Setting Up Home: DIY Tool Basics

Setting Up Home: DIY Tool Basics

Leah Moss
Aug 10, 2009

We have yet to live in a home that did not require a dizzying amount of DIY improvements— that's half the fun, right? The not so fun parts are the constant trips to the hardware and craft stores to gather supplies, and accumulating useless extra equipment along the way. Experience has taught us a thing or two about what's worth having on hand and what's better left to borrowing from a friend or renting for the day...

Obviously, our needs will be quite different depending on our DIY abilities and the scope of our projects, but we've found that there are some tools and supplies that nearly every DIYer should find worthy of their coveted storage space. Here's our short list...

1) Hammer

2) Screw Driver (with interchangeable flat and phillips head bits in a range of sizes)

3) Monkey Wrench

4) Pliers

5) Measuring Tape

6) Level

7) Fabri-tac (I prefer this to a glue gun for most craft projects because it isn't as messy, has a much stronger hold, binds almost every type of material including wood and glass, and requires very little storage space.) You can find it at any craft store.

8) Heavy Duty Staple Gun

9) Hand Saw and Mitre box (if you have storage space to spare, a power miter saw is worth the investment, but for the occasional small project that requires angle cuts, these will do the trick)

10) Scissors (a good, heavy, sharp, fabric-cutting pair)

11) Electric Drill (some may find this unnecessary for a basic DIY set, but if you're like me, and are a) impatient, or b) lacking in upper body strength, this tool is indispensable)

What else would you add to the list?

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