Which tools should be in everyone's toolbox?

I figure hammer and screwdrivers for sure, but what else?

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ManageMyLifeJim

We always have the following: a tape measure, an assortment of nails and screws, work gloves, a Leatherman, duct tape, CrazyGlue, a staple gun, and then of course the little random odds and ends that you dont know where they come from and you dont know where they go but you are certain they are important!

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michael

Bandaids.

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ctrinco

My life saver has been a Craftsmen 19.2 Volt drill and circuler saw. 19.2 might be more power and larger in size then most simple DIY'ers need. But, all it takes is that one time...and it more then makes up for it.

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oldman49

hammer,screwdrivers, slip joint pliers,adjustable wrench, small flashlight,duct tape,pocket electrical tester,tape measure.

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Chris P. - Handyman Expert expert

I would also recommend a tape measure, a utility knife, a flashlight, needle nose pliers, regular pliers, an adjustable wrench, a small magnetic level, some pencils, sharpie markers, duct tape, electrical tape, zip ties, WD-40, and an optional cordless drill, socket sets (standard and metric), hand saw, and a speed square should get you well on your way.

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MikeinVienna

Thanks!

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offroader

locking pliers, awl, electronic stud finder is all I can think to add.

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robrieke

Good question. It all depends on how often you plan to use them and how you use them. I have 3 toolboxes: 1 in my car, 1 small one at home, and 1 large one at home. Car toolbox: Wrenches for access to the battery and to remove the belts, screwdrivers, fuse pullers and fuses, duct tape, zip ties and a spare belt. Small home toolbox: 1 of each size phillips and flathead screwdriver, set of jewelers screwdrivers, 2 adjustable wrenches, 1 wrench roll, a set of sockets and socket wrench, hex keys, various pliers, tape measures, a small level, pen and pencil, a small inspection mirror and a small flashlight. Large home toolbox: Everything else. Having a small toolbox with the typical tools I use keeps it lightweight and easy to move around the house. If I will do anything more advanced, I can always get other tools from my big toolbox.

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Joe LittleBear

These tools are a must,,... " Vise Grip" locking pliers, ( one small - about 5 inches long , and one large---- 10 inches long with the curved jaws....) and the arc-joint adjustable pliers such as "Channelock ", ( one 10 inch pair----one 18 inch pair ) a sharp wood chisel ( 1/2 " or 3/4" wide ), a sharp "cold chisel " ( for cutting metal ) a set of "Pin punches " ( from 1/8 " diameter to 1/2 " diameter...) a sturdy pry bar....about 18" long....with a 90 degree bend at one end with claws for pulling nails----a straight or 30 to 45 degree angle on the other end.., a good quality hacksaw--- using 12 " blades.. capable of turning the blade 90 degrees..., TWO sets each of "combination " open-end X box-end wrenches----1/4" to 3/4 " or 1 " SAE sizes ( 6 mm to 19 mm Metric ) Adjustable wrench (open end ) one 6 " and one 10" Electric Drill with 1/2 " chuck, Drill bit set 1/8 " to 1/2 " twist drills... One pair of lever-action tin shears...

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Douglas

I have all that times 10. What to do. Maybe give them to someone I can borrow them from. That is if they would still have them in good condiction.

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IRAE10

One tool I find indispensable is an ice pick. I use it for starting screws nails mollies, etc.

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offroader

For fixing all sorts of odd jobs, a hot glue gun comes in real handy. In the time it takes the glue to cool it;s fixed and it's strong!

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MikeinVienna

I've always kept a good bike tool in my toolbox...

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A sturdy set of pliers, wrenches, tin snips and of course duct tape :)

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offroader

I have separate tool boxes for different jobs. plumbing, electrical, painting welding, extra sockets. Another has a torpedo level, stud finder, nuts, bolts, screws, picture hangers, molly bolts, wall anchors, drill accessories, sandpaper, pencils, Sharpies, chalk line, screw drivers, pliers, small locking pliers, 1/4" drive sockets I use the last one most every time I have an honeydo project.

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KraigK36

Can never go wrong with a heavy-duty flashlight, some duct tape and a tape measure.

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Frank K. expert

In addition to everything mentioned already, a tube of caulk is essential in case there is a leak!

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cgrant3

Don't forget scissors! Keep them in your toolbox with your tools, and it will save you a lot of running around.

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doliver

A full assortment of allen keys (AKA, hex keys). I never have the right one, so I am planning on getting a complete set this weekend.

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crumbasa

My father once gave me a tool box filled with tools as a Christmas gift. I have to admit I was not very excited about the gift, but one tool I use again.. and again... is a hot glue gun. I highly recommend adding this to your box!

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Pharaoh

I was putting together some ikea funiture over the week-end and found myself in desperate need of a six sided drill bit. A well rounded assortment of drill bits is an absolute must!

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dan_cummings

A good Multi Tool (gerber and leatherman)
A crowbar
A good hammer
A good set of screwdrivers
A socket wrench set
A hex key set
A corded and portable drill
A drill piece set
A puddy knife
A good drywall cutter
A small sander corded or portable
A shop vacuum

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dan_cummings

A good Multi Tool (gerber and leatherman)
A crowbar
A good hammer
A good set of screwdrivers
A socket wrench set
A hex key set
A corded and portable drill
A drill piece set
A puddy knife
A good drywall cutter
A small sander corded or portable
A shop vacuum

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KM1

duct tape - i keep it in the car and it has been helpful on more than 1 occassion!

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MikeinVienna

Thanks!

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Phil_Bruno

If i were you i would always keep an x-acto knife and duct tape on you. You can do wonders with each!

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GreenGardener

A really powerful cordless drill/driver, pliers, adjustable wrenches, tiny screwdriver, duct tape, hammers, nailsets, circular saw, locking wrenches, reciprocating saw.

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Writer1 expert

I have a wind-up flashlight that doesn't require batteries. It's helped me out through more than one long-lasting power outage!

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MikeinVienna

A bike tire patch kit - the kind you obtain at the bike shop counter for a buck - can come in handy as well.

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MMH_Editor

Hi Mike. Here's my list of must-haves around the house: hammer, screw drivers (standard and Philips), tape measure, utility knife, flashlight, locking pliers, adjustable wrench, cordless drill/driver, socket wrench set, level and hand saw. They're not really considered tools, but I'd also have duct tape, super glue and WD-40 handy. Here's a link to an article about this exact topic for some more suggestions.

http://www.managemylife.com/mmh/articles/authored/12-essential-tools-for-everyones-toolbox?intcmp=homexDefaultEP12EssentialToolsx1

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MikeinVienna

Thanks!

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Jeremiah

Gilligan would have only been on that island 1 day if only the professor had a roll of black electrical tape

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offroader

For a three hour tour, a three hour tour.

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Andrew

Sliding Bevel

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Danelle

Hello, I submitted a question about my kenmore microwave making a pop sound when I turn it on for a min. Here is my model # 36362709200

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Nick

Two really cool tools to add to your tool box would be the Craftsman Dogbone Wrench, and the Bionic Wrench!

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offroader

Danelle, You can buy a new microwave for less than you can have your old one fixed. I had that popping which eventually turned into a big burn mark on the top of the inside.

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FurryNinja

Zip Ties-Allen wrench set.WD-40

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HAMMER0311

Did anyone suggest a pipe wrech yet? pretty handy

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