No matter how handy you are, everyone needs a few tools for a little self-sufficiency around the apartment or house. As the weather continues to warm up, we always get inspired to do more around the house and garden. Right now, Georgia is sanding doors for a new coat of exterior paint and building window boxes for some miniature boxwoods that will serve as a privacy screen. We’ll show you the results when they’re done to give you some ideas! In the meantime, get a basic tool bag and fill it with these must-haves. You will begin to collect extras as you take on various home decor and craft projects. The following is everything you’ll need to create an Essential Home Toolbox per G’s recommendations, so you can get working on all of those Pioneer Skills and DIYs.
Electric Drill with Drill Bit Set
Although you might find a drill intimidating at first and think you can go without it for a while or try borrowing one when needed, sooner or later, most handy people will need a drill—and after getting one, find it irreplaceable, cutting your work time down and making you so much more efficient.
Trust you’ll eventually need to smooth something out and you’ll be glad you have some. A block of wood comes in handy to wrap the sandpaper around and give you a better grip.
From making sure furniture will fit in a room to measuring windows for blinds, you’ll definitely need a measuring tape a lot.
Flathead and Phillips Head Screwdriver
Everything from prying the lids off of paint cans to opening battery compartments, screwdrivers are must-have tools, and when it comes to the must-have screwdrivers a flathead and Phillips head are necessary.
This one is pretty obvious, but no toolbox would be complete without a solid hammer. Make sure it is fairly heavy, the light dinky ones don’t usually give you the weight you need to hit nails.
Nails (an assortment of lengths and thicknesses)
Make sure you have plenty!
Screws (an assortment of lengths)
Also, have plenty of these on hand, you will use them more than you think. Especially once you get the hang of a drill.
Everyone prefers to have their pictures and shelves hung straight, so stop guessing and get yourself a level. A gallery wall with crooked pictures just isn’t okay.
You just know you’re going to need it at some point.
Pliers and Needle-Nose Pliers
You can fix everything from a necklace to more and they also come in handy many ways around the house and in the garden.
Every body drops a plate or mug every down and again. But that’s nothing a little crazy glue can’t fix.