Cheryl’s Toolbox

So you want to gather tools together and start a basic tool box. You wander into a hardware store and are confronted with shelf after shelf and row after row of tools and no clue what they do. Here are two basic lists to help you get started:

Basic Kit for Homes

  • Hammer 16oz (there are lighter hammers, but they are only available at specialty sites and stores)
  • Multi driver—should have:
    • 2 Robertson bits (square)
    • 2 Philips bits (cross)
    • 2 Slot (flat head)
  • Allen key set—various sizes (attached together or in small box to keep in the same place). You may also have them around—usually from building a shelf or piece of furniture from IKEA.
  • 25’ tape measure (metric/imperial)
  • Channel lock pliers
  • 8” Crescent wrench
  • Needle nose pliers
  • Locking pliers (Visegrips™)
  • Hack saw (a small hack saw will work perfectly for most home applications)
  • Tool box saw (usually 17” long)
  • Clamps (spring)
  • Assortment of screws (various lengths, head types).There are small plastic containers that you can purchase that have a variety for most uses.
  • Assortment of nails
  • Masking/painters tape
  • Utility Knife (the snap blade types work well for light cutting and when the blade dulls you have a quick way to a sharp blade, but the fixed blades are stronger)

Basic Kit for Apartments

  • Hammer, 16oz (there are lighter hammers but they are available from specialty sites and stores)
  • Multi driver—should have:
  • 2 Robertson bits (square)
  • 2 Philips bits (cross)
  • 2 Slot (flat head)
  • Allen key set—various sizes (attached together or in small box to keep in the same place)
  • 25’ Tape measure (metric/imperial)
  • Needle nose pliers
  • Locking Pliers (Visegrips™)
  • Utility Knife (the snap blade types work well for light cutting and when the blade dulls you have a quick way to a sharp blade, but the fixed blades are stronger)