The basic homeowner toolbox

How to best stock your home for all projects
Published on Oct 29, 2004

Home improvements of any size, shape or complexity all have one thing in common: they need tools. If all you have in your home is a broken screwdriver, a hammer without a handle, and one wrench you hope will happen to fit whatever bolt you encounter, you need some help.  The following is a basic set of tools that no homeowner should be without. When outfitting your toolbox, buy only quality tools, even if you have to collect them a few at a time. Low-end tools are inaccurate, frustrating to use, and often unsafe, while good tools are a joy to use and an investment that will last you a lifetime. Hammer: A 16-ounce hammer with a curved claw and a smooth, slightly crowned (convex) face will work for most of your repairs.  Wood, metal, or fiberglass handles are all fine - just look for one that feels comfortable in your hand and has a solid point of attachment between the head and the handle. Screwdrivers: Purchase a full set of screwdrivers with hardened tips, including stan...