25 super tools essentials for your toolbox (tools and materials)
25 must-have items in your toolbox
A collection of basic tools for jobs around the house is something everyone needs. Just take a peek inside your toolbox to check what might be missing or what needs replacing. In case you do not have a tool kit yet, now’s the moment to make one. Check our list with 25 toolbox essentials to get the DIY job done.
1. Claw hammer
Probably one of the most widely used tools in the world. The opportunities to use a claw hammer are endless, from simply hanging a frame to building a house. A claw hammer has two purposes: the hammer side pounds in nails, while the claw can help pull them out.
2. Drilling hammer
When a sledgehammer is just to too much a tool for the job and your claw hammer cannot fix it, use the drilling hammer. This heavy hitter - with a range from generally one to five pounds – is a fine choice for stamping metal and light demolition work.
3. Adjustable clamps
A clamp is a versatile device that is used to secure wood and other materials while working on a DIY project. Consider adjustable clamps as the extra arms you do not have. They are your best toolbox friends while waiting for the wood glue to dry.
4. Angle grinder
Consider the angle grinder a tool every handy worker should own. This handheld power tool is used for a variety of metal fabrication jobs that include cutting, grinding, deburring, finishing and polishing. Most angle grinders are powered by electricity - either corded or battery powered.
5. Cable ties
Cable ties were originally invented for use in the aviation industry to solve the problem of bundling the hundreds of feet of wiring. But nowadays cable ties are virtually everywhere – from racing car engines to tool sheds. It is amazing how many uses you will find for cable ties.
6. Circular saw
A must-have tool for you tool collection, although a bit intimidating for those who have never used a circular saw before. The toothed blade spins quickly to cut through the hardest materials, but is mostly used for cutting wood. A circular saw - powered by electricity - is versatile, making it applicable in different situations.
7. Adjustable wrench
An adjustable wrench - also known as crescent referring to the tool company who patented the design in 1915 - is an open-end wrench with a with a movable jaw, allowing it to be used with different sizes of fastener heads, rather than just one fixed fastener size. An adjustable wrench just makes you DIY-life a easier.
8. Allen keys
Allen keys or hex keys are simple tools used to drive bolts and screws with hexagonal sockets in their headers. The tool is bent in an "L" shape with unequal arms and usually held and twisted by the long arm, creating a large torque at the tip of the short arm. Tip! When you add them to your tool collection opt for the ones with the giant handles at the top. These designs will be easier to find in your toolbox.
A chisel is a classic woodworking tool with a characteristically shaped cutting edge on its end for carving or cutting hard material such as wood, stone or metal by hand. A chisel set that contains an assortment of sizes and shapes is the best choice for your toolbox.
10. Aviation snips
Also known as compound snips are ideal for cutting aluminum and sheet metal. The bright colors of the handles are not just for decoration. Yellow handled snips are for cutting in a straight line. Green handled snips are designed to make straight and right (clockwise) cuts. Red handled snips cut best straight and to the left (counterclockwise). Get yourself the right pair for the job!
Ever tried to cut through a thick tree branch with a handsaw? Remember your muscles screaming? Here is where the chainsaw shows its purpose. Gas or electric, it does not matter. Both of them will get the job done in a minute. Please remember to put your safety first when using this power tool!
12. Duct tape
Duct tape is commonly used in situations that require a strong, flexible, and very sticky tape. Although popularly used in duct work – hence its name – the possibilities with duct tape are endless. You can use this tough tape to temporary repair small tears or holes, waterproof an object or secure items. Duct tape is a very versatile and useful item to have in your toolbox.
13. Bench vise
When working with wood a bench vise is a convenient tool. It can be mounted to your workbench to sturdy and securely hold whatever material you are working with.
14. Caulking gun
You need a caulking gun to get the caulk out of the tube and it will also help you regulate how much caulk is released at one time. A caulking gun is a tool that holds a tube that is filled with material used for sealing up gaps and cracks. With a universal design, this tool accepts high-capacity tubes of 10oz.
When it comes to inspecting things, a flashlight is the best way to discover problems concealed under the cover of darkness. Just not seeing what you need to see will surely not improve the quality of your job. Work in full brightness all the time.
16. Measuring tape
A handy worker without a tape measure is like a blindfolded DIY-er. Do not guess, always measure. It will save you a lot of time and energy. Just get in right on the first time!
17. Screw drivers
Screw drivers are so common that you probably never thought of the idea that without them, it would be virtually impossible to use screws. As there are numerous types of screws, there are also loads of different types of screw drivers. Using a screwdriver most efficiently, make sure the tip of the screwdriver matches the type of screw you are using.
18. Tongue and groove pliers
Tongue and groove pliers are used for turning and holding nuts and bolts, gripping irregularly shaped objects, and clamping materials. It is also possible to rotate objects while keeping them in one position. A tongue and groove plier is also known water pump plier. It does not matter how you call them; the tool is extremely versatile and useful as it is able to grip and clamp.
The original WD-40 Multi-Use product has over 2000 documented uses according to the official product website of its US manufacturer. From removing rock solid rusted old bolts to making squeaks go way, WD-40 truly is a must-have miracle worker for everyone. Or a as the Duct Tape guys say: You only need two tools in life: Duct tape and WD-40. If it’s not stuck and it’s supposed to be, duct tape it. If it’s stuck and it’s not supposed to be, WD-40 it.’
20. Staple gun
A staple gun - a powered stapler – is a handheld machine used to drive heavy metal staples into drywall, wood, plastic or masonry. A well-equipped toolbox should contain a staple gun as this tool is used in a number of home improvement projects, such as securing insulation or upholstering fabric.
A prybar - more commonly known as a crowbar - is a simple looking tool, which can be used for lots of things. The metal road features two flattened ends with one curved side. A prybar - what is in a name - can be used to pry open objects or separate tightly fastened pieces.
22. Spirit level
A spirit level measures whether an object is completely horizontal or vertical. All spirit levels, no matter their size and shape, have small liquid-filled vials with bubbles that will help you measure how flat your object is. From sloping shower floors to putting a frame perfectly on the wall, with the spirit level you can fix it.
23. Utility knife
A utility knife is often called a Stanley knife - after the brand. The utility knife can be used endlessly. Think of making quick cuts in a cardboard box, trimming carpet down to size or slicing out window caulking. Juist now and then pop in a fresh razor blade and go on!
24. Cordless drill
With one push of a button, you can turn a complex job into a quick task. The convenience of the rechargeable batteries makes it possible to use the power drill anywhere. Drive screws neatly into most surfaces or use attachments as hammer drills helping you to hammer screws into tougher surfaces.
Last but not least! To keep all your tools safe and secure you will need a proper toolbox. You will find portable solutions and large sturdy wall chests available in our store. No matter how many tools you own, at our store we have the storage solution which suits you best.
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