Handyman Retirement Business suggested Tools
There is any number of tools that you might need for a job. First you will need a good small toolbox that you can carry to a job. Next you should have car or truck toolbox to store seldom used tools. The majority of tools you can leave at home in large toolboxes and only take with you for special jobs.
Here are some tool suggestions for your Small tool box
Stanley 018800R Mobile Work Center
- Large Bin for power tools, level and other large tools
- Easy mobility with large wheels
- Slide down door with easy snap shut
- Handle folds down for storage
- Portable tray for hand tools in top tool storage compartment
Order from Amazon Small Handyman Toolbox
- Get a regular normal hammer. Wood ones are cheaper but can break. A steel one is better.
- Multipurpose screwdriver set for both English (actually American) and metric.
- As mentioned a portable variable speed drill/screwdriver. Be sure to get one that is powerful enough. Also consider buying a spare battery. If you buy a corded one because it is cheaper you will still have to invest in a long power cord and, even then, some jobs just won’t have an outlet that you can use. You will probably find that a portable variable speed drill/screwdriver will be used in 80% of your jobs.
- Don’t forget to buy a good set of bits that won’t readily break. You need them for concrete, metal, and wood.
- You will need some measuring tools such as a small level, plumb line, triangle, tape ruler, and combination square.
- If you will be doing any work on door you will need chisels for mortising out hinges. Also you might need a cold chisel for cement, concrete, and tiles.
- In addition to a basic set of pliers get the large size for plumbing pipes and a needle nose for electrical work.
- If you will be installing anything electrical you will need a wire cutter/stripper, hacksaw, and tin snips.
- Drywall work requires a small woodcutting saw and a drywall knife.
Other miscellaneous tools include:
- An electrical 3 prong to 2 prong adapter, current checker or volt/ohm meter.
- Assorted grades of sandpaper.
- Don’t forget to stock up on these materials which always come in handy.
- Electrical tape, plumbing tape, masking, and duct tape.
- Glue for plastic, wood, and superglue.
- Metal file.
- Nail set.
- Paint brush.
- Power cord.
- Pry bar or crow bar.
- Small flashlight.
- Staple gun with staples.
- Vise grips both small and large.
- WD40 and 3-in-on oil.
And finally maybe a small 4-foot ladder. (Avoid jobs that require using any large ladder. You don’t want to fall at your age.)
As you get more experience, you will find yourself buying more and more specialized tools. You portable toolbox should carry on the essentials, in your car or truck you can put your bigger items and tools that you don’t use so often, and only take with you specialized tools when you need for a specific job. If you don’t organize your tools you will be wasting time going back to your home to pick up a needed forgotten tools.