You have a bright and shiny new toolbox and you look like a pro - what should you put in it? Decide what your budget will allow you to get and begin with the basics.
Things You'll Need
- Measuring Tapes
- Utility Knives
- Phillips Screwdrivers
- Adjustable Wrenches
- Combination Squares
- Coping Saws
- Drill Bits
- Jewelers Screwdriver Sets
- Keyhole Saw
- Needle-nose Pliers
- Nut Drivers
- Slip Joint
- Slotted Screwdrivers
- Tool Chests
- Variable-speed Drills
Start with a pair of safety glasses or goggles, and wear them whenever you do any job that could result in bits of solid or liquid material flying into your face.
Look for a good-quality 16-oz. claw hammer.
Pick up a utility knife and extra blades.
Find a good tape measure - at least 12 feet, but preferably longer.
Stock up on tapes: duct, electrical and plumbing.
Outfit yourself with a set of pliers, including at least one set of needle nose and possibly a set of vise grips.
Stick a flashlight in your toolbox.
Consider several types of wrenches, depending on the kinds of projects you'll be doing. An adjustable wrench is a must, and a crescent wrench comes in handy. Allen wrenches are useful too.
Locate a good level and a 12-inch square.
Think about the types of saws that you might use: keyhole, coping, hack, hand.
Get a good set of screwdrivers, both standard and Phillips. Also look at a set of nut drivers and maybe a set of jeweler's screwdrivers depending on the detail of your projects.
Get drill bits that will fit your drill.
Finish up with assorted hardware that will always come in handy - washers, nuts, bolts, screws, nails.
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