10 Must Have Tools for Your Tool Box


Whether you are a DIY newbie or an old hand, your toolbox and its contents are essential pieces of kit when it comes to successfully completing any home project. And there are some tools that need to be your DIY best friends.

To help you tool up, we take a look at the 10 must have tools for your toolbox.


No self-respecting tool kit would be complete without a screwdriver and to be ready for all DIY jobs, you need a selection of both Philips (the ones with the crosshead) and Flathead designs, in a range of different sizes. As well as tightening screws, a screwdriver will also earn its keep by opening tins of paint, acting as a lever and picking up runaway screws.

Spanners and socket set


Whether it’s adjustable or a socket set, the spanner is a DIY stalwart. A spanner makes tightening or loosening nuts and bolts a much easier job, and the long handle enables you to get all the leverage you need. You can also get spanners and socket sets in a wide range of sizes – check out the latest selection at tool experts, ADA Fastfix.

Utility knife

From cutting lino and removing old caulk to slicing open boxes, a utility knife is an essential piece of DIY kit. With a retractable blade that can be replaced once it starts to go dull, the utility knife is easy to use and gives you precision when it comes to cutting lighter materials and marking up. The ubiquitous Stanley knife is one of the most popular brands, but there’s a good choice of alternatives on the market.



A toolbox classic, the claw hammer has many uses, from driving in new nails and pulling out old ones to knocking parts together, pulling up floorboards and doing a small demolition job. The standard claw hammer size is 12 ounces, and it should fit and weigh comfortably in your hand.


For the perfect finish on your DIY job, a spirit level will enable you to ensure everything is straight and successfully installed. Shelves, pictures, woodwork, flooring…the need to be straight cuts through most DIY jobs and a spirit level will let you know when it’s a job well done!

Tape measure


DIY can be a disaster if you don’t get your measurements right, which is why a tape measure easily makes our top 10 tools to own. For durability, opt for a tape measure with a spring-loaded casing and slide-grasp to get the most accurate measurements.


While a power saw is something to aim for, a simple but effective handsaw is always going to be an asset in any DIY toolbox. Quick and easy to use, a handsaw is perfect for those smaller jobs and is lightweight to carry around. If you do want to power up, a jigsaw is also a versatile piece of kit.


Pulling nails, cutting or twisting wire, loosening stubborn fasteners or giving you an extra grip when you need it, pliers are an inexpensive tool you will wonder how you ever lived without. Pick a couple of styles – adjustable, needle-nose and cutting are good – and you’ll have most plier DIY jobs covered.

Power drill


When it comes to electrical tools, a power drill should be at the top of the list as they make DIY so much easier. From drilling holes and working in screws to using extra drill bits to even sand and cut, power drills are often cordless and powered by rechargeable batteries for DIY convenience.

Safety gear

And finally, while not strictly tools, basic safety gear are DIY essentials for any toolbox. And they don’t have to be costly or elaborate – if you have a decent pair of safety goggles, a sturdy pair of gloves and ear protectors, you should have all the safe DIY bases covered.