We need tools in our daily life to build or repair things. Sometimes, however, it is difficult to know which tools we actually need for the job.
This is why, to make your lives easier we have listed 32 essential and inexpensive tools that everyone should own.
1. Flathead Screwdrivers
This is a universally used tool with a wedge-shaped flat tip.
They might not be able to tighten your relationship with your ex, but they sure can tighten all loose ends of your drawers, cupboards, basically anything!
2. Phillips Head Screwdrivers
If you ever buy furniture from IKEA, I promise you, you’ll need one of these babies. These have a cross-head screw design and are super handy.
3. Claw Hammer
Instead of buying different kinds of hammers, just buy a claw hammer, which can be used both to drive nails into and pull out of things.
4. Tape Measure
A measuring tape is a must in every household. It is like a flexible ruler which can measure distance and height.
5. Assorted Wrench Set
Get crescent wrenches which are like adjustable spanners, thus making it easy to be used with different sizes of fastener heads. These can be really helpful during mechanical work.
Socket Wrenches are good too and are often included in a set of wrenches.
6. Needle Nose Pliers
These are both holding and cutting pliers used by electricians, artisans, and mechanics. These help to cut wires and bend them. They come in various sizes and are not expensive at all.
7. Cordless Drills and Bits
Life becomes 20 times easier for anyone who owns a cordless drill. You will be saving tons of money by not calling someone every time you need to drill something on your wall.
There are great quality cordless drills available on the market and on drillanddriver.com, which are powerful as well as light weight.
8. X-Acto Knife Set
They are used to meet miscellaneous cutting needs. These are lightweight with fine point sharp blades which can cut through plastic, paper, foam, cloth, or even cardboard.
If you live in a country where it snows most of the time, you cannot possibly survive without a shovel. Not only that, it helps you with digging, lifting, and moving bulk materials, such as soil.
Owning one of these will automatically give you a mechanical advantage. These are used for cutting metal sheets, but can also be used for various other reasons.
Working at night? Power went out? What else would bring light to your life other than a flashlight?
12. Hand Saw
If you are interested in carpentry, or say your kids need help with their project, these can help cut wood into tiny little blocks. Or however you like it.
Better safe than sorry, am I right?
While working, you must wear hand gloves, so that you don’t chop off your fingers or get electrocuted.
Stock your house with little bottles of different kinds of adhesive. You never know when you might need it.
Oh, one must have top-notch product is Gorilla Glue. You’ll be amazed by its bonding strength.
15. Glue Gun
If you like DIY crafts, glue guns are going to be your best friend. Not only that, these little monsters can glue almost anything together. Except your broken heart, of course.
Let’s just say, you can’t survive in this world without scissors. Get them.
17. Electrical tape
These are not like your regular scotch tape or duct tape. These are pressure-sensitive and are used for electrical purposes. It’s more like an insulating tape.
18. Duct Tape
If you need a really sticky tape, this is the one for you. These are so sticky that they can hold your life together. They are also resistant to weathering.
19. Pry Bars
It can be used the same way as a crow bar, but these are usually smaller and have a flattish iron bar. These are generally used to force apart two objects or even remove nails.
20. Spirit Levels
Don’t go drilling holes through your wall to hang a picture without levelling it first. This device will help you determine whether a line is actually straight or not.
Wait, you know what? Don’t buy it, get a levelling app on your phone instead.
21. Zip-it Tool
Say goodbye to your worst nightmare; putting your fingers down a clogged drain.
Just stick a Zip-it tool down your drain and pull it up. Soon you’ll see the hair and other things come up with the tool and will clear the drain. Eww.
22. Jump Starter
Got a car or a motorcycle? Then you never know when you need this precious device.
The battery of a vehicle often gets down if you don’t use it for a while. So, this can help give a kick start to your car’s battery by charging it in just a few minutes.
How can you own a car and not have a jack? Ever heard of flat-tires? These will come to the rescue when you need to change your tire. So, please buy it.
24. Pick Axe
Love gardening? Then these T-shaped hand-tools will be super helpful to you. Pick axes are generally used for prying and can break rocks and concrete and hard soil. This is also a favorite tool among builders!
Digging the ground to plant your favorite trees? You’ll need a spade.
These come in various shapes and sizes, so you can choose depending on your digging needs.
This is a great tool to pour liquid into a small opening. So, can be very helpful to pour oil into your car’s engine.
These little things can clog any hole. It is a great way to fix plumbing problems or water pipe breaks. Just use playdough and block every hole in the world.
The cheapest way to fix a clogged toilet is a plunger. Just push in and out vigorously, keeping enough water to cover the bowl and it will work like magic. Every damn time.
29. Open Ended Spanner Set
Remember crescent wrenches? These are the same as those, only less expensive and less heavy.
Open ended spanners don’t have an adjustable head, but they do come in different sizes which makes it easier to use. Just buy a set of these. It’s quite cheap.
30. Saw Tooth Hanging Hooks
If you want to hang something on your wall without drilling, you can buy hanging hooks. These have a very strong adhesive grip, but will not damage the wall.
You can hang mirrors, paintings, anything you like without worrying about it falling down.
31. Bungee Cord
These are usually made of elastic materials and can be used to tie things together while carrying somewhere, like luggage or other equipment.
32. Extension Ladder
Do you usually have a hard time reaching the top of the shelf? Then we recommend buying an extension ladder.
These are aluminum ladders with slip resistant feet. You can find various sizes available, and because they can be folded, it will not take much space.
With this list of tools, you will be ready to take on any DIY project and help your family with their electrical, mechanical, building, or even plumbing needs.