One of the best housewarming gifts a new homeowner could receive is a basic toolbox for DIY projects. Stock it with easy-to-use tools and a selection of helpful items even a novice can use to make small repairs, troubleshoot potential problems and perform simple tasks. Think about jobs such as hanging art without damaging walls, or replacing doorknobs, rather than more serious renovation projects.
Stocking such a toolbox can be painless, with a little advice from a local hardware store, or a trip to a big box store. Consider the following:
Planning and Measuring Aids
- 25-foot tape measure
- Small speed square
- Torpedo level
- Carpenter's pencils
Simple Hand Tools
- Two hammers, a standard clawfoot, and a smaller ball peen,
- A standard screwdriver and a Phillips; or a single screwdriver with interchangeable heads. Additional sizes and types can be added, as a need arises. A battery-operated screwdriver might be helpful for some tasks, but is not necessary in most cases.
- Sheetrock knife with retractable blade
- A small punch
- Pliers, both standard and needle-nose
- Heavy-duty scissors, or lightweight wire cutters
- An adjustable wrench
Nice to Have
- A chalk box
- A basic set of Allen wrenches
- A small saw
- A glass cutter
- Knee pads
- A notebook and pen, for sketching ideas or making shopping lists
- A set of goggles
- Disposable breathing masks
- Heavy-duty rubber gloves
- W-D 40, Brasso, and basic cleaning supplies; along with a supply of rags
- A basic first aid kit
Keep Tools Organized
Whether the plan is to present a basic tool kit to a new homeowner, or you're outfitting a handy tool kit for yourself, a convenient tote is essential, so that tools don't simply get lost in a drawer. Lightweight canvas totes are convenient for Most Riversong home repair needs, and they require little storage space.
However, a plastic tackle box, a vintage metal lunchbox, or a versatile handled tin container can work equally well. Graduate to a larger, more permanent tool kit as your needs change, but retain the portable tote for tackling smaller jobs, and for ease of transporting needed tools to the work location. Take proper care of the tools and the basic kit should meet home repair needs for years.