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Whether you’re a man or a woman, you’re gonna need some trusty tools if you ever hope to be a DIYer. Consequently, tools are also great to have around during emergency situations, as they may offer a fix to keep you out of a jam. This is especially true for people who drive a lot. Tool boxes are cheap, and they’ll fit most of the tools listed below, and the other tools listed likely come in their own boxes/carrying cases. Here are 12 tools everyone should own.

12. Claw Hammer

Let’s begin with the most obvious tool in every tool box. A quality claw hammer will cost you very little, and it’ll be used for years to come if you ever hope to make and/or destroy anything. Oh yeah. Destroy. Maybe you’re not the guy for the job if it comes to creating a ceiling panel for easy access to plumbing or duct work. However, if someone is coming in to redo your kitchen, you definitely qualify for the demolition team. Regardless of your qualifications and skill set, a quality claw hammer will be useful in both scenarios. Yeah, yeah, yeah, they’re also great for hammering nails, removing nails, staples and other fasteners, hanging pictures on walls, driving drywall anchors and scaring your teenage daughter’s boyfriend. You don’t even have to go to a hardware store to find a good claw hammer. Source:

11. Oscillating Multi-tool

Now that we’ve covered the most basic tool that everyone should own, let’s have some fun with an offering: the oscillating multi-tool. What exactly are these? They function as cutters and sanders, and if you want the next level, opt for the rotary multi-tool, which has other uses and applications. The oscillating tool makes small cutting jobs (even plumbing) a breeze, and with the simple change of the tool head, you can use it as a power sander to strip or refine anything from wood to metal to stone. With the proper blade, these are also great for scraping. Depending on the workload you think you’ll throw at one of these, you can invest a lot or a little. Be aware that you’re getting what you pay for. And most attachments for these tools are universal and can be easily changed with an Allen wrench/key. Source:

10. Drill

Drills are great tools to use for driving hardware, as well as creating the holes to make those jobs easier. Most portable drills now function as power screwdrivers, so we’re leaving the manual screwdriver off of this list, though you should really get a set of those, too. Portable drills come in various shapes and sizes, functional ability and available power. If you’re planning on a large build, you might consider an electric or pneumatic drill for the available power—able to handle an impressive workload. For around the house chores and small projects, a sturdy, rechargeable drill will more than suffice. With max battery power, you’ll be able to pilot holes into wood and thin metals. Obviously, you’ll need some drill bits to go with your drill, but many of the options for sale include bits and screwdriver heads. Source:

9. Snips/Wire Cutters

You’ll think you never need a pair of snips or wire cutters until you really need them, and then, when you don’t have them it’s the most irritating thing in the world. At some point, you’ll want to cut through something that takes more leverage and cutting power than a pair of scissors or shears from the kitchen. Powerful cutting tools like snips and wire cutters (or even heftier bolt cutters depending on your need) are invaluable when you need to get through some metal. They’re a necessity for people who work on cars, motorcycles or bicycles, and they’re also handy for some jobs around the house. Replacing a garbage disposal? Cutting some of the drain hose? Safety first: snips over utility knife!,16,55&sku=WCUT Source:

8. Pliers

Pliers come in a variety of shapes and sizes, and they boast different names: round nose, needle nose, pump water, combination…the list goes on. The aforementioned wire cutters are a member of the pliers family. What do you need if you’re looking to toss a pair into your tool box? A good set of adjustable pliers will suffice. You’ll use them for a variety of things, including jobs where they’ll substitute for a wrench. An example of how pliers are practically applied by the DIYer: tearing up some old carpet to lay laminate flooring. Pliers will be handy to tear the carpet away from the tack strip along the walls, or from the floor glue, depending on what kind of carpet you’re working with. Pliers are also great for simple tasks like pulling the grate off your BBQ grill if you don’t have a grate lifter. Source:

7. Crescent Wrench

Often referred to as an adjustable crescent wrench, this is the all-in-one for stabilizing nuts and bolts, as you work one into/onto the other. There’s a good chance that you’ll use a crescent wrench and set of pliers in tandem at some point. They are the cousins of the tool family. An adjustable wrench will be most convenient for a variety of tool uses, though it is recommended that you grab more than one, and of different sizes. If you prefer a wrench set over the adjustable, that’ll work too. Do understand, though, at some point you’ll wish you had the adjustable crescent. You can find wrenches that are larger than toddlers, so consider how you’ll use it before you spend a pretty penny. Source:

6. Stud Finder/Level

This has nothing to do with livestock, animal breeding or the local, male dance review show. We’re talking about an electronic tool that is able to locate wall studs, so you’re not hanging a TV or a shelf on 1/2 inch drywall. Studs are located inside your walls, and most likely made of pine. A quality stud finder will alert you to the location behind the wall, and then it’s easy to measure from stud to stud of the interior wall frame. Stud finders are relatively inexpensive, but for the person who wants to all-in-one, you can score a stud finder/level/laser level combo tool that will ensure precision in hanging objects, mounting objects on walls or building anything that is reliant on squared symmetry. They range in price from $10 to $100 or more if you want the bells and whistles. Source:

5. Hardware and Fasteners

It’s tough to put some of these tools to use without hardware. A hammer is most effective when hitting a nail. A screwdriver is kind of lost without a screw. There are a variety of hardware and fasteners outside of nails and screws, and the best way to buy them is in a variety pack. It’s always nice to have stuff when needed, as opposed to having to make a run for it when your dining table is wobbly and you have friends coming over for dinner. Brackets, brads, industrial staples, hinges, screws, nails, nuts, bolts—of various size, and for various applications—you need ’em all. You can buy a bucket full of these things, or a neatly organized plastic case to keep a bunch of stuff in. Yeah, they even sell them as pre-filled hardware kits for multipurpose use. Have these things on hand; you’ll need them. Source:

4. Stingers/Extension Cords

It’s nice to have a few household extension cords for practical use (lamps, small appliances, TV and entertainment systems), as well as a couple legitimate stingers for more heavy duty jobs. If you’re planning to string 25,000 Christmas lights, you’ll want something that is more apt to handle the outdoor elements. Stingers—which is electrician slang for an extended power cord—are also great for the use of power tools. Whether portable or stationary, they’ll handle the job. They’re also great if you’re a true DIYer and you want to extend other power cords on household items—a vacuum cleaner or electric lawn mower, for example—simply slice, and splice. As ridiculous as it may sound, a heavy duty stinger can also function as rope if you’re ever in a pinch. Think escaping from a second floor window. That’s some serious MacGyver stuff, right there. Source:

3. Allen Wrench Set

It’s amazing how many simple objects have gone to hex/Allen keys over traditional flat head or Phillips head screws. For starters, if you’re a bicyclist or motorcyclist, you’re going to need a quality set of Allen wrenches. These are inexpensive and can be purchased in a portable form that will fit in a small pocket or pouch. Anyone out and about on a mountain biking adventure will attest to the necessity of these. And any motorcyclist will tell you that a quality set of Allen wrenches—including some of size—will be a necessity to work on any bike. Around the house, many door handles will possess a variety of screws, including tiny Allen bolts that are used to insert a handle into the tumbler. These require an Allen key for tightening and removal. You can hack some Allen bolts, but we recommend a good set of wrenches. Source:

2. Socket Set

Sockets, which are available in torque sets, offer leverage for busting and tightening nuts and bolts. Socket sets are inexpensive for simple household and automotive application, and they can be purchased at hardware stores, department stores and automotive stores. Most sets come with 20-plus pieces—some with 100 or more—with various socket wrenches sizes. The best sets will feature American and metric sizing, allowing for the most precise leverage when building out or tearing down. If you like to do simple maintenance on your vehicles, a socket set will prove to be invaluable over the years. Most socket sets also come with socket screwdrivers/interchangeable heads. Talk about making some fast work of manual screwing. Source:

1. Duct Tape

What else did you think you’d find at #1? When it comes to the most effective of all tools and fasteners, in a short-term emergency scenario, nothing beats duct tape. Yes, there is a brand of duct tape called Duck Tape, but we’re talking the fiber-rich, super sticky plastic tape that offers some serious adhesion. As you’ve probably guessed, duct tape was developed for the use in heating and air conditioning ducts, or other metal duct work. It quickly became a fix for the mechanically inclined, whether temporarily taping up holes in a garden hose, or taping a friend to a wall as part of a goof. Duct tape is capable of most any task. Did you have a little fender bender? Are you looking to keep the bumper on the car until you can get it into the body shop? A roll of duct tape will do the trick. Source:
James Sheldon

James Sheldon

James Sheldon has been writing about music, movies, and TV for Goliath since 2016.