To the inexperienced, your tool box will begin with a small investment as you do not posses the knowledge, skill, or safety training to use some of the larger tools. As your experience and comfortability with tools grow, your projects will likely increase in size and difficulty, requiring more advanced tools.
This means there is no need to rush out and purchase every shiny tool you come across at your local hardware store. Total Restore has made a list of must-have tools for the beginner skill level that will be sufficient for almost any home improvement project you take on.
Of course this is a list of tools, not materials. Various construction materials will be required depending on your project (drywall, nails, screws, paint, 2×4, etc.).
- Toolbox– Last thing you need to do is purchase new tools because you have misplaced or lost your current tools. Purchase a toolbox and always be sure to return all tools to their rightful place after you’ve completed your project. This will make finding your tools much easier.
- Hammer– A nail without a hammer is useless. Hammers allow you do drive nails into surfaces and pull them out if need be. Hammers can also be used in demolition projects, especially when you need a good whack. Total Restore recommends a 16 oz smooth faced claw hammer.
- Screwdriver set– Screwdrivers are good for tightening/loosening screws and opening paint lids. This might not seem like a lot, but take a second to consider all the items around your home that are held together by screws; the list includes furniture, outlet covers, almost all knobs and handles around your home, cabinet hardware, etc.
If you would like to save some space, multi-bit screwdrivers might be your best friend. They come with a single handle and multiple bits that can easily be interchanged throughout your project.
- Tape measure– Precise measurements are a must. Tape measures can help you by measuring the surface area of your walls during a painting project, making precise markings when repairing drywall, or even when you want to measure the thickness of lumber at a hardware store.
- Flashlight and level– The reason we’ve bunched these together is because times have changed. Chances are you won’t be needing a heavy-duty flashlight that can blind a deer from a mile away. Technological improvements have led to most smart phones being equipped with a flashlight and a level. Once your projects start increasing in size and difficulty, it is recommended that you do purchase a standard level and flashlight. Total Restore recommends purchasing a flashlight that you can hold and set down/hang up somewhere.
- Adjustable wrench– Nuts and bolts, your home has a lot of them. Total Restore recommends an adjustable wrench instead of a wrench kit.
- Utility knife– Look at the heavy-duty pencils that some contractors carry around.; chances are, they’ve been sharpened on-site with a utility knife. These are safe and sharp knives that can be used anywhere from marking/shaving wood, to cutting drywall and opening tough packages. Since the blade is stored inside the handle, the chances of accidentally hurting yourself are minimized tremendously. Not to mention blades are very easy to change and the rubber grip around the knife allows for great……grip.
- Pliers– Used for getting a grip. Pliers are great tools for straitening/bending material, getting a grip on something your hands cannot, and cutting wires.
- Putty Knife– Makes drywall repair very easy and quick. Putty knifes can also be used to scrape things such as paint or wallpaper.
- Paint brush/roller/tray– Tread carefully when painting, it’s not as easy as one might think; certain environmental factors like humidity can completely ruin a paint job. Also, after you’ve completed or chosen to stop painting for the day, make sure to thoroughly clean off the rollers and paint brushes. Take care of your tools and they will take care of you!
- Handsaw– Perfect for beginners. While power saws get the job done quicker, they’re much more dangerous, they’re harder to drag around, and they usually require a power source. Start yourself off with a light and mobile hand saw, perfect for quick cuts.
- Tape– You can fix a lot of things with duct tape. Be sure to also have electrical, plumber, and painter’s tape in your toolbox.
Every homeowner needs these few basic tools around their homes for quick repairs or even DIY projects. The alternative? Call a handyman and pay their fee.
Why not take some time to learn a new skill? It might be a challenging process, but the result will be very worth it.
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