Hand Tools – Our Recommendation for a Basic Tool Box – ACME DIY.com


No, you’ll need a lot more than the ones listed here.


For the average handyman (or handywoman, lulz) these basic tools can handle most emergencies:

Claw hammer. The universal adjusting tool, hammers come in several varieties. The difference lies in weight and function. The claw hammer is designed to pound in and pull out nails. Get a 16-ounce hammer — a little tack hammer is not enough for many jobs.

Nail set. Used with a hammer to conceal nail heads by driving them below the surface of the wood. The hole can then be filled with wood putty.

Nails and screws. Both come in several types and sizes. Get common nails (this is type of nail) or box nails for general use, and finishing nails for woodwork and cabinets. Finishing nails have almost no head; the other two have fairly broad heads that stop the nail at the wood’s surface. Screws give greater holding power than nails. The head of the screw is slotted to accept the screwdriver — most common are the straight slot (a single groove across the diameter) and the Phillips (two grooves that form a cross in the center of the head). To avoid splitting the wood, drill a pilot hole (slightly smaller in diameter than the screw or nail), especially when you’re using large nails or screws. Screws go in easier when you put wax or paraffin on the threads.

Screwdrivers. Get a standard straight tip and a Phillips. You probably need more than one of each: a shorter one for working in close quarters and a long-bladed one for turning power. The size of the tip is also important: It should fit tightly into the grooves in the screw.

Crosscut saw. The most versatile of the several varieties of wood saws.

Three-eighth-inch power drill. It can be cordless or plug-in, variable speed or fixed. The choice depends upon budget and convenience. Comes with attachments for sanding and buffing.

Carpenter’s level. Used to determine if a surface (shelving, appliance, drapery rod) is level.

Adjustable wrench. Basically, a handle with jaws on the end. The lower jaws can be moved up and down to tighten the jaws over the head of a bolt or nut.

Slip-joint pliers. The jaws have only two open positions, with teeth or serrations for grabbing, holding, and turning things.

Utility knife. For cutting almost anything. A retractable blade is housed in a handle that also holds spare blades.

Metal, retracting tape measure. Yeah.

Hacksaw. Cuts through metal — tubing, nail heads, and the like. Rabid zombies and stalker ex-boyfriends too, lulz.

Sandpaper. Comes in different grades designed to handle everything from rough surfaces to final finishing.

Toilet plunger. A rubber cup or bell at the end of the shaft that acts as a suction cup to dislodge blockages in plumbing lines.

Drain auger. For unplugging plumbing clogs. A long, flexible metal tube with a corkscrew tip is forced through the pipe to find and dislodge blockage.

Toilet auger. Similar to the drain auger, designed to deal with toilet blockages.

Work gloves Heavy cloth and rubber gloves.

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