20 Crucial Items Every Home Tool Kit Should Have

Having a well stocked home tool kit is important even if you are not a DIY-er. Home tool kits have essentials in them for quick repairs that can come up in day to day situations.

20-crucial-itemsIf you have a workshop in your garage, chances are you have plenty of tools in there for various jobs but it still benefits you to have a tool kit strictly for the home that is kept in the kitchen.

Having a separate tool kit strictly for the house ensures that you and other family members know where to go to find  a particular tool if they need it for tightening door knobs or doing some other small repair.

Even if you feel you are terrible with tools, consider putting together this home tool kit for your home.  The chances are really good that you will need one of these items at some point.


These items are easy to get, don’t take up an excessive amount of room and are easy to use as well. We’ll go over the contents of a well stocked home tool kit so you know exactly what to put in yours. You’ll find that this kit comes in handy much more than you may anticipate.

1. Hammer

Hammers are basic tools that are used for repairs, putting up pictures, and many other jobs. A basic hammer is a very inexpensive tool that is easy to use.  There are many different varieties of hammers on the market. The hammer you choose doesn’t have to be super fancy, just make sure it is solidly constructed and not too heavy for you to handle easily.

2. Pliers

There are a few different types of pliers that you will want to have in your tool box. Each of these types of pliers has different tasks that they are best suited for.

These include:

  • pliersNeedle nose – Needle nose pliers are good for taking care of grabbing things that are in a very small space such as a pipe or other item. The gripping jaw of needle nose pliers narrows almost to a point which makes it better for holding onto smaller things, especially when there is little space to work with.
  • Regular – Regular pliers work like an extra pair of hands. They can be used for holding nuts still while you are tightening them. They are a general purpose gripping tool that is beneficial for basic repairs.
  • Slipjoint – slipjoint pliers have an angled gripping surface that is almost 90 degrees. They are used for gripping very large pipes or other objects due to the jaws that can be opened much larger than traditional pliers.  Due to the way the jaws work, the gripping surfaces are always parallel to each other.

3. Screwdrivers

Screwdrivers are often used for putting together items that come unassembled, tightening existing screws in furniture, door knobs and other items, and for handling small repairs. There are many different sizes of screwdrivers available.   It is a good idea to purchase a ratcheting screwdriver with changeable bits as well as manual, hand held screwdrivers with both slotted and Phillips tips.  Having a couple of each type in a few different sizes will be all you need to handle pretty much all tasks that would require the use of a screwdriver.

4. Tape Measure

tape-measureEven if you don’t like to build things a tape measure will come in handy when you need to measure the size of something. It might be a space you want to put a new piece of furniture, or you might need to measure the width of a doorway to ensure you can safely move something in or out. Whatever the task is that requires measuring, you will be glad you have a good tape measure on hand.  Tape measures come in all sizes.  A medium sized one that retracts is the perfect choice for your home tool kit.

5. Duct Tape

If you always have a roll of duct tape around, you’ll be prepared for a variety of unexpected repairs and tasks that might require its use. Duct tape is super strong and is great for a number of different tasks including attaching things, keeping things together and even fixing clothing.  Duct tape has been around since WW II and is still going strong as a means of quick repairing something.   Duct tape used to be silver grey or black, but now it comes in a large variety of designs and colors.

6. Silicone Adhesive

Silicone adhesive can be used for any number of applications from household repairs to industrial uses. Their popularity comes from the fact that they offer a lot of flexibility and also have a high heart resistance. Repairs such as bonding surfaces where you need a waterproof or flexible joint, fixing leaky aquariums, and other similar applications.

7. Wood Glue

If you have wooden furniture, having a tube of wood glue in your tool box means you can make a quick repair should something get broken or come apart. There are many good wood glues on the market to choose from. Look for a well known brand to ensure you are purchasing a quality product.

8. Ratcheting Socket Set

ratcheting-socket-setSocket wrenches are used for tightening and loosening bolts on beds, furniture, vehicle parts, and many other items that contain bolts.

The ratcheting socket set makes fast work of this type of task and works well in tight spaces. They are very beneficial to have in your tool kit.

Ratchet socket sets come with a variety of cylinder sockets of all different sizes to fit the many different sizes of bolts that different items can have.

9. Allen Wrench Set

Allen wrenches are specially made wrenches that can only be used on specific types of screws. They are most often seen when putting together items such as entertainment systems, workout equipment, and are often used on bicycles for repairs. Many of the items that require the use of an Allen wrench will include the Allen wrench or a set of them in with the item.

10. Utility Knife

utility-knifeUtility knives are common tools that are used in commercial as well as residential tasks.

They are most often used for scraping and cutting hides, cutting carpet or foam padding, cutting thinner materials, scoring thicker items, opening boxes and much more.

You will find multiple utility knives in work places such as grocery stores, department stores, restaurants and other places that routinely open a lot of boxes.

11. Flashlight

Flashlights are always good to have around whether you are using them to work in low light areas or you are dealing with a power outage. It is a good idea to have a few flashlights in different parts of the house, but definitely include one along with extra batteries in your home tool kit.

12. Plumbers Teflon Tape

Teflon tape is a popular tape used to get a water tight seal when you are repairing or installing pipe joints. It is a staple of every plumber’s tool box and is very good to have in your home tool kit as well. The purpose of Teflon tape is to ensure that the connections of the pipes that are threaded come together smoothly with no leaks. If you have to quickly fix a leaky pipe in your bathroom or kitchen, this is the tape you want to have on hand.  Plumbers Teflon Tape can be used on any type of threaded connections as long as they don’t have a rubber seal built in. These will include shower heads and shower arms as well as threaded tub spouts.

13. Adjustable Crescent Wrench

Crescent wrenches are also known as adjustable wrenches and are most often used for vehicle, motorcycle and bicycle repairs. They come in a variety of sizes and can range anywhere from 4” to as large as 24”. It has one fixed jaw and one that can move either right or left. It is a good tool to have in the home tool kit in case you need to loosen or tighten hex bolts and/or nuts. It is also a good tool to have in the vehicle for emergency repairs.

14. Pipe Wrench

This basic type of wrench is most often used to tighten and loosen pipe joints. You want to make sure that you have the right type of pipe wrench for the job or task at hand. There are actually 6 types of pipe wrenches on the market but it is not necessary for you to have all 6 in your home tool kit unless you just want to. The main one to have is the basic straight pipe wrench.  Other types of pipe wrenches include:

  • End pipe wrench
  • Offset pipe wrench
  • Compound leverage pipe wrench
  • Chain pipe wrench
  • Strap pipe wrench

15. Wire Cutters

There are many different types of wire cutters that are used for a multitude of different tasks. Many professions regularly use wire cutters include doctors, florists, mechanics, jewelers and others use them to help take care of the different tasks their profession might entail. You want to be certain to include a couple of different types of wire cutters in your home tool kit. These will include:

  • Needle nose wire cutters
  • Side cutters
  • Lineman’s wire cutters

16. Wood Screws/Machine Screws

wood-screwsThere are many different types of screws that are used in different applications, but for your home tool kit, you will be prepared for the majority of repairs and tasks if you have wood screws and machine screws of varying lengths.

  • Wood screws – These are best used in applications where corrosion could be a problem.
  • Make sure you drill first before inserting the wood screw for the best performance. Wood screws can be made from brass, nickel, copper and bronze, but steel is the most common material.
  • Machine Screws – These blunt end screws are used in fastening metal parts together. They can have coatings such as brass, nickel, copper and galvanized and are most often made of steel or brass.  The coatings used on machine screws reduce the incidence of rust.  Machine screws will most often be made with a choice of 4 different head types in both Phillips and plain, slotted designs:
  1. Ovalhead
  2. Fillister head
  3. Roundhead
  4. flathead

17. Assorted Nails

There are many uses for nails in the common household even if you don’t do a lot of DIY projects. There are many different types and sizes of nails available to choose from. They can be made of copper, aluminum, brass and most commonly steel.  Steel nails can be galvanized which are very good choices for any application that requires resistance to rusting.  There are 13 styles of nails that are most often used.  Keep in mind that it is not necessary to keep all 13 types in your tool kit.  The best to keep stocked in your tool kit will be Brad nails, Finishing nails and Common nails.  All 13 types of nails include:

  • common nail
  • box nail
  • finishing nail
  • casing nail
  • brad nail
  • roofing nail
  • masonry nail
  • cut flooring nail
  • spiral flooring nail
  • annular ring nail
  • duplex nail
  • drywall nails
  • cement coated

18. Combination Wrench Set

combination-wrench-setCombination wrenches have a box wrench at one end and an open wrench at the other end.

These are most commonly used to provide the user with a good grip on nuts and bolts that need the extra torque to turn them or to hold them still while tightening.

These are very common tools that make a great addition to the home tool kit. The best set to get will include a good variety of SAE and metric wrenches.

19. Epoxy

The most common reason that epoxies are used is to provide a good adhesive for a number of different applications. An epoxy consists of a resin and hardener that have been combined. There are different strengths of epoxy on the market. Some of the more common uses for epoxy include anchoring rebar, bolts or railing into concrete so it is solid and secure.  They type of epoxy used for this kind of application is very strong and long lasting. Other uses may include coatings, sealants, and even concrete repair to fix cracks in concrete.

20. Stud Finder

You may not think that you will use this tool very often but a stud sensor can be a real benefit when you are trying to hang pictures or other wall hangings and need a solid stud to drive the nails or screws into. Even if you don’t use it very often, you will be very glad that you have a stud finder handy when you do need it.

Don’t Forget the Tool Box or Pouch

dont-forget-the-toolNow that you have all your items assembled, you will need a reliable and convenient place to keep them all.

Many people use a dedicated kitchen drawer for everything or you can purchase a well constructed tool box or tool bag that has room for all of the above tools.  This tool box or bag should be kept in a convenient, easy to locate place such as a pantry or underneath a kitchen cabinet.  Keep the home tool kit inside the house somewhere so your home tools are always on hand and easily accessible. Tool bags are also convenient but may not have the room for ALL the tools listed above.