It is always useful to have some basic tools at home to meet certain needs. This is all the more true when one intends to embark on DIY. In fact, whether you are a beginner or experienced handyman, amateur or professional, certain tools form the basis of what a self-respecting toolbox should contain! To meet all your daily needs, let’s take a look at the tools you will need to buy to compose your ideal toolbox.
Which toolbox to choose?
To be able to easily store and transport your perfect handyman’s tools, you will need to invest in the purchase of a toolbox. Here is a quick tour of the models available on the market.
The metal toolbox
The traditional metal accordion toolbox is the benchmark for experienced DIY enthusiasts. Very practical and functional, it offers a large volume and foolproof solidity. Thanks to the fact that it is compartmentalized, your tools are easily stored and accessible while being well protected.
However, it is heavy to transport and remains relatively bulky.
The plastic toolbox
This model declined from the metallic version can also offer a nice storage volume and good compartmentalisation for a softer price and a more easily transportable weight.
On the other hand, its lifespan is much more limited than its metallic cousin.
The fabric toolbox
Light and handy, the fabric toolbox is available in compartmentalized models for easy storage.
On the other hand, its price remains high and it may prove to be less practical to use, in particular for access to the deepest tools.
With what tools to fill it?
Once you’ve purchased your toolbox, here are the main basic tools you will need to equip it with.
The tape measure
With a length of 3 or 5 meters, the tape measure is essential for all your measurements and for taking benchmarks. It is essential for the handyman, but not only, because it is used for many tasks and activities within the house.
The spirit level
This must-have is also a must-buy to carry out all kinds of work. The spirit level is indeed the tool that allows you to check the flatness of your objects and installations, their alignment and their perfect horizontality or verticality.
To cut multiple materials in a single gesture, the cutter is a very useful everyday tool. However, don’t buy just any model, it’s better to invest in a cutter with a locking blade and a non-slip handle for more comfort and safety in use.
Screwdrivers are essential everyday tools. Choose from flat or slotted models and cruciform or cross models to meet all your needs. We recommend that you purchase two to three screwdrivers of each size per model, and consider investing in purchasing a short-handled, flat-shaped, and cross-shaped model for easier access to certain small or constrained spaces.
The hammer is a useful tool. There are different models in several sizes to meet a wide range of needs. If you were to buy only one, we recommend that you choose a small hammer with a nail puller side.
For your daily chores, you may need to cut some objects. For wood, buy a handsaw, and for metals, a hacksaw. If each model is suitable for one material more than others, feel free to test the handling of the saw you want to purchase to verify that it is suitable for your use.
There are many, many types of keys. The adjustable wrench is one of the most essential. It has adjustable jaws that allow it to replace a number of other types of keys.
Allen wrenches, or hex keys, are also very useful. They are used to screw and unscrew assemblies. Buy a set to have several sizes, they will be very useful for you to assemble your furniture and tighten it from time to time when needed.
Pliers are very useful for DIY and for various everyday tasks. The water pump pliers are a must, as are the wire cutters.
To save precious time and save yourself a lot of effort, it is essential to be equipped with a drill-driver. Go for a basic, but solid model. It is indeed important to pay the price not to buy a drill that discharges in just a few minutes.
For optimal use, buy a set of drills of different sizes and suitable for the different materials to be drilled (wood, metal and concrete).
The small hardware store
No toolbox is complete without the little hardware. These essentials are very useful on a daily basis. Screws, nuts, bolts, dowels, nails and spikes should be listed in number and in several sizes in your case to be usable at any time.