Homeowner's Toolbox - The Basic Tool Kit Essentials

Everyone needs a tool kit.  Whether you’re a college student living in your own place for the first time, or a homeowner living out your retirement - you should have a tool kit.  You can complete basic handyman tasks, so you aren’t calling in those expensive professionals to help you out. Let’s build you the perfect basic tool kit.  Ready?

First of all, you need somewhere to store all of your shiny new tools. This AmazonBasics Small Tool Bag is inexpensive, durable, highly-rated, AND has lots of pockets, nooks and crannies to store tools.

Now, let’s create a basic tool kit!

  • Claw Hammer: Stop using your wife’s high heels to pound in nails! Get a claw hammer that has a 16-inch covered (vinyl, rubber, etc.)  handle and weighs around a pound. You’ll use this for pounding in, and pulling out nails for a myriad of tasks.
  • Flashlight: Any good emergency kit will have a flashlight - but that light should stay there.  Designate your basic tool kit with its own flashlight. These are great for seeing better in small spaces that you have to work in. 
  • Tape Measure: Is that door the proper size? Will the couch fit through the doorway?  Should I get a bigger picture frame? These are all questions that can be answered with a standard tape measure.  They come in sizes ranging from ½” - 1”, but the best size for a basic tool kit is ¾” wide and 16-feet long.
  • Screwdriver: This all-around tool is a basic tool kit must-have. You’ll need a set of different sizes flat and Phillips head screwdrivers. Magnetic tips really help hold onto the screw, so you aren’t dropping it over and over. 
  • Wrench: Grab an adjustable crescent wrench. You’ll be able to move the size of the opening, and won’t need to weigh down your tool bag with multiple wrenches. You’ll use this for small plumbing or piping jobs, and loosening nuts and bolts.
  • Knee Pads: From deep cleaning chores to laying new tile in your bathroom, every basic tool kit needs a good, comfortable pair of knee pads.  Ogre Shield knee pads are water-resistant, lightweight, and come in hard or soft shells.  Plus, they strap around the calf for optimum comfort and circulation!
  • Level: Levels are great for hanging items on the wall, and being sure they are straight. From shelves to TVs and picture frames, you’ll be glad to have a level on hand. Laser levels offer hands-free handymanning, and if you’re super tech-savvy, you can use the virtual level found on some apps!
  • Electric Drill: Cordless drills might be intimidating to the not-so-handy folks, but they sure are useful! A basic tool kit needs an electric drill to help drive screws, drill holes, mix paint or concrete, twist wires and a ton of other great uses.  In fact, Bob Vila has an awesome electric drill uses list to check out.
  • Utility Knife: How often do you grab a butter knife to rip open a cardboard box?  Or, you might use one end of scissors to saw through a small piece of wood. Knock it off!  Get yourself a utility knife that has built-in blade storage and a covered handle.  
  • Hacksaw: The C-shaped hacksaw gives you more control when you’re cutting through wood, plastic, or metal. You’ll want one with easily replaceable blades, so you can hack away without the worry of breaking it.
  • Gloves: A pair of thick, shrink resistant, flexible work gloves can save your delicate hands from nasty callouses. You want them to be easy to move in and work in - so stretchable spandex with leather or synthetic leather are the perfect glove for every handyman task.

Now that you know what to put in your basic tool kit, you’re ready to start tackling those handyman tasks around your home! As new household issues come up, you may find more tools to add to your bag. This should give you a pretty good start, though!