Going To Be A Handyman: Basic DIY Tools

Plumbers, carpenters, and electricians exist for a reason. We simply can't do what they can. But that doesn't mean we can't tackle small projects and repairs around the house.

The Do-It-Yourself market is huge and buying equipment for this or that home project can get out of control fairly fast. There is such a thing as the minimum equipment for a basic home toolbox. These set of tools will allow you to effect spot repairs and do some minor adjustments around the house.

Flat Screwdriver

Craftsman 9-41584 1/4" x 6" Slotted Screwdriver

Greenlee 1/4" x 6" Round Shank Flat Blade Screwdriver

Stanley 66-093 1/4 Inch X 4 Inch Vinyl Grip Square Blade/Standard Tip Screwdriver

Phillips Screwdriver

Stanley 62-561 Fatmax 2 Point X 4 Inch Phillips Tip Screwdriver

TEKTON 27173 Phillips by 6-Inch Screwdriver [Older Model]

uxcell BOOHER Authorized PH2 Head 10-inch(250mm) Long Shank S2 Steel Phillips Screwdriver

Claw Hammer

Estwing Hammer - 16 oz Straight Rip Claw with Smooth Face & Shock Reduction Grip - E3-16S

Stalwart 75-HT3000 16 oz Natural Hardwood Claw Hammer

TopBuilt 16 Ounce Curve Claw Hammer with Fiberglass Handle 25025


Stanley 84-029 8-Inch Bi-Material Lineman Pliers

Channellock 526 6.5-Inch Slip Joint Plier

IRWIN Tools VISE-GRIP Slip Joint Pliers, 6-Inch (2078406)

Adjustable Wrench

Stanley 87-473 12-Inch Adjustable Wrench

Crescent AC24CVS 4 Inch Hex Jaw Cushion Grip Chrome-Finished Adjustable Wrench with Lanyard Hole

Stanley 90-947 6-Inch MaxSteel Adjustable Wrench

Tape Measure

Komelon SM5425 Speed Mark Gripper Acrylic Coated Steel Blade Measuring Tape, 1-Inch X 25Ft, White

Stanley 33-425 Powerlock 25-Foot by 1-Inch Measuring Tape - Original

Lufkin QRL625MP Quickread Hi-Viz Value Tape Measure, 1-Inch by 25-Feet, Blue/Yellow


Stanley 42-466 12-Inch High Impact ABS Level

Empire EM71.8 Professional True Blue Magnetic Box Level, 8"

Swanson Tool TL041M 6-Inch Heavy-duty Magnetic Torpedo Level

Utility Knife

IRWIN Tools Folding Utility Knife (2089100)

Bessey D-BKWH Quick-Change Folding Utility Knife - Wood Grain Handle

Clauss SpeedPak Titanium Bonded Cartridge Based Utility Knife With Ten Utility Blades


[Rechargeable] Anker Bolder LC40 Flashlight, LED Torch, Super Bright 400 Lumens CREE LED, IP65 Water Resistant, 5 Modes High/Medium/Low/Strobe/SOS, Indoor/Outdoor (Camping, Hiking and Emergency Use)

UltraFire 7w 300lm Mini Cree Led Flashlight Torch Adjustable Focus Zoom Light Lamp

Dorcy 35-Lumen Weather Resistant Glow-In-The-Dark LED Flashlight with Lanyard and Aluminum Construction, Assorted Colors (41-4254)


TEKTON 6823 2-in-1 High-Tension Hacksaw

DEWALT DWHT20547L 5-in-1 Hacksaw

Stanley STHT20138 Solid Frame High Tension Hacksaw (12in/305mm)

It would be a shame to have all these equipment and not have a place to put it in. Basic tools deserve a classic, wooden toolbox.


New Classic Vintage Style Natural Wood Tool Box Mason Mechanic Carpenter Woodman 16 in x 8 in x 9 in Assembly Requires

Red Tool Box Classic

Park Hill Collection Divided Wooden Tool Box

The following piece of equipment is NOT part of a basic toolkit. An electric drill will markedly increase the range of possible DIY activities and is the first thing you should consider if you want to level up your tools collection.

Electric Drill

BLACK+DECKER DR260C 5.2 Amp 3/8'' Drill/Driver.

DEWALT DWD112 8.0 Amp 3/8-Inch VSR Pistol-Grip Drill with Keyless All-Metal Chuck

Ryobi P208 One+ 18V Lithium Ion Drill/Driver with 1/2 Inch Keyless Chuck (Batteries Not Included, Power Tool Only)

Jansport Big Student Backpack