Hey again, everyone! I’ve been spending a lot of time lately doing that most hated of chores – cleaning out my old toolboxes! I know, I know, but there comes a time when someone needs to just decide what they need to keep, and that applies to everything – even tools.
So with that in mind, as I’ve been deciding what to keep and what to toss, I’ve been putting together this list of indisposable tools that everyone should keep around!
This one seems obvious, but look: you can’t just keep one screwdriver around for everything. However, you also don’t really need to go overload with them. Keep a set around of common sizes and bit types, and you’ll be prepared for anything you may need to unscrew! Pardon the phrase. You can find these anywhere, but I tend to stick with Kobalt or Stanley (pictured).
Adjustable Pliers and Wrench
Two of each, one large, one small. MAKE SURE THEY’RE ADJUSTABLE. Not that much more expensive than non-adjustable ones, and it’s like having several different sizes around. You’ll be shocked out of how much use you can get out of it, if you keep them.
Regular tape measure, big and metal like your dad had. A little finicky at shorter distances, but you can deal with it, right? You can get these basically anywhere, but Grainger is good for providing options.
Trust me, this is much easier to store and just as useful as a power saw. Try to get one with good support, and make sure you have somewhere safe to keep it – you don’t want one of these just lying around waiting to hurt someone. As soon as you need this, you’ll love having it around. Check out Harbor Freight for some deals.
Sure, this is the ultimate “I’ll just borrow my wife’s dad’s” tool, but you’ll want to have your own eventually. Different bits mean you can use them for things like sanding and grinding, and keeping a corded one means you’ll never have to buy batteries. Besides, you can even use them to grind pepper! Check out Ace for some deals.
This, almost out of everything here, is the one I would recommend the highest. It’s not the flashiest or fanciest or most expensive (although you really don’t want to cheap out on this), but in the words of an ancient credit card commercial “don’t leave home without it”! (But don’t take it anywhere where you couldn’t take a knife, like on a plane or anything).You’ll always have a need for this, and if you don’t have a need I’m sure you’ll find one. I’m a big Milwaukee fan, and you can get a good deal on them at the Toolbarn.
I hope you all learned something here! Does anyone here remember the terrible old Super Mario movie? It’s like the man says, “your tools are your friends – treat them well and they’re always by your side!”. Or, at least, the ones you really need.