How to Build Your Own Toolkit

If you’re a handyman, contractor, or a DIY enthusiast, then having a well-equipped toolbox can be essential to completing the job, whether it’s something as simple as putting together furniture, or performing major repairs. A well-equipped toolbox can be assembled to personal preference, or bought from the store pre-assembled. I personally prefer assembling my own toolbox because different people who tackle different problems need different tools – it’s that simple.

But how do you assemble the ideal set of DIY and industrial tools without spending hundreds or thousands of dollars at once? The smartest way is to buy the basic tools first, and then keep adding more to the toolkit as you tackle different projects and need different instruments. But how do you know which industrial tools are considered basic? Let me enlighten you.

A Screwdriver Set

Screwdrivers are must-have tools, simply because you can use them for anything – from opening a battery compartment, to prying lids off of paint cans. You’ll need at least a few Phillips-head and flat-head screwdrivers of different sizes. You can also buy them in kits, which may be more cost-effective, given the fact you’re going to use all of them. Otherwise, it’s probably better to buy one with interchangeable heads and buy multiple heads instead. You want the screwdrivers to have comfortable grips and magnetic tips.


Adjustable, locking pliers are also referred to as plier wrenches, vise grips or lever-wrench pliers – are incredibly versatile tools. They can be used as clamps, wire cutters, in lieu of a wrench due to the fact that they can lock in place.

Tape Measure

We’ve all heard the phrase “Measure twice, cut once”. Well, in order to measure at all, you need a tape measure. A tape measure can help you make sure the brand new desk you just finished working on in the garage fits into your room properly, and that the blinds you just bought are just the right fit for your windows. These tools come in various widths and lengths.


There are various different types of wrenches available, but the most popular type is the adjustable wrench. Adjustable wrenches are capable of tightening and loosening tights and bolts, and they have a movable lower jaw which adjusts the wrench’s size. Generally, adjustable wrenches work with both metric and imperial fasteners. Some other popular types include the combination wrench, ratchet wrench, open-end wrench, etc.

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