A Guide to Hand Tools: Essentials for Every DIY Homeowner

A Guide to Hand Tools: Essentials for Every DIY Homeowner

As a homeowner, few things can provide more pride and satisfaction than being able to take care of jobs around the house yourself. But to do the job well, you need the right tools! Whether you consider yourself an expert or a beginner, the following are tools that no DIY homeowner should be without.


Toolbox Essentials

Every DIY homeowner needs their own toolbox — and tools to fill it. Claw hammers (which can drive and remove nails), flat and Phillips head screwdrivers, pliers, a utility knife, a scraper, and adjustable wrenches can all be used in a variety of projects. It’s also helpful to have an extra storage container for hardware such as screws, nails, washers, and nuts. Electrical and plumbing tape should also be kept on hand for your projects.


Safety Gear

There is sometimes a risk of injury with certain DIY projects. Work gloves will protect your hands from cuts, and wearing safety glasses will shield your eyes from flying projectiles. Bungee cords can be used to strap down items when not in use, and proper shelving will help keep things organized and out of the way.


Helpful Extras

There are many extras that can come in handy for different projects. A ladder or step stool will help you reach higher locations for jobs like painting or cleaning gutters. Extension cords can provide power to equipment like a leaf blower. WD-40 can be used to fix rusty, stuck, or squeaking hinges and bolts, while a shop vacuum will make it much easier to clean up. It’s always best to be prepared!


Whether you’re filling up your first toolbox or need to upgrade your gear, you’ll find what you need at Gerber Lumber. With affordable prices and a knowledgeable staff, you’ll have no trouble finding the right tools for every project.