Most homeowners can carry out much needed repairs and affect certain upgrades around the home quite competently with the right set of tools.

Here’s a guide to help you stock your toolkit at relatively low cost.

Circular Saw

If there’s one tool you definitely need in your toolkit, it’s a circular saw. A 7 ¼ inch model will cut through most wood materials effortlessly. When shopping for a circular saw, its best to go big. The cheaper models may not necessarily get the job done properly.

Power Drill

The power drill takes most of the hard, manual labor out of your home projects. Perhaps the best investment you can make for your workshop would be a power drill.

They are ideal for driving screws and drilling holes faster and more efficiently than other hand tools.

Before you purchase a power drill, consider how often you plan to use it and buy the model best suited to your type of projects. A reasonably priced corded model is adequate for occasional projects.

Keep it Level

The level helps you decipher accurate vertical and horizontal lines. They are available in a variety of designs, prices, and sizes.

The 2 or 4 feet model is commonly called a spirit or carpenter’s level and is used mainly for large projects. Look for the types that have sturdy aluminum frames.

The 9-inch torpedo level is suitable for shorter jobs and easily fits into your tool box.

Measuring Tape

Accurate measurements are essential to good construction. A tape with a handle and at least 25 feet long will suffice.

Stud Finder

A stud finder is useful for locating nails and screws within dry walls and ceilings. A basic battery-powered model will get the job done quite well.

Some models have metal settings on the stud finder that help the machine detect nails and screws embedded in bulkier types of materials.

If you can’t afford a stud finder, you can purchase some rare earth magnets that will do the same job.


No toolkit would be complete without a hammer. They come in 13, 16 and even 20 ounce weights. A good workshop hammer should be able to drive and remove nails easily. The 20 ounce hammer may be your best buy. Some added features to consider are:

  • Straight claw
  • Smooth face
  • Steel r fiberglass handles

If you prefer a lighter version, the 16 ounce is recommended.


Screwdrivers come in a variety of makes and models, and they fit most common screws. One of the more popular brands is the Philips-head type.

Some varieties allow you to switch comfortably between the regular sizes and a range of added functions all in one.


A pair of pliers is a must-have for your workshop. They are very versatile for a variety of jobs around the home.

Utility Knife

One tool that you will refer to time and again in your workshop is the utility knife. Always keep it sharp and ready. The model with retractable blades is a good choice.

Socket Wrench

A good socket wrench will do the same job as a power wrench. For smaller tasks, an 80 to 10 inch adjustable wrench is good. For larger jobs, like loosening and reinforcing nits and bolts, a 3/8 model with added extenders will handle most tasks well.

Safety Glasses

Whether you are an amateur or professional builder, every job has its unique risks. Always protect your eyes with safety glasses especially when operating tools and machinery.

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