Have you ever bought tools you know you may never need but they look cool? How about if you’ve just started buying some for home improvement projects? Not sure which ones you’ll need? This article will help you pick out the essential do-it -yourselfer tools you will need.
Its hard to say which tools are the best or most needed, but I’ve broke it down to the most essential 10 tools you will ever need. I always keep one of each in my work pouch and tool box at all times. Opinions may differ, but these are my tried and true favorites that I can’t live without when doing any project from hanging a picture frame to building a home.
1. 20 oz. Hammer
The 20 oz hammer is heavy enough for driving in 12d sinkers and small enough to not dent trim when your nailing finish nails. I have one with a small shank and a rubber inner core to help alleviate shock to my wrist and elbow. Stanley makes a great line of these hammers. These are perfect for anyone from the commercial framer to old lady. Buy one with a straight claw. A curved claw just can’t pry and get into those tight spaces a straight claw can.
2. Cats Paw
No, not a real cat’s paw, a pry bar. It’s perfect for removing nails from mistakes you’ve made and loosening up those hard to get at boards when you’re remodeling. They have many other uses such as holding boards when your just can’t do it by hand.
3. Nail Punch
Essential when trimming and hanging doors. When nailing flush with the head of your hammer is to delicate a job, this is the proper tool to use. Its also good for nailing in corners and cracks you just can’t get to with your hammer.
4. Utility Knife.
Cutting is one of the most common things you can do in home improvement. Opening boxes, shaving off that extra 1/16 of an inch of that board you cut to long, making shims, removing excess material, its use is unlimited to the imagination.
5. Chalk Line
How ever will you get that perfect straight line cut on plywood? With a chalk line of course. It’s perfect for installation of walls, cutting long cuts accurately and it’s even used as a dry line for straightening fascia board and long walls. Flip it over and hang it from a point and it becomes a plumb bob.
6. 4 Foot Level
You can’t possible plumb anything without a level. From picture frames to walls and mailbox posts the level is a must have for all do-it- yourself maniacs.
7. Circular saw
The most versatile of all cutting tools, the circular saw is defiantly necessary for anyone making almost all cuts. From ripping boards to angle cuts and bevels, this saw can do it all. You can even make arches with a little practice. A true “circular” saw indeed.
8. Adjustable Wrench
Also called a crescent wrench, you can tighten or loosen most any nut from its bolt. Its adjustable design makes it fit almost any size nut instantly. No searching for an open end wrench or socket from that vast selection in your tool box.
9. Speed Square
A speed square fits neatly in your pouch and can make every angle cut imaginable. From a simple square cut to a complicated seat cut on rafters, it a very necessary tool to have in your pouch or tool box.
10. 25 Foot Tape Measure
You can’t live without this tool. You’ll need it measure. Need I say more?