JANUARY 22,2022

👋 Are you just getting started in DIY and wondering what are some of the essential tools you'll need to actually start making things? Then you're in the right place.

Are you an expert in DIY but not sure if you have what you need to bring that idea or tutorial you saw earlier and turn it into reality? If the answer is "no" then you're in the right place too!

We're going to breakdown what we feel like are the 10 essential tools for every DIY'er.


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Screwdrivers are essentially just a metal rod with a shape at its head. They are used to get screws in, get screws out, and, more often than not, to lever lids away from paint pots! Screwdrivers are rarely a one-shot deal. There are differences in heads and differences in size, but you can basically break the essentials down into:

👉 Slot Head: The head tapers to a single wedge that’s perfect for simple slotted screws. Blades are measured by fractions of inch.

👉 Philips Head: The head fits into cross-shape-headed screws, with sizes varying between #0 and #4.

👉 Allen Head: The head fits into a hexagonal shape and is measured in millimeters. 


Measuring dimensions competently is one of the most essential tasks of making, repairing or inspecting anything in the house. This is why any homeowner who wants to have a toolbox that is more than just basic should have a nice collection of rulers meant for carrying out measuring tasks of all types. You could very well make certain measurements with a measuring tool that is not specifically meant to do something. But when the time and day comes, you’d be glad that you have a specialized measuring tool… and be so proud of the power you possess in your toolbox.


When it comes to essential tool box tools, the crescent wrench is a must! This tool will likely see the most action out of all your tools as it is adjustable and can fit to the size of the pipe or material you are working on. If your home is full of different sized nuts and bolts, there is no need to panic-buy 10 different wrenches, instead all you need is a crescent wrench. This bay adjusts to your DIYing needs.

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Pliers are the Swiss army knife of any tool kit, mainly because there are so many to choose from: cutting, lineman, slip-joint, needle-nose. From jewelry making to wire cutting, pliers are the bread and butter of any DIY-er. 


A good cordless drill is an essential tool to have in your toolbox. It can be used for drilling holes into sheetrock or driving screws into a 2×4. When choosing a cordless drill, you want one with lots of power, which is measured by the amount of voltage in its battery. You can get drills that have batteries that go up to 18v. But when you increase voltage, you increase weight. That 18 volt bad boy weighs 10 pounds. 12 volts is a good size. It’s enough power to do most stuff around the house but isn’t too heavy. Also, make sure the drill you get has multiple speeds and is reversible. The reversible feature will come in handy if you need to take some screws out when your treehouse goes awry.


You’ll absolutely need a spirit level for making sure that wall shelves or pictures with more than one fixing are straight, but you’ll also find it really handy for checking that furniture or appliances with adjustable feet are level. 

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A hammer is essential for putting nails and hooks in walls, and tapping dowels into flatpack furniture. For versatility, go for a claw hammer so you can also take nails and hooks out of walls, and take lids off paint tins. It’s also handy for putting lids back on paint tins! Weight is important here, too heavy and you’ll be taking lumps out of everything and too light just won’t be effective – 16oz is a good happy medium. A steel or synthetic handle will have a better grip than a wooden one and will last longer. 


A quick-fix solution to numerous problems, duct tape is a simple yet effective tool and a quality addition to your toolbox. There are various forms of duct tape – some even have waterproof backing! 


The handsaw is a very popular tool for homeowners carrying out simple DIY projects as it helps cut decorative items and materials to size. A quality handsaw makes jobs such as crosscutting moldings, cleaning out dovetails and flush cuttingdowels and pegs faster, cleaner and safer. There are myriad different types and sizes of blades for working with wood and other materials. If you’ve never used a handsaw for any projects before, it is definitely recommended because you’ll be amazed how useful and helpful this tool really is! 


Keeping your collection of drivers, screws, and bolts in an easy-to-haul toolbox keeps things organized and handy. The large-capacity plastic box has a single metal latch that closes securely. A removable tray is great for assorted fasteners.

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Remember that there is no need to buy every available tool for your toolbox in one single day. You don’t need a complete set of tools immediately, instead you can purchase items overtime to help spread out the payments and avoid breaking the bank. Also, if you need to use a specific tool as a one-off, without the need for storing it, consider a professional tool hire company. Tool hire is a cost-effective and beneficial way to ensure you have access to the most high-quality tools without the stress of maintaining or storing them. Building the perfect toolbox full of those essential tools is important but it also takes time and space.

Josh J. Gur - CEO

CEO of Sanrico


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