DIY Toolbox Checklist

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If you’re not completely overhauling a room, sometimes it’s just easier to do it yourself. You’ve got a hammer and some nails. You’re all set, right?

Not Quite.

It doesn’t have to cost a king’s ransom to fix up your mudroom or remodel your living room. But, there are some things that you are going to want in order to be able to tackle any projects that might come your way! When you are looking to become a regular Bob the Builder and step up your DIY game here’s a list of things that you will need.

Have a Top Notch Toolkit

While you will have time to make the trip to White’s Lumber when you’re planning a larger scale project, there are obviously times when it’s more convenient to just have the necessary tools to fix a railing or leaky faucet. A well-stocked toolkit can meet your needs for most projects.

Screwdriver Set: There are few DIY projects out there that are void of screws. A good screwdriver set ensures that you can secure any handle, frame, step, or hinge. Make sure to get one with Phillips and flat head.

Tape Measure: Having a good 25-50 foot tape measure is a necessity for any homeowner or anyone looking to DIY.

Adjustable Pliers: These puppies are a versatile tool you need in your arsenal. They can be used to cut, clamp things, and get ahold of those itty bitty bits and pieces.

Nails and Screws: There’s not a lot to say here. You’re going to need nails and screws.

A Good Sturdy Hammer: It doesn’t have to be Thor’s magical hammer, but having a nice and solid claw hammer at your disposal is always a must-have.

Utility Knife: I’ll cut to the chase here. You never know when you’re going to need a high-quality utility knife, preferably one with a nice rubber grip and sturdy blades. You can get super cheap utility knives, but it’s smarter to buy a good one now instead of having to replace a low-quality one in the near future. You don’t want to cut corners when it comes to quality.

Adjustable Crescent Wrench: Having a large and small adjustable crescent wrench can be useful for a lot of projects, especially those that are more advanced or labor intensive.

Allen Wrench Set: You’re going to want a set that has a wide array of sizes to make sure you are prepared for a breadth of projects to come.

A Level: A physical tool is usually more reliable than a cell phone app, and having a good level can also double as a straight edge for drawing that perfect line to cut.

A Stud Finder: We’re not talking about a mirror here, hotshot. A good stud finder ensures that you can find the perfect spot on your walls to hang shelves and other heavy items.


You’re also going to want to make sure you have a good stepladder ready and folded away in a closet or garage (you’re just not going to want to walk under it… bad luck and whatnot.) A good power drill, hacksaw, putty knife, and high gauge extension cords are all important things to have at your disposable for any project or repair that might come your way. If you’ve got all of these things, you will be prepared and ready to rock ‘n roll whenever you need to strap on a tool belt and jump into action!

Now go out and hang that portrait of your dog in the dining room!