Home Tool Kit

Home Tool Kit

In this article we will explain what you should have in your tool kit for DIY jobs. It should be noted that this list is only a reference of very basic tools needed to more common DIY tasks.

Safety Equipment

These are the first and most important items you should acquire. At a minimum, you will need disposable dust masks, goggles, work gloves and ear protectors.


The hammer is the most usual tool and the one most people will recognize. One side of the hammer has a smooth surface that is used for hammering. The other side has a curved head split in half and form a "V". This side is used to remove nails from wood. You should always choose a well balanced hammer, with a comfortable handle and an average weight.

Hammer for Tacks

Much smaller and lighter than the first hammer, this hammer is very useful for small and specific tasks. It has a flat and rectangular head on one side and on the other side is flat and smooth. The flat side is often used to pound on difficult sites and also hammering tacks and pins. Some models have a slight fracture to pull tacks. These hammers usually have a wooden handle and a magnetized head.

Metric Tape

Combination of metric/imperial about 8 meters/24 ft are the most recommended if you want a multipurpose tape. If your project requires complicated measures also get a steel ruler, a straightedge and a protractor.

Wood Saw

There are several types of wood saws. There are models with teeth shaped like small knives that are used to cut across the grain of the wood. Models with teeth shaped like small chisels are used to cut along the grain of the wood. A good saw to have in your tool kit will be a multi-function rigid saw. This type of saw will allow timber cutting in the parallel or transverse direction to the wood grain. These models have rigid teeth that remain sharp 6-8 times longer than the normal ranges. The disadvantage is that you can not sharpen the teeth of a saw of this type, the band saw has to be completely replaced.

Compass Saw

This type of saw is small, with a very thin blade with a round handle. It is very similar to a serrated knife. It is the ideal tool for cutting holes and round corners.

Metal Saw

It is a saw with a fine-toothed blade perfect for cutting metal and plastic. The blade is replaceable and is fixed in the structure on both sides creating a tension system.

Screwdrivers Set

You can choose a different set of keys or just one screwdriver with interchangeable heads that take up less space in your toolkit. Always make sure you have at least a Phillips head (star key) at least one normal head and a search key poles for the electrical work and replacement of fuses.

Utility knife with retractable blade

Also called Stanley knife. This tool has a retractable blade for cutting and serving a variety of materials ranging from cardboard, carpet, etc... It also serves to remove excess ink around the edges.


This tool serves not only to grasp and twist metal, but also to cut cables and wires. The most common models have a smooth surface at the ends, are concave in the middle and have a cutting surface near the shaft. Make sure you buy one with rubber. There are variations for specific tasks:

  • Cutting Pliers
  • Pliers with Tips for more detailed work
  • Pressure Pliers to grab objects
  • Diagonal Pliers with angled tips for working in difficult places

Adjustable Wrench

This tool has an adjustable screw that serves to change the diameter of the clamps and thus work with various sizes of bolts or nuts. Choose a medium size appropriate to the nuts and bolts that are more in furniture, bicycles and household objects. Or if you prefer, get several different sizes for different jobs that may appear.

Level of 300 mm

A level is an essential tool to verify that the structures are right. It is essential for tasks such as hanging pictures or other objects on walls.


It is always advisable to have several types of staples in your toolkit. This tool is available in various sizes and shapes and serves to hold and secure objects. Always use one or more clips in the piece you want drilling, sawing or work in any way.

Wood Chisels

A chisel should be kept sharp and is one of the most used tools when working with wood. Start with a 19mm chisel and then progress to larger chisels. Always choose models with plastic cables as they are the best for hammering.


This tool is an iron rod with a hook-shaped tip adjusted to remove nails and other end tapered and flattened. It is a very powerful tool and often used in conjunction with a hammer.


Remove ink, mix and apply different types of materials are just some of the functions of this tool. It's always good to have several models of different sizes to expand your options when searching for the ideal tool.

Glue Gun

This item is used to apply adhesives and sealants with ease. Usually, this kind of stuff comes in tubes suitable for use with this tool. Essential in any job that requires the use of sealants against water and moisture. The latest models are quite compact, with triggers and user-friendly systems that negate any unwanted spills.


A small but powerful magnet is a tool that will give handy when working with metal.

Paint Brushes and Rollers

These tools are essential for any paint job. The models are different and we would always advise that you purchase the more generic to always keep your tool kit appropriate to the task at hand.


This tool looks like a screwdriver, but its tip is pointy and is used to open small holes.


This tool is a small rubber funnel caught to a wooden handle and is used to unclog pipes. Apply the plunger to the surface where the entrance of the pipe is fixed and make movements up and down to create a suction flow.

Ladder or Stepladder

Start with a model of 2.4 meters in the "A" format. This model is more generic and safe and will serve for most DIY work you want performed.

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