A well-equipped home tool kit is not just for weekend warriors and do-it-yourself types. Hanging a picture, tightening a cabinet door, or assembling a Swedish-built cabinet are all moments when one might reach for a tool kit. If your toolbox consists of duct tape and a hammer, a quick, inexpensive trip to the local hardware store can save you lots of time and headache later when you need your tool kit.
Essential Components of the Home Tool Kit
- Hammer – The hammer is the most used tool in any home. Choose one that feels comfortable in your hand and is light enough that you can use easily.
- Screwdrivers – While fancy ratcheting screwdrivers are comfortable, the plain old inexpensive ones work just fine. Make sure you have at least one flat head and one Philips head on hand.
- Nails and Screws – Of course, you’ll need these to go with the first two items on the list. Since these are inexpensive, choose a few sizes to have on hand for various projects.
- Measuring Tape – Alongside the hammer, you’d be surprised how often you’ll use this tool.
- Drill – Drills are versatile tools and useful to hang pictures or tighten screws. Decide whether your preference is cordless or corded.
- Duct Tape – Yes, duct tape does have a role in a well-stocked tool kit.
- Utility Knife – This will not substitute for a saw but small cuts and simple adjustments can be performed easily with this small tool. A box cutter would also work well here.
- Protection – Safety goggles and work gloves offer essential protection from flying debris and hand or eye injuries.
Feel free to add other fun items you find during your stroll through the hardware store. You may never be ready to remodel your entire kitchen, but the right tools will provide you what you need to keep your home in great condition.