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8 Must-Have Tools In Your Toolbox


Essentially the most essential item to attain before collecting tools or starting out as a DIYer. A decent toolbox is no unnecessary luxury, and won’t cost you an arm and a leg. A decent toolbox will prove to be a worthy investment, so make sure you get one that is big enough for all your tools and is strong enough to stand on.

Small Tools

Basic tools like Allen keys, tape measure, duct tape, pencils and the like are the tools we need often, yet can’t supplement for something else. Using a stone as a hammer works out every now and then, and a knife can replace a screwdriver sometimes, but when there’s no Allen key around, it can leave us feeling foolish for not getting one from the hardware store!



A basic hammer is to a tradesman what a sword is to a knight. You can’t have a toolbox without this guy. A good hammer can last centuries, especially with basic rust maintenance. When you go shopping for a hammer, hold the different ones that you like to feel out which one suits your arm the best.


Unlike a hammer, you’ll need a range of different screwdrivers for their different sizes. Make sure to get both a Phillips and flathead shaped screwdriver. Not only are screwdrivers useful for tightening and untightening screws but they can also prove to be invaluable when opening paints, scraping and levering small items.


A cordless drill, perhaps the most expensive on the list, will prove to be one of the best investments you make for your toolbox and DIY tools. DIY projects will be far easier and you’ll be able to do more of them, including carpentry and installations. On top of that, you’ll also be equipped to drill holes for screws. Make sure to get a variety of drill bits, too.


The type of saw you will get will depend on what kind of work you see yourself doing. There are bow, coping and toolbox saws that prove their greatness with smaller jobs, whereas a jigsaw will bring more power to bigger projects such as line work. Otherwise, if you are making a deck or working on a flooring job, try acquire a mitre or circular saw.

Safety Gear

Not necessarily for the toolbox only, but still essential for your home tool collection. Safety gloves, boots, goggles, earplugs, and masks are critical to work in a safe environment. You’ll want to make sure that the mask you buy is suited for the job you wish to carry out (painting, other fumes, or dust) and that you try the gear on before buying.