EHH Blog 1: Survival Hand Tool Kit

Have you ever started a project and realized you can’t find the tool you need? Whether you live in a home or are an apartment dweller, there is a basic set of tools you should always have in your tool box. I’ve created a guide to help you assemble the ultimate survival hand tool kit so everything you’ll need is always in one place.

Rule of Thumb

We all have little things that need doing around the house. Fixing odds and ends, tightening loose door knobs, hanging pictures.

Assembling a set of tools to keep around the house can save you time and money. My first rule of thumb is to buy the best grade tools you can afford, in the long run it will cost less than replacing inferior ones. My second rule is to have a place to store the tools properly and where they can be easily found….tool box, or a bucket organizer. And the third rule is to take care of them and keep them clean.

The Ultimate Tool Kit

Now, what to assemble first:

  • A nice cordless drill/ screwdriver, with a small drill bit kit
  • A general purpose carpenters’ hammer
  • A selection of nails and screws…these are available in ready made assortments
  • A set of picture hanging hardware…these are inexpensive and contain all the odds and ends for most picture hanging. If you’re planning on hanging any pictures soon, check out our video on How to Hang Wall Art the Right Way the First Time!
  • A small level, called a torpedo level
  • A cross cut handsaw
  • Measuring tape
  • Pliers
  • Adjustable wrench
  • A couple of screw drivers, both Phillips and slotted
  • WD40 for things that stick that shouldn’t
  • Duct tape for things that should stick but don’t
  • And a tool box, or handy bucket organizer…I keep a set of tools in a bucket organizer and just carry it to the project…its got everything I need and saves running back and forth for tools. They are all right there.

And when you are ready to add more, here’s another short list:

  • Utility knife
  • Sanding block and a selection of grits
  • Light oil
  • Wood glue
  • An awl
  • A few simple spring loaded clamps
  • And lastly, a hack saw and blades

I hope this gets you started and inspired to tackle some of the light repairs around the home. Feel free to email or call if you have a question or a topic you need more information on. I’d be glad to assist you in getting pre-approved for a home loan or refinance. Be sure to check out my Easy Home Hacks channel on YouTube for more DIY and life hack tutorials. Thanks for reading and have a great day.