15 Must-Haves for All DIYers

15 Must-Haves for All DIYers

If you've gotten tired of paying a professional to repair or renovate something in your house, it's time to learn how to do it yourself. You may be amazed at how much you can get done with the proper equipment in hand.

We've compiled a list of the essential DIY tools with that in mind. With the tools listed below, you'll be able to complete almost any home task, such as laying hardwood flooring, refinishing an old coffee table, building a TV cabinet, or simply hanging paintings and shelves.


DEWALT 20V MAX Cordless Power Tool Set

You can accomplish many things with these tools, whether you want to construct some furniture, cut through a PVC pipe, or hang shelves. For less than the cost of buying each of them separately, you'll get a hammer drill, an impact driver, a reciprocating saw, a circular saw, and even a flashlight. It comes with a contractor bag to store the tools. The tools are all cordless, so you don't have to worry about running extension cords.

DEWALT 20V MAX Orbital Sander

An orbital sander is essential for anybody who plans to refinish furniture or paint cabinets. They take less time and effort than sanding by hand, and this one includes a detachable dust bag, so you won't have to deal with a huge mess afterward. This tool also uses the same battery as the rest of the company's 20V MAX line. This makes it a fantastic choice for people who already own some of the company's tools or plan to buy the power toolset.

DEWALT 20V MAX Wet/dry Vacuum

No matter how organized you are, every home project inevitably creates a mess. And to clean up after that debris, you'll need something more potent than a standard house vacuum. That's where wet/dry vacs come in handy. However, many home DIYers do not have the space for a large canister vacuum cleaner. This mini model from DEWALT, can be just as powerful and easy to store.

DEWALT Black Oxide Drill Bit Set

People who use drills know that drill bits often break, especially the cheap ones with most drills. It is a great idea to have a decent set of drill bits, so you don't have to go to the hardware store in the middle of a project. Black oxide drill bits are a great choice because they last longer than other drill bits. They work quickly through metal, plastic, and wood, and they don't rust.

Klein Tools 93LCLS Laser Level

If your wall hangings keep coming out crooked, you might need to buy a laser level. This tool can be used for many purposes, like installing shelves floors and checking door and window height. This tool offers vertical and horizontal leveling. It also has a magnetic mount, so you can use it hands-free. The housing is tough and resistant to water and dust, so it will not be damaged.

GearWrench 20-piece Screwdriver Set

A screwdriver is a handy tool for any home. You can use it for many things like prying and other odd tasks. It is comfortable to hold and can withstand a lot of wear and tear. This set of screwdrivers comes with 20 different screwdrivers of different sizes and lengths, and they are made from sturdy polish alloy steel, and have rubberized handles for a good grip. Plus, they come with a lifetime warranty, so you can be sure that you will never need to repurchase another set.

Stanley Hand Tools 25-foot PowerLock Tape Measure

A tape measure is a vital tool that is used in many DIY projects. When choosing a tape measure, look for one that is easy to read and has a locking system so the tape measure will not move around while you are taking measurements. The Stanley Tools model checks those boxes, making it the perfect choice for most jobs.

Stanley FatMax Rip Claw Hammer

You don't want to settle for any old hammer. Make sure you get one with a rubber grip, as this will help absorb the shock and vibration so it won't be as hard on your hand and reduce the chances of the head coming off. The FatMax Rip Claw hammer is a good choice because it is made from a single piece of steel. It also has a slip-resistant, anti-vibration rubberized grip to help keep you safe. Plus, the oversized striking face reduces the chances of missing your target.

Craftsman Evolv 5 Piece Pliers Set

It would be best if you had a few pliers around your house if you need them. This is a set of pliers with different types made to not rust, and the handles are brightly colored so you can see them easily. The Craftsman lifetime warranty backs these pliers, so you might not have to repurchase another pair of pliers.

DEWALT Socket Set

Home DIY projects don’t always require the use of a socket. But if you do machine work or automotive maintenance, a socket set can save you a lot of time. This set features 34 sockets (both in SAE and metric measurements) and an extension adapter for extra reach. This product also has a durable hard case to keep all the parts organized.

Franklin Sensors ProSensor 710 Precision Stud Finder

When hanging shelves or any other heavy objects on your walls, make sure to use studs as anchors. This will help keep the shelves from falling and potentially causing damage or injury.

You don't want to drill many holes in your walls when you don't have to. Instead, use this Franklin stud finder to find the studs, as it locates the studs and tells you how wide the studs are so you can put the anchor in the middle.

Irwin Quick-Grip Clamps

You don't always have someone around to help you. But that's okay because you can use clamps to hold your workpieces in place. The Irwin Quick-Grip is excellent because it is easy to use, has non-marring pads on the jaws (so you don't have to worry about damaging anything), and is affordable. This tool offers 150 pounds of clamping force, which is more than enough to hold any object you're working on.

Craftsman V20 7-1/4-Inch Sliding Miter Saw

If you want to do any crown or base molding, make your window or door frames, or chop a lot of 2 x 4s, you will need a sliding miter saw. This saw lets you make perfect cuts at any angle you choose and repeat them again and again. This one is a good choice because it is cordless, has a large cut capacity, and has an LED light to see what you are cutting. It is also lightweight, so it is easy to carry.

DEWALT Hex Key Wrench Set

If you've ever had trouble using the included Allen wrenches to tighten furniture or other items down, you need a quality hex key set. This one from DEWALT is perfect for the job. With a variety of sizes, you'll be able to get the job done quickly and easily. This set includes the most common Allen wrench sizes and a few screwdriver bits. What makes it unique is the comfortable ratcheting T handle, which will make your work easier.

Mechanix Wear M-Pact Coyote Tactical Work Gloves

Work gloves are a must-have when working on DIY projects because they protect your hands from sharp edges, nails, and splinters. We recommend the Mechanix Wear M-Pact Coyote Tactical work gloves because they are high quality and durable. Although they are named for mechanics, anyone can use these gloves. They have strong finger and knuckle guards as well as shock-absorbing palms. They are machine washable and come in different sizes, so you can find a pair that fits you perfectly. There are also several colors to choose from.

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