W hen it comes to handling things around the house, I’m a hardcore DIYer. I’m willing to try to tackle just about any project. Always have the right tool for the job. If you’re not sure where to start and are just now jumping into the DIY realm, here’s a compilation of the tools I have found most indispensable in my arsenal.
These tool DIY and maintenance must-haves help set you up for success. They are simple tools that are fairly inexpensive yet the key to ensuring your safety, avoiding damage or making mistakes while you work.
The information is the power, “The internet” Especially if you are new to DIY projects, A lot of TV shows and numerous home improvement websites and magazines offer help and tips from the experts or take advantage of the free resources available online to help you figure out the best way to build something, make a repair or master regular maintenance you ‘ve never done before. Recommends watching tutorials and informational videos on YouTube or advice sites like RepairClinic.com to get a better understanding of what you need to do. If you are still nervous about the job after watching tutorials, consult a professional.
Cost: Nothing beyond the cost of your Wi-Fi or mobile data plan.
So, regardless of your reason for taking on a DIY project, you need to be prepared with the right tools. Find your tools chest so you can take on just about any DIY project. Read on for tools every DIYer should have to tackle home improvement, maintenance and crafting tasks. Now a day we ‘ve included a price range for each tool, based on current prices at various home improvement retailers like Amazon and Lowes to help you plan your purchases.
This seems to have all the essentials and, ever-ready, grab-and-go.
1. Safety glasses: that are made to safely eye protection in the right applications. Safety glasses are particularly important when doing tasks that can create debris, like sawing, drilling, spraying paint or using a sealant. Regardless of skill level, eye protection is a necessary part of any project you take on
Cost: As cheap as $1.50, or you can go all out and get prescription safety glasses, which can put you back a few hundred dollars.
2. Tape measure: Whether you’re a newbie DIYer or building cabinets from scratch, using the right tape measure makes all the difference, when it comes to cutting wood for a bookshelf, framing your artwork or simply figuring out what size couch you need for the living room. The measure is crucial to any good design.
Cost: Less than $10.
3. Level: Keep your home from looking like a college dorm room and use a level to hang any wall decor. A level is also an important tool when building or repairing anything that supposed to have a flat surface – a DIY nightstand isn’t quite as nice if your glass of water keeps sliding off a slanted tabletop.
Cost: Free phone apps are available, or you check out torpedo, beam or laser levels ranging from $4 to $30.
4. Drop cloth: Whether you painting, sawing, drilling or gluing, keep your floor or driveway from getting damaged by placing a drop cloth beneath your workspace.
Cost: Use an old bedsheet for free, or invest in a canvas or plastic drop cloth for $7 to $10.
5. Wood glue and other adhesives: Plenty of DIY projects and repair scenarios can be strengthened with a little extra sealant. For wood projects, use wood glue to back up screws and nails. When wood the material you are working with, super glue or all-surface construction adhesive can help get the job done.
Cost: Depending on the type of adhesive, expect to pay $3 to $12.
6. Stud finder: A stud finder is an absolute necessity for finding studs (duh) so you can hang heavy objects, shelves, molding and lots more. A stud finder allows you to find the best possible place to anchor a nail or screw – without worrying whether it will fall off the wall later.
Cost: Depending on the type, it will cost between $10 and $50.
7. Ladder: A 12-foot ladder isn’t necessary if are an apartment dweller who relies on the property manager for most maintenance issues, but a short stepladder can always help you reach the top shelf in the kitchen or get a better angle while hanging wall decor. In a house, a taller ladder can come in handy for cleaning out your home gutters, as well as reaching high-up spots while painting, cleaning or decorating inside.
Cost: Depending on height and stability, a ladder will cost anywhere from $40 to $1,000.
8. Clamp: If you’re building or doing repairs, you can’t ever have too many clamps around. In DIY scenarios where the wood glue comes in handy, you typically want a clamp to help serve as additional security while the adhesive dries. Clamps also help hold wood and other materials together or in place while you are sawing, drilling or sanding and need help keeping the materials steady. You can opt for a simple C-clamp or bar clamp, which will suffice in relatively simple projects
Cost: Expect to pay between $3 and $20, based on the size and type of clamp.
9. Screwdriver: Invest in a good set of screwdrivers to ensure that you’ll always have a strong, appropriately sized and shaped tool for every job you encounter. Screws vary in shape and size, so I recommend checking out a set of screwdrivers with interchangeable screwheads to keep the number of screwdrivers you own down, while still having access to the Phillips head, flat head, Allen wrench (hexagon), Torx drive (star) or Robertson (square).
Cost: Either invest in a set of screwdrivers with different heads or get a multibit screwdriver, which both run from about $7 to $30.
10. Wrenches and ratchets: Whether you are tightening a bolt on your bed frame or building a deck in your backyard, a wrench or ratchet and socket set is a must-have. Like with a screwdriver, I recommend checking out investing in a set to help reduce the total number of wrenches you need and ensure you have the tool for every possible scenario. You can get more than one thing and more than one component, Instead of having seven or eight combination wrenches, you can get one particular tool that has a combination of all those on one assembly.
Cost: Sets of wrenches with additional adjustability typically cost around $20. Ratchet and socket sets typically start at about $15.
11. Claw hammer: A hammer almost seems too simple a tool to have, but you find yourself needing one quite often, whether it’s to hang a calendar on the wall, construct a birdhouse or repair siding on your house. A claw hammer is often the recommended go-to for DIY projects because the backside of the tool also allows you to pull out nails as needed.
Cost: Depending on the brand, expect to pay $5 to $40.
12. Pliers: You may need help pulling something apart or holding it in place while you apply an adhesive – and pliers are an effective tool in both cases. Some pliers are specially designed to help cut or strip wire as well, which helps if your project requires some basic electrical work. In such cases, always have the power turned off and call a licensed electrician if you are not sure what you are doing.
Cost: Pliers range from $9 to $40.
13. Utility knife: You could be opening a package you got in the mail or cutting dowel rods that don’t quite require a saw, but having a utility knife specifically for home improvement purposes means you don’t have to ruin your kitchen knives to complete simple projects.
Cost: Utility knives range from $5 to $45.
14. Handsaw: For a bigger cutting project, have a handsaw ready. This is one tool you want to have your safety glasses on hand for, along with gloves to protect your hands. Before getting started, mark the wood or material you are cutting with a pencil and straightedge to ensure you cut along a straight line.
Cost: Handsaws run between $9 and $25, so there’s no need to break the bank.
For some projects, you need a bit of additional power behind it. Enter the motorized tool. If you are going to be in an apartment or condo we’re going to be smaller projects, I don’t think power tools are going to come into play. But if you’re a homeowner, or you are in the home, you are probably going to want to start getting familiar with some of that.
15. Drill: As you get into more skilled DIY projects, you’ll likely need to use a drill to put holes in wood, masonry, plastic or other materials. I far prefer a corded to a cordless drill, both for power and ease of use. Different drill bits are used for different scenarios, and most good DIY tutorials will tell you which one to use for setting screws or creating a clean hole. Like with a saw, always use eye protection.
Cost: Cordless power drills run between $50 and $130.
16. Sander: When building a bookshelf or giving your current one a makeover, sanding is a key step before the staining or painting phase. A sander takes a painting or staining project from time-consuming to convenient. Many DIY bloggers recommend a 5-inch orbital sander, as it's relatively easy to handle.
Cost: A sander will likely cost between $40 and $70.
17. Nail gun: This handy little brad nailer from doesn’t use a big air compressor, which makes it super easy to grab it and go. When your DIY skills are more advanced, a nail gun might be the tool to help you up to your game. Like with a sander, a nail gun makes the time-consuming process of hammering nails happen in a fraction of the time, though it requires a certain level of caution and some more money.
Cost: Expect to pay $80 to $650 or more, depending on the type of nail gun you select.
18. Circular saw. Allowing you to make quick and accurate cuts time and time again, these saws are an efficient way of cutting timber It can be to cut the beams or to cut corners and holes in the middle of the wood without touching the edges. Saws are also one of the most dangerous power tools out there because of the sharp blades and the shear power they have.
Cost: As low as $39 or as high as $500.
With so many great tools out there to choose from, finding the right one for you and for your projects is going to take some time. These simple tools are an important part of being able to make small, straightforward repairs at home, whether you live in an apartment, condo or house. Every DIYer needs a good purpose toolset.
Read reviews and make sure any hand tool you purchase is exactly what you were looking for. Rushing out and making a purchase can leave you very disappointed. That having the right tool for the job is a huge time and frustration saver!