If you like to repair things around your home or apartment, then you need to have some basic tools available in your toolbox. I’m a DIYer and I have my own DIY toolbox with all the necessities. You don’t need to have everything but having these will make the job much simpler. Even things as simple as Velcro can make a job easier. Lisa Hoover wrote a great article which lists all of the DIY uses for Velcro.
Velcro is one of the handiest tricks around for home improvement and decorating projects. It’s available at big retail stores, small craft stores, and even at some grocery stores. It’s cheap, comes in several different colors, and is available in sheets, squares, strips, and dots of all sizes. Velcro is very strong, yet removes easily from most surfaces (test first in an inconspicuous area). To use, just cut it to the size you need, peel the paper backing off both sides, and stick in place.
So let’s go ahead and stock the DIY toolbox and don’t forget the Velcro.
A great thing to keep handy is a multi-function screwdriver that has several different tips that are stored in the handle. In addition, you should have a set of Phillips and slotted-head screwdrivers and a set of small screwdrivers. Each set will come with different sizes for different jobs.
Another necessity for the toolbox. I like to keep a large one, 12 ounce, for heavy jobs and smaller one for simple jobs.
Adjustable pliers which are great for working on plumbing and in tight spots like under sinks and in cabinets.
An adjustable wrench for use with nuts and bolts. This is essential in the toolbox since it is used for tightening and assembling.
At least a 10 inch level, preferably longer, is needed for hanging items on walls in order to determine if they are straight. You will need this to hang things such as curtain rods, pictures, shelving, etc.
A small utility step ladder is good to keep around but a regular step ladder (8 foot is the preferred) is a necessity in order to reach high places for doing things such as changing light bulbs, painting, even changing curtains. It’s much safe to use a ladder than standing on chairs.
- Caulking Gun – this along with a spare tube of caulking is good to have around for those unexpected times when you discover something needs to be sealed such as windows or doors.
- Utility Knives – along with extra blades for heavy duty cutting. Make sure to purchase the retracting kind which is much safer.
- Hot Glue Gun – great to keep in your toolbox along with glue sticks.
- Vise Grips – otherwise known as locking pliers. I use this as a third hand sometimes.
- Tape Measure – every home and DIY toolbox needs a good tape measure.
- Yard Stick – this is best if it is 36 inch metal yard stick. This will even guide you when cutting a straight line.
- Goggles, dust mask and ear protection – always a must for safety and you never know when you may need them.
- Drill – this is a must and the cordless are easy to use.
- Jig Saw – in my toolbox, this is a must. I have made many things using a jig saw and a piece of wood.
- Sponge Paint Brushes – cheap, disposable and easy to reach for when needed for touchups.
- Cordless Screwdriver – not a necessity but is nice to use as long as you have it charged.
- Sand Paper
It a must in my house that I have my own toolbox that no one else touches so that when I find something that needs to be done, I can get right on it. It’s a habit for me to scour the discount stores for tools in search for something new and inexpensive. Many times my husband comes to me for that needed tool that can be only found in my DIY toolbox. Do you like to DIY and have your own toolbox? Go ahead and share it. I might be missing something important.