Whether you’re 25 or 75, having a properly kitted out toolbox is not only convenient, it might as well be a necessity. With the right tools, you can do almost anything, from building a cabinet to fixing your adorable niece’s old bike. You can also save yourself time and money by getting the job done yourself, and revel in the satisfaction knowing that you are equipped to take on any handy problem life might throw at you. Building up a properly outfitted tool kit can be expensive and overwhelming if you don’t know where to start, so here are the 5 pieces you need to get you well on your way to becoming the ultimate Mr. Fix It.
This one is a pretty obvious choice, because hammers are extremely useful for decorating, repairing, building, and even small demolition jobs. A solid 16 ounce hammer is a good starter hammer as it’s heavy enough to get the job done but not heavy enough to weigh you down during a project. Go for a hammer with a long lasting synthetic handle as wooden ones are easily broken.
A Phillips head screwdriver has a four star point at its end that fits into the corresponding screw’s shallow, cross-shaped depression. This allows you to apply more torque than you could with a flathead screwdriver, for instance. Phillips screws have basically replaced flathead screws, so make sure you have a good set of them in varying sizes.
A flathead screwdriver has a single blade that fits into the single slot of a flathead screw. Your dad probably had a few of these when you were growing up. As mentioned above, even though they’ve been largely replaced by the Phillips screwdriver, flatheads are still great for prying, nudging and scraping things if needs be.
The crescent wrench is an adjustable wrench with a sliding jaw that changes the width of the wrench. So you can use the same tool on different size nuts and bolts. It’s essentially like having 50 wrenches in one and will probably be the tool that you get the most use out of in your kit. For this reason, it’s important that you don’t skimp on quality, so don’t be afraid to go for a higher priced model.
Vice Grip Pliers
These guys are your extra set of hands, as they can lock into place right where you need them most. They are also incredibly versatile tools that can be used as pliers, a pipe wrench, an adjustable wrench, wire cutters, a ratchet, or a clamp. Standard 5-10WR pliers are a good starter model for most stuff around the house and garage.
Things To Remember When Buying Your Tools. Don’t skimp on quality when it comes to the essentials. Be honest with yourself about what you really think you’ll need, and consider renting bigger items you might only use once or twice. Most of all, be patient. Building a good toolbox takes time.