10 Important Items for Your First Toolbox

Setting up your first toolbox is going to be extremely important if you’re planning to do any type of construction. That means, you’re going to want something that will help you get just about any project done without having to spend a lot of time and effort on unnecessary work. So just what do you need in your box?

HAMMER

1. Hammer

This is one of the most versatile tools that you can own because it allows you to build just about anything. Whether you’re putting together a bookshelf, an entire room or anything else, you’re going to have no problem doing it when you have a hammer. You’ll also be able to leverage out nails if you’re taking something apart. There are a number of different sizes and styles for a hammer, but you want something that is more basic, coming in at a lower price tag as well.

WRENCH

2. Wrench

If you’re going to be taking out bolts and screws you’ll want to have access to a wrench. This is going to help you with loosening pipes or fittings if you are taking them apart. You’ll want an entire set of wrenches as well, because there are a number of different size pipes, bolts and other things that you’re going to need to take apart for different types of construction projects.

SCREWDRIVER

3. Screwdriver

You’re going to want a variety of different screwdrivers to help you get screws out of different materials and also to put them further in. While you can use different types of power tools for this, you’re going to have the highest level of success if you have a variety of screwdrivers in different types and different sizes to make sure something will always fit the project that you’re trying to accomplish.

DRILL

4. Drill

If you have to put screws into something or put something together (or if you need to take it apart) you’re going to really want a drill. There are a number of different types of drills and sizes of drills. You may want to get a smaller drill that will help you with the projects you’re doing for the beginning of your training. You’re also going to want to look at different options based on what you’re planning to do next.

MEASURING TAPE

5. Measuring Tape

If you’re going to be doing any project you want to make sure you’re doing it right. You definitely want to make sure you measure out the spaces between nails or screws as well as the exact place where you want the object to go (such as a shelf or stand). You’ll be able to lay out the way your entire home or project is going to look long before you actually start working on it, which is always important for whatever you want to do. Your measuring tape may be one of many different sizes to make it easier to hold as well as making it longer or shorter to measure.

PLIERS

6. Pliers

Pliers are great if you need to remove spare nails, staples, or help tighten things together that have gotten loose, pipes for example. There are multiple types of plier ranging from the small needle-nose pliers to larger adjustable pliers that can either go straight on or offset. They can have multiple uses with a single tool. For example many needle nose pliers often can do wire stripping or wire cutting which helps if you have to do things like set up a wired sound system. Larger pliers are good for tightening plumbing that has come loose or you can grip an object gain pressure and bend or pull to force into the position you want or maybe remove it.

UTILITY KNIFE

7. Utility Knife

Utility knives are an essential object to cut or split items that is inexpensive and easy to use. With just a basic razor blade based knife you are able to cut things like carpet or drywall, splice a fused wire to have the ends reach their respective areas. For non-home improvement uses you can use utility knives to whittle wood and cut rope for outdoor products. Make sure you get one with a slide out or fold-in blade as they are much safer than straight blades or the snap-off blades.

LEVEL

8. Level

Ever put up a picture and wondered if it was straight with the room? Well a level would make that task much easier. Coming in varied lengths to suit multiple jobs most basic levels are bubble style ones that have some colored fluid in a vial that shows one bubble in it. That bubble will fit within the lines on the vial to signify that it is straight with the earth. Some more advanced levels can even show you whether your room is square or not, a handy feature if you are planning on doing in-depth work at home.

FLASHLIGHT

9. Flashlight

Flashlights may seem like a strange entrant into a basic toolbox but you can never have enough. The better flashlights for your toolbox may actually complement your drill and come with a set. That set will share a battery with your drill and be able to be directed toward your project. If that isn’t enough or one isn’t available to fit your drill, a headlamp unit is probably your next best bet as it will always be facing what you are working on and won’t take up precious floor space while working or box space while storing.

SAFETY GLASSES

10. Safety Glasses

Finally, we get to the safety object. Safety isn’t just a manufacturer’s suggestion; it’s pertinent to keep you from having an expensive medical bill. Correct fitting safety glasses will wrap around the edge of your face and partially or fully seal off your eyes from obstructions. If you wear normal glasses you can either get larger goggle style glasses or clips for the side of your existing glasses although those don’t work as well. Getting goggles or glasses with air ventilation is great if you’re going to do heavy exertion activities or work during a hot summer day. Remember to wear them whenever you are near tools and keep a spare set on hand.