The right tool for the job makes the job easier.

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There are tools that make every job easier. Some are essential, some are just nice.



There are some tools that you will use over and over again, no matter what job you’re doing. You can often buy a kit that includes most of this collection. However you decide to get your hands on them, these are worth having in your home.

  • Markers – pen, pencil and chalk
  • Chalk-line
  • Tape measure
  • Hammer
  • Screwdrivers – Philips and flat head
  • Wrenches – a set
  • Crescent wrenches
  • Drill
  • Saw – wood, hacksaw, bow-saw
  • Level
  • String level
  • Plum-bob
  • Square
  • Pliers – regular, needle nose
  • Stapler
  • Knife
  • Scissors
  • Gun for silicon or glue
  • Files
  • Tin snips
  • Shovel
  • Pick
  • Rake
  • Rock-bar
  • Hoe
  • Wheelbarrow




Wood is a softer material than metal and can handle a lot more hand tools, which are generally cheaper.

  • Circular saw (with wood blade)
  • Jigsaw (with wood Blade)
  • Hand saw
  • Drill and bits
  • Clamps
  • Square
  • Files
  • Sanding equipment
  • Router




Metal is one of those materials that requires specialized tools, mostly electrical. Some are more of a luxury than a necessity, but others are fundamental.

It will take you a long time to work metal without the proper tools, but they are generally fairly expensive. If you just need to do a quick job, you can always borrow or rent them.

  • Welder
  • Welding mask and gloves
  • Chop saw (with metal blade)
  • Circular saw (with metal blade)
  • Jigsaw (with metal Blade)
  • Cutting torch
  • Grinder
  • Drill and bits
  • Drill-press
  • Clamps
  • Square
  • Files
  • Bolt cutters
  • Tin snips




These are the tools you’ll need for concrete. Some, like a mixer, are not necessary, but will make a big job easier.

If you’re going to be doing a lot of concrete work, all of these tools will serve you. However, for simple jobs, you can pick and choose which seem important.

  • Concrete Mixer (and generator if needed)
  • Wheelbarrow
  • Shovel
  • Hoe
  • Hawk (for stucco)
  • Trowels – all sizes and shapes
  • Floats
  • Brushes
  • Bolt cutters
  • Tin snips
  • Pliers
  • Level
  • Water can


Each building project has its own set of tools that make it easier and more efficient. However, there are some basic tools that every home should own.