16 Essential Tools For A Basic ToolKit Set


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You might have just acquired your home or considered DIY repairs and maintenance to save money. But whatever the case, having a basic toolkit will be beneficial. We’ve compiled a list of essentials for the typical homeowner.

Although it’s unnecessary, invest in high-quality tools because they’ll work better and last longer.

What should be in your basic toolkit box is as follows:

  1. Hammer – A 16-ounce, rubber-grip claw hammer with a fiberglass frame is the most adaptable. It’s comfortable in your palm and easy to pull out nails with.

IRWIN Hammer, Fiberglass, General Purpose, Claw, 16 oz. (1954889)
  • Forged steel head for superior durability
  • ProTouch grip for maximum comfort even after prolonged use
  • Smooth face leaves fewer marks on surfaces
  • Fiberglass construction absorbs vibration and reduces fatigue
  • Hybrid handle design is rounded for more comfort and fit with a curved base to prevent slippage and a hardened end cap

2. Screwdrivers –  Without a Philips screwdriver with its distinctive crosshead tip and a flat-head screwdriver, which can be used for everything from fixing electrical faceplates to removing paint can lid, no toolbox would be complete.

3. A cordless drill – This battery-operated device can replace the screwdriver. IKEA furniture requires very little time to assemble; compared to a conventional screwdriver, it’s far faster and more effective.

DEWALT 20V MAX* Cordless Drill/Driver Kit with Screwdriver/Drill Bit Set, 100-Piece (DCD771C2 & DWA2FTS100)
  • DCD771C2 drill/driver is compact, lightweight and fits into tight areas
  • Drill/driver high performance motor delivers 300 unit watts out (UWO) of power ability completing a wide range of applications
  • 100-Piece accessory set features some of DEWALT's most popular bits that cover an array of uses
  • Accessory set includes Impact Ready, Tough Case, and Pilot Point drive and drill bit sets

4. Pliers – Get locking pliers (also known as vise grips) with “jaws” that change to the right size for gripping bolts and fittings and needle-nose pliers, which can cut and bend wire and reach into awkward places.

KNIPEX Tools - Cobra Water Pump Pliers (8701250), Red,10-Inch
  • Precision Grade Performance Tools
  • The Number 1 Choice Of Tradesman Worldwide
  • Comfortable In Use And Quality Assured Design
  • Fit To Match The Needs In The Shop, At Home Or In The Service Field
  • Each Tool Is Proven And Tested For Durability And Function In Real World Use And Conditions

5. A telescoping wrench –  Tighten nuts and bolts with a crescent-shaped adjustable crescent wrench.

Crescent 11" Automotive Wrench - C711H
  • Made by the world-famous Crescent brand
  • Smooth jaws don't mar sensitive fasteners like chrome and Brass fittings
  • Wider jaw capacity than traditional pipe wrenches
  • Large capacity 3", 76mm jaws grasp onto a wide range of fasteners easily
  • Slim profile head design allows better access to tight areas

6. Utility knife –  Choose a blade that retracts and integrates storage. The blade must retract so you won’t get cut when you reach inside your tool bag. It can also rip through drywall, break up old carpets, and slice open cardboard boxes.

OLFA 9mm Precision Utility Knife (XA-1) - Multi-Purpose Retractable Precision Knife w/ Fiberglass Reinforced Handle & Snap-Off Blade
  • Preloaded with an 9MM ABB Black Snap-Off Blade with 13 razor-sharp snap-off segments.
  • Features a fiberglass-reinforced handle with wraparound rubber grip comfort and control.
  • Includes a Built-in Blade Snapper for safe and easy tool-free blade replacement on the go.
  • Great for cutting paper, cardboard, packaging, shrink wrap, caulking, foam board, molding, and more.
  • Pairing your OLFA 9mm Utility Knife with OLFA 9mm Blades will provide optimal results.

7. Level –  The expert advises purchasing a torpedo level 9 to 10 inches long and helpful in setting wall art, large, modern appliances like a washing machine, fixtures (doors, cabinets), and fixtures.

Stabila STB196E-2-120P 120cm Electronic Spirit Level IP65 Rated
  • Combines the advantages of the Type 196-2 spirit level with electronic measuring technology and two digital displays.
  • Two optimally legible digital displays in every working position — illuminated at the touch of a button.
  • Audible inclination guide with three different signals.
  • Angle transfer with reference angle mode.
  • Extra-rigid rectangular aluminium profile with reinforcing ribs.

8. Multipurpose tool This versatile tool may serve as a putty knife, scraper, hammer, nail puller, and hole enlarger, living up to its name.

LEATHERMAN, Sidekick Pocket Size Multitool with Spring-Action Pliers and Saw, Stainless Steel with Nylon Sheath
  • Your sidekick: A clean and versatile multitool that fits in your pocket and has all the features you need to get projects done
  • 14 tools in 1: The Sidekick is equipped with 14 tools, including knives, pliers, screwdrivers, wire cutters, bottle and can openers, a file, a saw and a ruler
  • Our guarantee: We’re proud to stand behind every product that leaves our factory in Portland, Oregon; That’s why we offer our 25-year warranty, so you can be confident your Leatherman lasts a lifetime
  • One-hand access: Enjoy a mix of outside-accessible blades you can open with one hand and rounded handles that make gripping the spring-action jaws easy and very comfortable
  • Always on hand: Its compact size and lightweight design makes it easy to slide into a sheath or your pocket; Alternatively, attach your Sidekick with its integrated lanyard ring

9. Chisel – A masonry chisel is required for tasks like cracking bricks and removing broken tiling, whereas a wood chisel is used to trim off wood from doors for hinges. The most adaptable chisels have a width of one to two inches.

Narex Bevel Edge Chisel Set with Wooden Handles, Set of 4 pcs
  • Blades are made from highly alloyed Cr-Mn steel, hardened up to Rc 59.
  • Meets DIN 5139 requirements.
  • Handles are ergonomic with oval cross-section.
  • Blade sizes: 6 mm (1/4"), 12 mm (1/2"), 20 mm (13/16") and 26 mm (1 1/32").
  • Made in the Czech Republic.

10. Awl –  This is what you would use to identify wall studs and mark holes in drywall.

GEARWRENCH 4-1/2" Awl - 84003H
  • 9.5" overall length for reach
  • Use as scratch awl or hole punch
  • Blades are securely fixed in the handle so they do not twist during use
  • Ergonomic tri-lobe dual material handle provides the optimal balance of strength and efficiency
  • Oil and solvent resistant handle provides a longer tool life

11. Measurement tape –  This will come in handy more often than you imagine whenever you need to take an exact measurement.

Get one that locks, extends to 16 feet, and has sixteenth- to eighteenth-inch increments, The most adaptable tape measure is 3/4 to 1 inch broad.

12. WD-40 –  One of the many applications for this spray lubricant is “unsticking” metal, such as that on a door hinge (no more squeaking!), and cleaning hands of oil-based paint.

WD-40 Multi-Use Product with SMART STRAW SPRAYS 2 WAYS, 8 OZ [2-PACK]
  • Drives out moisture and quickly dries out electrical systems to eliminate moisture-induced short circuits
  • Acts as a corrosion inhibitor to shield against moisture and other corrosive elements to prevent rust
  • Frees sticky mechanisms, loosens rust-to-metal bonds and helps release stuck, frozen or rusted metal parts
  • Removes grease, grime, gunk, gum, tar, sap, super glue, sticker residue, and other sticky stuff from multiple surfaces
  • Lubricates moving parts such as hinges, wheels, pulleys, rollers, chains, and gears

13. Duct tape – What could be disliked about duct tape? You can reassemble your car with it! For domestic use, the strong tape can reinforce windows during a severe storm or stop a leak in a water hose.

Gorilla White Duct Tape, 1.88" x 30 yd, White, (Pack of 3)
  • Tripler Layer Strength: Toughest White Tape available; sticks to smooth, rough, and uneven surfaces

14. Light source –  When you come upon a dark attic, crawl space, or other location requiring more light, you’ll be happy to have this in your toolbox. The article suggests using an LED flashlight. It’s pretty bright and has a low battery drain.

Streamlight 69140 Vantage LED Helmet Mounted Flashlight, Black
  • Rotates 360 degrees on clamp; Bright blue tail light LED
  • On/off switch operates with heavy gloves on; Attach or remove in seconds with no tools
  • Clamps on above or below helmet brim; Bulb: LED; Finish: Matte Black
  • Output (lumens): 115; Power Source: CR123A Lithium, x 2; Switch: Dual-Direction On/Off Switch
  • Streamlight recommends the use of Streamlight, Panasonic, Sanyo, or Energizer CR123A or Duracell 123 with it's non-rechargeable lithium battery products.

15. gloves – masks, and glasses Including safety tools in your toolbox will help you prevent injuries. You will need safety glasses and dust-protection masks if you plan to sand.

Raven Powder Free Nitrile Disposable Gloves 7 Mil - XL Latex Free, Chemical + Puncture Resistant, Textured Grip, Single Use for Automotive, Industrial, Janitorial, MRO, Food Service 66519
  • STRENGTH AND DURABILITY: An all-time classic and favorite for automotive, industrial and MRO applications, the Raven 7 Mil Powder-Free Nitrile Gloves outperform the competition with their superior chemical resistance, puncture resistance, and dexterity. Whether working on a car engine, painting, or fixing a plumbing problem, these no-latex nitrile gloves will help get you through your task.
  • SUPERIOR LATEX-FREE NITRILE: Perfect for cleaning, food service, and many kinds of MRO, the Raven Disposable Gloves are made of latex-free, allergenic, powder-free nitrile which is known to be 3x-5x more puncture resistant than latex and strong enough to even protect from blood-born pathogens—making nitrile the preferred exam glove choice in the healthcare industry as well.
  • BUILT FOR TOUGH JOBS: The Raven Powder-Free Black Nitrile Gloves are 7 millimeters thick for premium hand protection and textured for enhanced gripping power to confidently last through even the toughest jobs—from maintenance, industrial, and janitorial to automotive, refinishing, and machining.
  • SANITARY SINGLE-USE GLOVES: SAS prioritizes safety above all else, and we designed the Raven Series with hygiene in mind. Crafted with superior proprietary materials, these go-to single-use, disposable, ambidextrous nitrile gloves are available in an economic box of 100 count for ultimate worry-free sanitation.
  • WHEN PROTECTION COUNTS: At SAS Safety Corp., we dedicate ourselves to protect our most valuable resource: people. Our expansive product line of powder-free gloves in nitrile, chloroprene, and latex offers exceptional protection for professionals, multi-markets, and the DIYer across the spectrum of environments and industries.

Gloves are essential for moving large, sharp objects, working with masonry or cement, or performing other heavy-duty tasks.

15. Toolkit box –  Experts suggest a portable, tough tool bag to store the equipment rather than a rigid box. It can expand like a suitcase and accommodate additional items. If it doesn’t fit in a toolbox, it doesn’t fit; look for a tool bag with pockets and compartments on both the inside and the outside.

There won’t be enough room in one bag to carry everything you need, so it would be best to keep a backup bag nearby.

Goodyear, 13" Small Tool Box with [Removable Side Comportment], Plastic Box with Handle, Tool Organizer Storage Box, Removable Inner Tray, Lightweight & Easy to Carry, Mini Toolbox
  • 13 INCH TOOLBOX - Designed to be strong and sturdy with a removable inner top tray, this durable plastic toolbox is ideal for storing and organizing everything you need to hand, from tools to hardware and fixing, tackle and bait, hobby or craft supplies.
  • DOUBLE LATCH CLOSURE - Keeping your tools safe and organized is of utmost priority, which is why we have featured a double latch closure on the Goodyear toolbox. This easy to open and close closure keeps your tools firmly closed away when not in use.
  • DURABLE QUALITY PLASTIC - Our toolbox is a piece of your tool kit that will be well used, which is why we have used only durable quality plastic in the manufacturing process. This compact toolbox is the perfect size for organizing your most tools.
  • REMOVABLE INNER TRAY - Inside this toolbox there is a removable top tray which slots perfectly into the top section of the box. This tray is used for holding smaller items such as screws, nails, bolts, rubber bands, beads, craft supplies, hooks and more.
  • EASY GRAB CARRY HANDLE – having your toolbox ready and prepared for your next DIY or home improvement job is key and we know that our customers love to just ‘grab and go!’ Now you can effortlessly take your toolbox with you everywhere.

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