Starting a Business As a Handyman With the Best Hand Tools

Anyone that lives in a home or an apartment knows that household appliances can misbehave: they break, they malfunction, or they just simply stop working. In addition to the things that go wrong are the things that haven’t happened yet: the shelves that need to be put up or the coffee table that needs to be assembled. The handyman that steps in to save the day has to be prepared for the job. What does a good handyman need in his toolbox? And how does the handyman (or handy woman) go about selecting these essentials in a world filled with thousands of tools?

It sounds frightening, but the good news is that when it comes down to it, there’s a simple list of basic hand tools that will get any handyman started. The fancy stuff is great, but you’d be surprised at how many tasks you can tackle while using only the toolbox essentials that we’ll outline for you in this article.

Some quick basics that don’t need much explanation are duct tape, WD-40 lubricating oil, a flashlight for illuminating dark areas like underneath sinks, and a good utility knife. All of these can be purchased easily and usually inexpensively. Screwdriver kits are essential, and you’ll need a few different ones. Make sure you have a #1 and #2 Phillips head, as well as a flat head. Magnetic screwdrivers are also available.

A good ratchet set, with a variety of sockets, is indispensable to the handyman. A tape measure is also needed, and should preferably be made of metal. Tape measures come in a variety of lengths, so be sure you purchase one that is long enough for all of your uses. And of course, you can’t be a handyman without a hammer. A flat-head hammer is pretty standard, as well as a claw-type hammer with a convenient nail-puller on one end. Fiberglass and graphite handles for your hammer are only slightly more expensive and will last a long time.

There are thousands of different types of pliers, but for your basic collection of hand tools you only need two, slip-joint pliers and needle nose pliers. Round off your basic hand tool collection with a level, electrical tape, wire cutters, scissors, and whatever other odds and ends you’ll think will fit the needs of your project, and you’ll soon be ready for your first day on the job.

More thought will need to go into your choice of a saw, drill, and any other power tools you want to invest in. The plug-and-play nature of the corded driller eliminates the need to fuss over the buying and replacing of batteries, but tangled extension cords are no fun and can be unsafe, making cordless tools often good investments. You’ll have to make similar choices with other power tools as well.