Unsurprisingly, the list varies depending on the size and scale of the project at hand. You’ll have a different set of tools for home maintenance than you would for heavy-duty construction. However, some essential tools are common to many types of work and can be found in most hand tool sets for all kinds of DIYers. Here’s a list of the must-have basics.
You’ll need this for pounding nails, hanging pictures, and a variety of other tasks. You can also use it as a makeshift weapon or a combat tool in case of an attack.
This set includes various wrenches used to loosen, tighten, adjust, and fix nuts and bolts. A wrench can be made from almost anything you can find around the home.
These are used for turning bolts, gripping small objects, or bending nails. You’ll want to have several sizes at different lengths to accommodate various tasks. Needle-nose pliers have extra fine tips, but you’ll still want regular pliers. They’re used for holding and bending small wires, moving and handling tiny objects, and a variety of other tasks.
Most saws are used for cutting wood. However, you can use one to cut through other materials as well. For a hand tool set, you’ll want a saw with power and manual (hand crank) options.
These are used for turning screws of different sizes and types. You’ll need flat head and Phillips head screwdrivers for most projects, with a few specialty varieties thrown in for good measure. A magnetic tip screwdriver comes in handy for those hard-to-reach places.
Also known as tin snips, these are used to cut metal objects such as metal pipes or sheets. You’ll also need a pair of shears and/or a wire cutter for cutting wires.
This is a good tool for cutting wood alongside your power saw. It’s also helpful in removing clogs from plumbing pipes, cutting wires, and other tasks.
This tool combines some of the best features of a hammer and drill. It combines the rotating bits of a drill press with the pounding power of a hammer. Because its design allows it to apply more force than an ordinary hammer, you can use it for drilling materials that are harder than wood, such as concrete, rock, and metal.
This saw is used for cutting curves and other shapes that can’t be made with a straight edge. It’s often used in cutting wood but can also cut through other materials. Like a hacksaw, you’ll need a pair of shears and/or a wire cutter to handle the wire.
You can use clamps to hold down materials while you work on them. You’ll need different sizes for different types of work. Spring clamps are helpful for temporarily holding things together, while C-clamps are better for more permanent use. Bar and pipe clamps are used for large, permanent jobs such as woodworking or heavy-duty construction.
This tool is used for applying caulk to drywall. However, it can also apply various other materials such as adhesives or sealants. You’ll also want a tube of joint compound and liquid nails because they’re handy for other types of woodworking projects.
Sometimes called vises, these tools hold parts while you cut or drill them with your particular tool. They’re essential tools to have on hand because they can save you time and aggravation in many types of work. You can also use them to hold items while you work on them safely.
These are just some of the tools you’ll want on hand for home DIY projects, but it doesn’t hurt to ensure you can reach them all easily. You don’t want to waste time by having to go looking for any particular tool or item because you need it during a project. This problem is easily avoided with the right tool set for DIYers.