10 Toolbox Essentials
Maybe you have a hammer out in the garage, a screwdriver in the hall closet and some nails floating around in your kitchen junk drawer. If this sounds like you, it's time to consolidate your tools into one box so you're never scrambling during emergency repairs! When you're putting together that new toolbox, keep in mind these 10 essentials.
1. The Box!
If you're starting fresh, your best bet for getting started is to purchase a toolset in an easy-to-grab bag or a hard plastic container. Many empty toolboxes come with small compartments for loose bits and layers for keeping heavy and large tools from crowding your space.
2. Tape Measure
This portable measurement device is inexpensive and saves you from purchasing or cutting objects of the wrong size. Tape measures can be used to determine the size of an object or the distance between objects and have many uses in building and repairing a home.
3. Screwdriver Set
A set of screwdrivers will provide you with all the sizes and types you'll find you need. You may need a different screwdriver for repairing an old cabinet than you would need for fitting in a small space to fix a broken electronic – a screwdriver set will allow you the tools to do both.
A simple tool, levels contain bubbles that will locate themselves in the center of the tube to signify that the angle is level. This is important in all kinds of projects so it's best to have a small one for tight spaces, and a larger one as well.
When you're looking to grab something that you can't seem to pull or turn with your hands alone, pliers can grasp it with the right leverage for the job. Depending on the size of what you're trying to grip will affect the size of pliers you'll need. Consider adding to your toolbox needle-nose and standard sets or some with adjustable jaws.
One of the most useful items in your box, a hammer. Hammers are needed for pulling out old nails and driving in new ones for any size construction project or to break things down in small demolitions. But they can also be used for daily household tasks such as hanging picture frames.
7. Nails & Screws
Small but important – there's not much use for your hammer and screwdriver without nails and screws. These small parts can be kept in the smaller compartment of your box or left in the product's case for easy locating in your toolbox.
8. Adjustable Wrench
Save space in your toolbox with an adjustable wrench. Without buying a wrench in every size, you can alter its size to grab ahold of any nut or bolt. Whether you're doing light plumbing work or heavy construction work, an adjustable wrench will likely come in handy.
When you're working in a tight area with little light or when you go adventuring into your attic or crawl space, you'll be happy to have a flashlight in your toolbox. You'll also thank yourself for keeping one there the next time the power goes out and you know just where to find an extra light source.
10. Safety gear
The must-have safety gear that will fit in your toolbox includes safety glasses and gloves. Glasses or goggles will protect the soft tissue around your eyes from any projectiles. Depending on the type of safety gloves, they can protect you from cuts, punctures, burns, or shock so be sure to have the right pair for the job at hand.
Whether you're ready to declutter your toolbox down to the basics or if you're starting from scratch in a new home, having these 10 essentials in your toolbox will always come in handy. If you're eager to put your tools to use, check out our blogs for DIY shelves and drawer organizers.