A well-equipped home tool kit is not just for weekend warriors and do-it-yourself
types. Hanging a picture, tightening a cabinet door, or assembling a Swedish-built
cabinet are all moments when one might reach for a tool kit. If your toolbox
consists of duct tape and a hammer, a quick, inexpensive trip to the local
hardware store can save you lots of time and headache later when you need your
Essential Components of the Home Tool Kit
• Hammer – The hammer is the most used tool in any home. Choose one
that feels comfortable in your hand and is light enough that you can use
• Screwdrivers – While fancy ratcheting screwdrivers are comfortable, the
plain old inexpensive ones work just fine. Make sure you have at least one
flat head and one Philips head on hand.
• Nails and Screws – Of course, you’ll need these to go with the first two
items on the list. Since these are inexpensive, choose a few sizes to have on
hand for various projects.
• Measuring Tape – Alongside the hammer, you’d be surprised how often
you’ll use this tool.
• Drill – Drills are versatile tools and useful to hang pictures or tighten
screws. Decide whether your preference is cordless or corded.
• Duct Tape – Yes, duct tape does have a role in a well-stocked tool kit.
• Utility Knife – This will not substitute for a saw but small cuts and simple
adjustments can be performed easily with this small tool. A box cutter
would also work well here.
• Protection – Safety goggles and work gloves offer essential protection from
flying debris and hand or eye injuries.
Feel free to add other fun items you find during your stroll through the hardware
store. You may never be ready to remodel your entire kitchen, but the right tools
will provide you what you need to keep your home in great condition.