Whether your idea of home improvement is finishing your basement or installing a shelf, you will need some construction tools. Every project calls for a slightly different combination of tools. Nonetheless, there are a few basics that everyone should have. The following six tools are must-haves for even the least ambitious DIYers.
1) Measuring Tape
There is an old saying: measure twice and cut once. If you don’t have a good measuring device, how can you live up to this mantra? A good-quality measuring tape is essential in even the most basic toolkit. Everyone should have a metal measuring tape that can extend to at least a few meters (25 feet is a common length). If you intend to measure longer distances outside, consider fiberglass tape.
2) Screwdriver Set
You probably already have at least one screwdriver. However, it may be a good idea to buy some new ones. First and foremost, you need at least a Phillips-head and flat-head screwdriver. Better yet, it can be helpful to have a couple of different sizes. If you prefer, you can get one with adjustable tips. Even if you do this, consider getting at least one standard screwdriver of each type (they are easier to use than the adjustable ones).
3) Adjustable Wrench
From time to time, every DIYer needs a wrench. It is often a good idea to have a few crescent wrenches and a socket set. However, if you want the absolute basics, you need at least an adjustable wrench. You may be surprised by how often this item will come in handy. It is especially useful if you plan on doing anything with pipes. Overall, this is a very useful tool that you will likely need more than you expect.
4) Claw Hammer
When you think about construction tools, a claw hammer is likely one of the first things that come to mind. You may not realize quite how many types of hammers there are. However, the most standard is a claw hammer. It has a metal striking surface on one side and claws for prying up nails on the other side. Investing in a good-quality hammer can save you a lot of trouble in your DIY projects.
5) Hack Saw
Of all the handsaw options, the hack saw is probably the most versatile. It can cut through wood, metal, and more. Plus, the blades are relatively inexpensive and very easy to replace. Hack saws won’t cut through large wood boards or anything like that. However, they are still essentials for home improvement. Again, this is one of the tools that you will keep finding uses for.
6) Utility Knife
Finally, you should have a good quality knife. These can be used for all sorts of cutting ranging from trimming wallpaper to opening boxes. It can be very helpful to have a knife that can easily be stored in a pocket or clipped to a waistband. Some utility knives have easily swapped blades. For example, snap knives have blades that you can break off, exposing another (completely sharp) cutting surface. For many DIYers, having a utility knife with build-in storage for blades is very helpful.
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Whether you are repainting a room or building new cabinets, it is helpful to have a few basics in your toolbox. The above six tools are all examples of must-have construction tools for any homeowner. Engineer Supply offers all these tools and more. We carry a wide range of engineering, design, surveying and construction equipment. Check out our full catalog today to find the items that best fit your needs. If you need high-quality tools at reasonable prices, we have you covered.