The DIYer’s Essential Tools List

Article Posted By: Jae Warren

of The Home Depot

Whether you rent or own a house, or you’re living in an apartment, condo or treehouse, a good set of basic tools is absolutely a must-have. And the good news is that you don’t have to go out and drop a load of cash on a fancy tools to fix most things around the house. In fact, it’s best to start with the basics, focus on selecting high-quality tools, and add to your collection as needed for projects.

Our go-to guy Chris from The Home Depot Community Forums put together this short video to show you the essential tools that should be in every do-it-yourselfer’s tool box. Certain tools, like a good hammer, a set of screwdrivers (slotted and Philips head) and a solid pair of pliers are no-brainers.

His list also includes other things you may already have in your tool box (or drawer) such as a measuring tape, a level, work gloves and safety goggles. And, for MacGyvering your way through the most unexpected of repair jobs, he recommends having a pen or Sharpie, masking tape and a utility knife on hand.

Here are a few suggestions we came up with to add to Chris’ list:

• A ⅜-inch socket set

• An LED headlamp (keeps both hands free to tackle repairs)

Electrical tape/duct tape (quintessential MacGyver tools – don’t forget the bubble gum!)

Super glue (’nuff said)

Zip ties (if duct tape won’t hold it together these will)

• An old toothbrush (for detail cleaning – this, we don’t sell!)

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