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Stocking Your Toolbox with Essential Hand Tools

Keep your garage or toolbox stocked with all the essential hand tools you need to complete the projects on your list. A great collection of hand tools is a foundation for any workspace. The Home Depot provides a huge selection of essential hand tools to choose from, making it easy to set up a first toolbox or complete an already-extensive collection.

Basic Hand Tools Every Home Needs

Whether you're installing curtain rods, hanging pictures on the wall, or making simple repairs around the home, there's a list of hand tool essentials you need to have on hand to get the job done right.

  • Drill
  • Pliers
  • Level
  • Hammer
  • Hand Saw
  • Stud Finder
  • Wrench Set
  • Cutting Tools
  • Tape Measure
  • Screwdriver Set
  • Sockets & Ratchets

Additional Hand Tools for the Project Enthusiast

Hand tools aren't just for the occasional do-it-yourselfer, they are also an essential part of any professional's tool belt. When you are working on projects on a regular basis, there are some additional hand tools you should have on hand. These specialized hand tools help you provide professional results with every project:

  • Axes
  • Pry Bars
  • Glue Guns
  • Staple Guns
  • Laser Levels
  • Files & Planes
  • Marking Tools
  • Clamps & Vices
  • Torque Wrench
  • Splitting Wedges
  • Chisels & Punches

Features to Look for in Hand Tools

Hand tools are available in a wide range of construction and quality options. When selecting hand tools that will provide reliable performance, there are a few things to take into consideration:


You are going to hold these tools by hand. Make sure they feel good as you work. Tools with contoured and padded handles will provide the comfort you need while you're working. Make sure the grip you choose has non-slip properties.


The construction of a tool can vary greatly by price point. Invest in a tool that is built to last from the beginning, and it will be part of your toolbox for many years to come. Take a moment when selecting your tools to really look at the construction of the pieces.

Storage & Organization

When it comes to stocking up your tool collection, choosing large sets helps ensure that you have the items you need for all those little jobs around the home. Many screwdriver, socket, and wrench sets come in a storage case that makes it easy to keep all the components organized between uses. This is especially important when you are just starting your collection and don't have a large toolbox or storage solution.


Compatibility and versatility are important when you're building up your selection of hand tools. Sometimes, tools can feature a single base and offer a lot of accessories that fit on that base. When you find a tool brand you love, stick with the same brand for all your hand tool essentials to create a cohesive collection.

Add Storage with Toolboxes

All your new hand tools are going to need a new place to go. There are toolboxes in a wide range of sizes. Small toolboxes are great for in the back of the car or for small apartments. For your home, large rolling tool storage carts make a great option.

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