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10 Must-Have Tools That Should Be in Your Tool Box

May 15, 2019

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Jesus was a carpenter. And no good carpenter should be without their tools.

Whether you're doing carpentry or DIY in your home, there are some tools that simply have to be in your toolbox.

You may not need them for every job, but you can be sure that at some point, every one of the tools in our list is going to come in handy.

So read on as we take a look at ten must-have tools that you need to own.

1. Hammer

There's no point having nails if you don't have a hammer.

If you're going to own a hammer, then it really needs to be a good quality claw hammer. You can use it for driving nails, which you're likely to be doing a lot. But you can also use it for plenty more, including demolition jobs, or prising open that old can of paint.

And of course, the claw is the perfect tool for removing old nails with ease.

2. Phillips Screwdriver

When it comes to screws, there are two main kinds that you're likely to have to deal with.

Phillips head screws are the ones with a cross on them. They were designed so that the screwdriver will grip the screw firmly in the center. A Phillips head screwdriver is a tool that's going to get a lot of use, so make sure you invest in a good one.

And if you're going to be doing a lot of work with screws, it might be worth investing in an electric screwdriver.

3. Flat Blade Screwdriver

Before the Phillips head screw was invented, pretty much all screws used a single slot.

And there are plenty of these types of screws still in use today. Your Phillips head screwdriver isn't going to cut it, so you'll need to be sure that you have a good flat blade screwdriver in your toolbox too.

This is also another handy tool when it comes to levering open that stubborn paint tin of paint.

4. Electric Drill

Trying to drill through solid material with a hand drill is a total nightmare.

Thankfully, the electric drill makes tasks like this a piece of cake. Most electric drills can drive screws as well as drilling holes, and you can even use special drill bits for things such as sanding and cutting holes.

Cordless drills mean that you can your drill wherever you want without having to worry about needing access to power.

5. Pliers

You'd be amazed at the number of times that a set of pliers are exactly what you need.

From straightening bent pipes to removing tough to grip connectors, snipping wires to getting the cap of that tube of glue, a pair of pliers are incredibly adaptable. If you've not owned a set before, you'll wonder how you ever got on without them.

There are different types of pliers available, so we'd recommend getting a set to cover all the bases.

6. Adjustable Wrench

This is one of the tools that is going to get the most use out of your entire toolbox.

The beauty of the adjustable wrench is that whatever size of pipe or fixing you're working on, you've got the perfect tool to fit the job. Depending on how tough a job you've got to do, you may need to opt for a larger wrench.

The longer the handle, the more leverage you are able to get to finally remove that troublesome nut.

7. Tape Measure

Measure twice, cut once. This is one of the most important pieces of advice when it comes to DIY.

And you're not going to be able to do much measuring without your tape measure. A retractable tape measure is an ideal tool to cover all your measuring needs; it can deal with everything from short to long distances, but barely takes up any room in your toolbox. The hook at the end and the concave shape of the metal mean that it's a breeze to use even if you're working by yourself.

You may need to measure more than just distances if you're working on a construction job. You can read more here about production tracking tools that can really help.

8. Handsaw

The second part of the "measure twice, cut once" rule means that you're going to need a saw.

A good handsaw is another vital part of every good toolbox. The type of saw that you need will depend on the type of job you're going to do, so in reality, you'll probably need a few different saws to cover all the bases.

Backsaws, bow saws, coping saws, and hack saws are great for smaller jobs. If you're going for more serious or intricate jobs, then you made to upgrade to powered saws, such as a jigsaw or a chainsaw.

9. Spirit Level

There's nothing worse than sitting back to admire your handiwork, only to find that the shelf you've just put up is clearly sloping.

Sometimes walls or floors may themselves not be level, and if you use them as a guide, you might end up with stuff rolling off your shelf. A spirit level ensures that no matter how crooked everything else might be, your job is going to be perfectly level.

Add one to your toolbox, or if you want to be really futuristic, use an app on your phone to the same effect. It's probably the greatest spirit since the Holy Spirit!

10. Duct Tape

This last one isn't strictly a tool. But it may be the most useful thing in your entire tool kit.

A roll of duct tape can be used as a quick fix for a whole range of problems that you might face during your DIY. From sealing leaking pipes to holding things in place whilst you screw them in, some good-quality duct tape is pretty much a lifesaver.

And yes, you can even use in on your ducts.

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