Knowing how to fix something is important for every handyman (handywoman), but sometimes just because you have the know-how, doesn’t mean you have the right tool for the job. Purchasing quality tools earlier in life is a sound investment, one that should not be overlooked. Maintaining a properly stocked toolbox with the tools-of-the-trade can mean a world of difference between “Yeah, I know how to fix that,” and “Yeah, I can fix that.”
Here are 10 Tools Every Handyman Should Have (aside from a heat gun of course, which, if you can’t tell, we’re pretty big fans of):
1. Claw hammer: An essential piece of craftsmanship that comes in handy in all kinds of situations. From driving nails to demolition, a sturdy 16oz. hammer is a necessity.
2. Flathead screwdriver: Flathead screws are the grandpappy of fasteners. Not only do they come in handy when tightening and loosening flathead screws, but in a pinch they can be used for scraping, prying, and so on.
3. Phillips Head screwdriver: You knew it was coming, didn’t you. Perhaps even more essential than the flathead, the Phillips Head (invented in 1936) revolutionized the world of construction and DIY. This baby will come in handy in countless ways. A must in every toolkit. (Combine #3 and 4 and just get a set of various sizes, you won’t be sorry).
4. Vise Grips: AKA locking pliers, these suckers will get so much use that if you are ever in a situation where only vise grips will do, you’ll probably just quit and move on. There is no substitute for vise grips.
5. Needle-nose pliers: Great for use in electrical work or in tight spaces. They are durable and useful for many applications. Make sure you get the ones with the wire-cutting blade near the handles.
6. A socket wrench (set): If you don’t own a ratchet set, stop reading right now and go get one. From installing a ceiling fan to removing an oil pan plug to you name it, a ratchet set is indispensable in your toolbox.
7. Tape measure: A 16′, locking tape measure will save you more trouble than you can imagine. Pick one up, you’ll thank yourself later.
8. Utility knife: Probably not the most exciting tool on the list, but you’ll be grateful that you had one when you did. Scoring plastic? No problem. Cutting linoleum? No problem. The utility knife is solid tool to have around.
9. Cordless drill and extra bits: People underestimate getting one of these when they are starting out, and we understand that, some of the good ones are a bit pricey. But trust us when we say, you need this. Everyone needs this. A cordless drill is a time-saver you don’t want to live without.
10. Handsaw: Don’t be fooled by technology, a handsaw is an important tool to own. There will be times that a circular saw or a reciprocating saw are just too harsh, and only a handsaw will do. Don’t be without one.
Honorable mentions: a level, WD-40, duct tape, electrical tape and a stud finder.
For more information on what tool you need for the job, don’t hesitate to contact us.