25 Must Have Tool Box Essentials

Every home should have a basic toolbox! Whether you are just starting out on your own, or you have been a homeowner for some time, tools play an important part in maintaining the home. Perhaps, your child just purchased his-or-her first home and you are seeking a list to create a toolbox as a home warming gift.


Putting together a home’s basic toolbox does not happen overnight. It’s perfectly acceptable to add items when you can afford to and opt for quality over quantity. Investing in quality tools will last a lifetime for most homeowners compared to inexpensive tools that will break needing replacement tools.





What goes into a basic tool kit?

Toolbox – When choosing your toolbox, select one that is sturdy and has adequate space for your tools. Most toolboxes on the market come with a variety of compartments allowing you to organize your tools.

Claw Hammer – This is the most versatile hammer. It also be used for driving nails and removing them.

Adjustable Wrench – An adjustable wrench has a jaw that can be adjusted to any size, making it suitable for just about any job around the home. These fit nuts, and bolts of various sizes.

Locking Pliers – This tool is a multipurpose tool. It has size-adjustable jaws, which are ideal for gripping nuts, bolts, pipes, and fixtures.

Combination Pliers – This tool you hold to pull, turn, or remove different types of nails. You must grip this tool to use it.

Scraper – A scraper removes loose, flaky surfaces and old decorative coverings such as wallpaper or paint.

Flashlight – This tool is important in any toolbox because it allows you to view under, and in dark secluded areas and provides light shall your power go off.

Pencil – A pencil is an important item in a toolbox, often forgotten because of its everyday use for other projects. A pencil allows you to make accurate marks when measuring.

Nail Set – A nail set pounds in nails below the surface making nailing an easier task.

Awl – An awl marks and starts nail or screw holes and detecting studs or blocking in studwork. It also detects joists in ceilings.

Flat Head Screwdriver – A variety of flat head screwdrivers should be in any toolbox. Flathead screwdrivers enable you to deal with a large variety of slot-headed screws.

Cross-headed Screwdriver aka Phillips – Along with the flathead screwdriver, a variety of cross-headed screwdrivers should be in any toolbox. These allow you to deal with a large variety of cross-headed screws.

Electrical Detection Screwdriver – This is a combination screwdriver. It has a slot-headed screwdriver end with a power detector. It also has an indicator light located in its handle.

Utility Knife – A utility knife is a sharp knife used for precision and general cutting purposes. The blade of a utility knife will need replacing. Purchase extra blades for the toolbox.

Handsaw – A handsaw can be used for cutting a wide variety of different materials. The handsaw is one of the most versatile members of the saw family and fits inside most toolboxes.

Electrical Tape – When it comes to electrical projects, one needs electrical tape. Electrical tape is used in many electrical tasks.

Teflon Tape – Teflon tape is used on threaded pipe connections to prevent leaks. It’s lightweight, thin and essential for plumbing projects.

Junior Hacksaw – A junior hacksaw is used and designed to cut through metal, and a variety of other materials. This small saw is fine-toothed and fits in most toolboxes as well.

Hardware – Any toolbox needs a selection of hardware including nails and screws in various sizes. This allows you to have a range of choices available to you ensuring you have the right size for any project.

Mini Level – A mini level is smaller than the standard sized carpenter’s level. It provides horizontal and vertical guide lines, and allows you to level a large variety of materials and projects. A mini level fits inside a standard toolbox compared to the Carpenter’s level, which is too large for most portable toolboxes.

Tape Measure – A tape measure is essential when you want to make accurate measurements. Tape measures are retractable and lockable.

Dust Mask – A dust make is an essential item when sawing or sanding because they prevent you from breathing in harmful substances.

Safety Glasses or Goggles – Any do-it-yourselfer should own a pair of safety glasses. Safety glasses provide eye protection.

Work Gloves – A pair of good quality work gloves protect your hands when handling building materials and using heavy tools. A pair of good quality work gloves will last longer than inexpensive ones and provide more protection.

Calculator – A calculator is always an essential item in a toolbox. Calculators are useful for quantity and measurements calculations.


Enjoy creating your personal toolbox!

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