Small odd jobs often crop up around the home and therefore it can be a good idea to make sure that there is a well equipped toolbox in the home. There are certain things that should be included in every type of toolbox.
The Minimalist Toolbox
It is said that there are only three things that are really needed in a toolbox and these will solve most issues around the home. These three things are WD40, a roll of duct tape and a vise grip. The vise grip can be used in place of other tools and most things can be held together with duct tape or loosened with WD40.
However, most people would prefer to have a few more tools than this in their toolbox. The good news is that only a few tools are needed to carry out most jobs around the home and a basic toolbox will not need a lot of money to put together.
The Basic Toolbox
There are ten basic tools that should be included in every toolbox.
Screwdriver Set – A screwdriver has so many different uses and different sizes can be used for different things so it is a good idea to have a set. A flat head and a Philips screwdriver are both necessities. Magnetic tips are a good feature to look out for and this can make the screwdrivers easier to use.
Claw Hammer – A claw hammer should be a part of every tool box. The flat end of the hammer can be used to knock pins and nails into walls. The claw end is used to pull nails out of walls. If the hammer has a rubber handle then this will be more comfortable to hold and it can also absorb some of the shock when it is struck against the wall.
Pliers – Pliers can be used in a wide variety of situations and they will be even more useful if they are adjustable. They can be used as an emergency wrench if there isn’t one available as well as a clamp and a wire cutter.
Adjustable Wrench – A wrench that can be adjusted means that there is no need to have several different wrenches in the tool kit. It can be used to tighten nuts and bolts all around the home.
Tape Measure – One of the most commonly accepted rules of DIY is to measure everything twice. This means that no toolbox will be complete without a tape measure. Tape measures with a wider width are easier to use with one hand when they are fully extended and so are often a good choice.
Spirit Level – A spirit level is essential for making sure that things like picture frames and shelves are hung straight. A metal one is usually the best choice as this can also be used as a ruler. Laser levels are becoming increasingly popular as these can be used hands free.
Utility Knife – A utility knife serves a lot of purposes such as sharpening pencils and opening boxes so it should be included in every tool box. Useful features to look at include storage for the blade inside the knife and a rubber handle for comfort.
Flashlight – A flashlight is a useful piece of equipment to have in a toolbox and in an emergency kit. Something else that could be considered is a headlamp as this can be worn while the work is carried out keeping both hands free.
Electric Drill – An electric drill might seem like an extravagant purchase but once this is part of a tool kit people wonder how they ever lived without it. Corded drills are usually cheaper than cordless ones. They can also be used for tasks other than drilling and removing screws such as sanding and grinding so they are a really useful piece of equipment.
Hacksaw – A hacksaw really is an awesome saw. It can be used for a whole range of purposes and if the blades need to be replaced then this can be done very cheaply.
There are other things that should be kept in the toolbox such as pencils, gloves and superglue. Some of these items will need to be replaced every now and again so it is worth keeping an eye on this.