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Basic Tools You Need in Your DIY Kit


DIY projects are very popular nowadays. The power of the Internet and sites like YouTube give people the confidence and satisfaction to do any kind of project without the help of a professional. It’s not difficult to start DIY-ing. All you need is a handy dandy toolkit, a bunch of DIY recipes, and a boatload of patience.

Every DIY enthusiast needs their own toolkit. If you’re interested in DIY and you’re wondering what kind of tools you’ll need, read on to know some of the basics you should have on hand.

  • Toolbox

    The first thing you’ll need is a portable toolbox. Your toolbox should be sturdy and it should have enough space to fit your basic DIY tools. To maximize space, pick a toolbox that comes with many compartments. You’ll be able to fit as many DIY tools as you can in one single space!

  • Claw hammer

    A solid hammer is the most basic tool to have in your toolbox. You can begin with a claw hammer and then move on to professional hammers once you start doing more complicated projects. Your hammer should be heavy enough for your basic projects, but light enough for you to carry around. Make sure that the handle gives you a good grip as well.

  • Screwdriver

    There are two kinds of screwdrivers you’ll need: a Phillips screwdriver and a flathead screwdriver. Both screwdrivers will be very helpful to you. The Phillips screwdriver has a four-star point that gives you a steady amount of force on the screw. The flathead screwdriver has one blade that can be used as a tool for prying, scraping, and nudging.

  • Pliers

    The two kinds of pliers you’ll need are slip-joint pliers and needle-nose pliers. Slip-joint pliers are useful because they’re adjustable and handy for basic DIY tasks. Needle-nose pliers are useful when it comes to working with small objects. These pliers can also bend wires and reach for small items. Also, check for padded grips on your pliers.

  • Adjustable wrench

    An adjustable wrench is an essential part of your toolbox because it allows you to change the width of the tool. This way, you can work on nuts and bolts of different sizes.

  • Utility knife

    Also known as a box cutter or razor knife, a utility knife is helpful in cutting or opening cardboard, boxes, rope, electrical wire insulation, rubber tile, and many more items. This tool is useful because it can cut through a variety of materials.

  • Tape Measure

    Every DIY kit needs to have a tape measure. Doing DIY requires accurate measurements which can be achieved with the help of your tape measure. Get a tape measure that’s at least 25-ft with a blade lock. The blade lock ensures that the tape measure doesn’t suddenly slide back inside while you’re measuring your materials.

  • Tape

    Tape is another essential for your DIY toolkit. You should have a roll of masking tape, duct tape, electrical tape, and Teflon tape in your box. Each of these tapes will be handy for any type of DIY project you’ll be doing.

  • Level

    Having a level in your toolkit guarantees that the DIY outputs you hang are horizontally and vertically perfect. This tool is also handy when it comes to building or putting up structures.

Additional reminders for your DIY toolkit

The items on these lists are just the basic tools for starting your DIY toolkit. As your DIY projects get bigger and more complicated, you can start investing in bigger tools such as a paint sprayer, a circular saw, and an electric drill, just to name a few. Besides saving money with your DIY, try to have some fun…practice makes perfect!