Ten critical tools you need to store your toolbox

Ten critical tools you need to store your toolbox

Whenever I hang a photo or measure a window, I carefully tuck my toolbox into an awkward corner at the back of the closet, next to the ironing board, under the winter coats, and behind a piece of furniture. Because I can not really see in the closet, the next time I pull out my toolbox, I have to sit and go blindly in front of the ironing board, under the coats and around the closet to take it out. When will I learn that I use my toolbox almost daily?

A well-stocked - and easily accessible - toolbox can make anyone's life more difficult, whether it's a homeowner, tenant or student. The ten most basic tools listed below will point you in the right direction to achieve the full sufficiency of the tools.


I would not want to forget the obvious, I want to emphasize that the toolbox itself is an essential part of a well equipped toolbox. My first toolbox was actually a plastic fishing box with a removable tray. It worked like a charm, holding my claw hammer, my Phillips screwdriver and a random assortment of nails and screws. Now I have moved to a sophisticated molded plastic toolbox in which all tools and accessories are attached to a particular place. If, like me, you use some tools once a decade, the molded plastic option gives you at least a clue as to whether the missing tool is long and thin or short and square.

Home Repair Manual

Although it is not technically a tool, a good home repair manual can open doors, literally! Browse the selection in your local bookstore or check out some of the most popular online reviews. All repair manuals will contain the same basic information; therefore, base your decision on the wording that's right for you and the images you find most useful.


Used most often to drive nails and break objects, the hammer usually consists of a handle and a head. The most essential hammer to have in your toolbox is the claw hammer, which is useful for both driving and removing nails. Other "hammer" instruments include frame hammer, cushion hammer, ball head hammer, rubber mallet, wood hammer and hammer.


Screwdriver tighten or loosen screws by applying torque. The typical hand-held screwdriver has a head that engages the screw, a shaft, and a handle. Screwdriver vary in both size and head shape, and are identified by the screw heads they are used to tighten or loosen. The most basic screwdrivers are the slotted and Phillips—every toolbox should have a couple of each in varying sizes. Additional screwdrivers include PoziDriv, Robertson, crosspoint, Torx, and Hex.


tongs are used to increase gripping ability and leverage. However, within this category, pliers can perform slightly different functions. Cutting pliers sever or pinch off materials. Gripping pliers, as described above, are pretty self explanatory and include flat nose pliers, round nose pliers, and needle nose pliers. Gripping pliers are the most common variety, and are a tool no toolbox is complete without. Finally, crimping pliers are used in electrical work to crimp electrical terminals and connectors.

Tape measure

Although measuring tapes can be made from fabric, tape or metal, most tool ribbons are made of a rigid metal ribbon lodged in a plastic case, which retracts automatically but can also be locked in place . Twenty-five feet is a good all-purpose length.


A saw is used for cutting - the type of material to be cut varies with the saw. A saw consists of a serrated blade, a handle and can be operated by hand, steam, water or electricity. For your basic toolbox, a relatively small hand saw may be sufficient for minor projects in the home. In addition to the hand saw, the back saws have a thinner blade reinforced by a steel or brass back. Frame saws stiffen the blade by placing it in a frame. For example, a hacksaw is a frame saw.

Putty knife

A putty knife has a flat and flexible blade. Rather than being used to cut, a putty knife is useful - you guessed it! - to scrape and apply mastic. Not much to describe about this simple tool, but I can tell you that it is convenient in many different situations and that it is one of the least expensive tools on the list. Why not get it?


A key is used to create extra leverage by turning nuts, bolts, or other rebel objects. The most basic key is an open end wrench, which is a solid piece of metal with a U-shaped opening at one end that grips the sides of a nut or bolt. More advanced keys include a wrench, with a closed opening and generally used with hexagonal nuts or bolts; an adjustable wrench or Crescent wrench (so named after the brand name of the original patent holder, Crescent Tool and Horseshoe Company); a socket wrench, and the hex key or Allen wrench.


A punch is a woodworking tool, very useful for starting holes before drilling. Quite simply, the scraping punch is a steel tip with a tapered tip at one end and a handle at the other. In woodworking, a scratch punch is used to draw a line followed by a hand saw or chisel.

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