14 Must-Have Tools For Every Handyman Tool Kit

A great tradie, no matter how skilled they are, will never complete a job without proper tools. Since a handyman is known for performing a wide range of jobs, many wonder what tools are included in their handyman tool kit?

There are actually 14 tools that every handyman keep on their tool kit, and these tools are based on the popular jobs they performed. These tools are listed as follows:

Carpentry Jobs

Carpentry tools are always present in a handyman tool kit because most of the problems around the house contain carpentry works. Furniture assembly or repair, hanging of frames (art pieces or pictures), window/door repairs and fencing are just some of it.

With this reason, the handyman always keeps the following tools on their tool kit:

1. Hammer

There are 20+ types of hammer available nowadays. But the hammer that best fit the needs of a handyman is a curved-claw hammer. This may be a traditional choice of the hammer, but it is reliable to use on numerous general work.

In buying the curved-claw hammer, handymen always consider the weight and its’ design. The weight must be light, but sturdy. While for its’ design, it must have a slip-resistant feature and comfortable to hold.

With these requirements, the curved-claw hammer that they must include on their handyman tool kit weighs between 16 to 24 ounce with metal head and a rubber handle.

If the handyman you’ve hired can perform demolition jobs as well, it’s a must for them to have a straight claw hammer.

2. Measuring Tape and marking tools

Getting the right measurement is one factor to guarantees success on every job. This will never be a problem because they always keep a measuring tape and marking tools on their handyman tool kit.

3. Level

From the name itself, the tool’s purpose is to determine if the surface the handyman work on is level or plumb. Also, this tool helps the handyman ensure that the cuts they are about to make are straight.

A handyman commonly uses the traditional level. But for carpentry, they prefer using the carpenter’s level on their handyman tool kit as this offers more precision compared to the traditional one.

4. Screwdriver set

Whether building or assembling/disassembling wooden furniture, the screwdriver is the tool that can securely lock the screws in.

Most handymen owned one screwdriver type and that is the Phillips screwdriver. But since every house is unique, they decide to include the complete screwdriver set on their handyman tool kit. The set usually comes with pozidrive bits, slotted bits, Torx bits, internal hex bits, nutsetters, drywall bits and more.

5. Handsaw or Cordless circular saw

Cutting wood made easy using a saw. The standard choice of handymen is the handsaw with a cross-cut blade. But there are some handymen who enjoy the flexibility of a cordless circular saw.

6. Power Drill

A power drill is one of the handyman tools that serve multiple purposes. The most common is effectively drilling holes on wood, concrete, and steel. But handymen also use this as a screwdriver, mixing paint or concrete, and more.

Gardening Jobs

Everyone may not be aware, but there are gardening jobs that can be performed by a handyman. Few of these jobs are mowing, cleaning the gutter, rubbish removal and building a new plant bed. For these jobs, the tools that they always keep on their handyman tool kit are the following:

7. Garden Trowel

Garden trowel is effective in digging small holes, removing deep-rooted weeds, and transferring young plants from garden beds to pots, or vice versa.

8. Pruning Shears

A handyman can perform pruning as long as the task involves small stems, fruit or flower picking, and removal of dead leaves. For these jobs, the sharp pruning shear is the tool they keep on their handyman tool kit.

9. Garden Claw

Handymen primarily use the garden claw to loosen, aerate, and cultivate the soil. But it can also be used in removing weeds or leaves.

10. Rake or Leaf vacuum

The standard tool that handymen use in cleaning leaves around the house is a rake. This is indeed effective. But nowadays, there are some handymen who prefer to use a leaf vacuum as it saves more time.

Electrical Jobs

Electrical-related problems are dangerous and complex by nature. But there few jobs that a handyman can perform even without proper permit or licence.

11. Electrical Tester

Handyman uses this tool to determine whether a power outlet is working or not.

12. Electrical Tape

Exposed wires from an electrical cord are one of the most common electrical problems around the house. If the homeowners hire a handyman for this job, what they can do to solve this is by covering it fully with electrical tape.

Important Note: This is only applicable if the exposed wires are undamaged.

13. Wire Strippers

Whenever the main covering of the electrical wires is damage, part of the handyman’s repair process is to remove the damaged covering. Also, this is to check if the wires are damaged. This can be done using wire strippers.

14. Pliers

There are 2 types of pliers included in the handyman tool kit: standard pliers and needle nose pliers. The standard pliers’ purpose is to firmly hold an object; while the needle nose pliers are used to bend, cut, or grip a wire.

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