A list of 45 tools to have around the house. Some might be used all the time, others you will be glad you have when you need them.
1. Measuring Tape
Sure 10′ measuring tapes are nice, but 35′ will come in handy. Can’t go wrong with the classic Stanley Powerlock.
Easy choice for this list, but did you know some can cost more than $200? Check out Martinez Hammers for some of the best hammers on the planet. If you swing a hammer all day, this could save you shoulder or elbow surgery in the future.
3. Tool Belt
4. Gas Can
Ever get home from work and realize you don’t have enough gas to get back to the pump? Yeah, we’ve never done it either. No-Spill gas cans are perfect.
6. Stud Finder
If you’ve never used a stud-finder before, don’t worry, they’re super easy. Step 1: Turn on stud finder. Step 2: Get the attention of your significant other. Step 3: Point stud-finder at chest. Step 4: Making beeping noise.
Pliers come in handy all the time. It’s also the best tool to have on hand for every fisherman on the planet. Just make sure you have your pliers on a lanyard. It’s hard to find those things 35′ underwater.
8. Wire Strippers
Wire strippers are tools specially made for when you can’t seem to find your pliers. Did you know that electricians even use the tools to strip wires?
9. Lawn Mower
Are you battling for the best lawn in the neighborhood? Say no more, keep it simple with the Honda 21in. Push Mower.
10. Cordless Drill
If you really want to go big, there are tons of cordless combo kits out there to get you started on your cordless tools journey. But, if you want to keep it simple around the house we suggest a Milwaukee M12 Drill.
Lets set the record straight on a few things. #1: A grill is absolutely a tool, ask any Dad ever. #2: If you say “Charcoal grills make everything taste so much better” then you better have gone to culinary school. It’s the 21st century, check out the Char-Broil Electric Patio Bistro.
Completing tasks feels good because of the release of dopamine. Blowing your deck and driveway will make your day much better. Check out Milwaukee’s cordless blower.
13. Extension Cord
Everyone needs an extension cord, and there’s nothing wrong with the classic orange. It gets the job done. But if you invest a little more money then you can get a extension cord with lit ends. It might not seem like a big deal, but it’s one of those things you love when you have it.
Stop eyeballing it, just use the level already.
15. Pressure Washer
Even watching YouTube videos of people using pressure washers is mesmerizing. If you plan to sell your house, make sure you pressure wash everything that you can outside, it will look so much better after you’re done.
Keep it classic with the wooden handled spade shovel. Just don’t forget to wear gloves when you pull it out in the spring.
17. Tool Storage
You have to put all these tools somewhere. The Milwaukee PACKOUT has been all the craze lately.
The tool industry has done a major injustice to the screwdriver business. What happened to wooden handles? Who made the call to only make them out of rubber? Thankfully Felo stays true to their roots.
Shop Vac’s are to shop vacuums, as Kleenex is to facial tissue.
At #15 we had a pressure washer, and sometimes a hose can really come in handy with those things.
One word: Leatherman
We know most people make their own workbench, but if you’re ever interested in buying one Sjobergs Hobby Plus Bench 1340 is a great choice. It’s actually very comforting knowing you workbench is 100% flat.
So many options with chainsaws nowadays. How do you choose? Well, Husqvarna makes a 20 In. Chainsaw that even gets Tim the Tool Man Taylor excited.
Mr. Heater set the bar with their Portable Buddy Heater. Changing out those small propane tanks is so simple. This is our favorite companion when we’re out ice fishing or at the hunting shack.
No, we’re not talking about the box fans that they used to prop the gymnasium doors open in middle school. We’re talking about the Air Mover/Floor Dryer. These things go to work.
Don’t think lights can be cool? Check out DeWalt’s Cordless Tripod Light.
Your back will thank you later, look for a Flat Free Tire Wheelbarrow.
29. Voltage Detector
Takes all the fun out of the “Touch it” “No, you touch it” game.
Why do we painfully suffer through 10-year-old tarps that have holes in them? These things cost like as much as a meal at McDonald’s yet 95% of owned tarps have holes. Stop suffering.
31. Beverage Container
The classic DeWalt water cooler. Too bad it doesn’t come with pretzels and orange slices.
Even if you’re not a common woodworker, you will still find a use for clamps laying around the garage. Good news is that there’s an Irwin 4-Pack to have on hand.
DeWalts 20v Brushless String Trimmer is so accurate you could almost give the local neighborhood kids free high and tight haircuts.
“Just throw it in there for now”, stays there for 8 and 1/2 years.
You’ve wiped your hands on the same dirty old hand towel for how long? At this point, your hands are dirtier than before you tried wiping them off. Scott Rags in a Box is extremely underrated and comes in a 200 pack.
A jack isn’t just for cars, if one sits in your garage long enough you will find great uses for it. Sunex sells a very affordable 8 Ton Bottle Jack.
Sawhorses are great to have around, and Works created a pair that comes with clamps attached.
Sure we get weather on our phones, but you still put a clock on your wall. Why? Because it’s convenient. Check out Extech’s Indoor/Outdoor Thermometer.
Don’t let those bushes get out of control. Tame those beasts with Fiskars Hedge Shears.
40. Garbage Can
Just like the rag, the Brute 44 Gallon Trash Container doesn’t get the respect it deserves. You never think garbage cans are amazing until you have a great one.
41. Pry Bar
Some projects you try to be really delicate and make sure you don’t break anything. Other times you turn it up to 11 and grab a Vaughn pry bar and give it hell.
42. Storage Shelf
We know we already had “Storage” on the list, but the self is different. It’s constantly evolving the items it holds with the seasonal changes. DeWalt makes some heavy duty shelves.
Why are squares shaped like “L”?
44. Utility Knife
If you want to get fancy with it DeWalt calls theirs a “Folding Retractable Auto-Load Knife“. Touché.
45. 3-In-1 Breakfast Station
Okay, maybe this shouldn’t have made the list. But if breakfast is the most important meal of the day, then wouldn’t this 50’s Style 3-In-1 Breakfast Station be the most important tool on the list?