Do you always have to rush to your nearest home improvement store each time you need to get some handy-work done around the house? Having the right tools for a job is not only more convenient but makes DIY jobs much safer. These mad dashes can be avoided by having a collection of tools for every job. The question is, which are the essential DIY tools to buy?
- Duct Tape
This is a no-brainer. Duct tape can be used as a quick fix for just about any surface. You can use it on window screens, plastic hoses and metal pipes.
- Caulk Gun
You can opt to buy it in a tube or a gun. A tube will be cheaper but a gun will allow you to block moisture and seal leaks more easily.
You’ll definitely want to pull out a nail or hammer one in at some point. Get a hammer with a claw end and a rubber grip.
You should always have a flashlight at home – in fact, make that several. You never know when the lights will go out and you have to find something in the dark. Get a traditional 2 battery flashlight.
Get a ladder. You can use it when cleaning out your gutters or windows. You can also get a short step ladder for your indoor needs.
You can forget about crookedly-hung photos once you get a level for your DIY projects. You can opt for a 4-foot metal level or go for a laser level for hands-free leveling.
- Hand Saw
Buy a crosscut saw for small DIY projects like cutting 2X4s. This type of saw produces smooth edges without much effort.
Need to work with bolts, wires and screws? Pliers provide the perfect grip and allow you to cut and bend wires with ease.
This is a must have in any home. Plungers come in handy when you need to fix a clogged toilet or sink. Get two plungers (one for the toilet and the other for the sink) and you won’t be needing a plumber every time there’s a blockage.
- Impact Driver
You will need an impact driver to drill holes and fasten screws with speed. It will come in handy when you’re working with wood around the house. You can get one from $90 up to $300 depending on the features.
A pair of goggles will help protect your eyes when you’re cutting objected, sanding or mixing chemicals. This is one of the essential DIY tools.
- Staple Gun
Get a heavy-duty staple gun. It only costs about $20 and will help with a wide variety f tasks including upholstery, crafts and even roofing.
- Utility Knife
This is great for when a pair of scissors won’t do. You can use it to open boxes, sharpen pencils or cut a rope. Get one with a replaceable blade and a rubber handle for good grip.
- Putty Knife
A putty knife will come in handy when you want to caulk or plaster. It can also be used for removing glue residue, scraping off old paint, prying up can lids or nails, removing wallpaper or cleaning paint smudges.
- Stud Finder
Need to anchor cabinets, shelves or a TV to the wall, then you will definitely need a stud finder. You’ll avoid the hustle of making haphazard holes on the wall when trying to find a sturdy piece of wood.