larger tool kits, of course, additional hammers will be needed. When choosing a good all-around hammer, make sure it is heavy enough for a variety of projects, but light enough to use comfortably in small spaces.
- Fasteners: Screws, nails
It’s hard to say which sizes or types are right for your toolkit. There’s no “starter size” for fasteners. Your best bet is to either get an assorted pack with common fastener sizes or measure carefully to decide which size you’ll need for upcoming projects around the house.
- Multi-purpose glues and adhesives
Sometimes fasteners need a little reinforcement, or sometimes projects just call for glue! A multi-purpose glue or epoxy is an important part in any toolkit.
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