Essential Tools for DIY Projects
To buy: Crescent two-piece adjustable wrench set, 6-inch and 10-inch, $20.*
*All items throughout are available at homedepot.com unless otherwise noted.
To buy: Klein Tools 12-piece hex-key set, $19.50.
To buy: Rubbermaid 10-quart round bucket, $7.
To buy: Ryobi 12-volt drill, $49.
To buy: Mag-lite four-cell D aluminum flashlight, $20.
To buy: Workforce claw hammer, $6, Home Depot and hardware stores.
To buy: QEP extra-large scrubbing sponge, $3.
A disposable mask will keep you from breathing in dust when you sand or drill.
To buy: Kimberly Clark N95 Sanding Mask, $5, Home Depot and hardware stores.
To buy: Purdy 3-Pack Brush Set, $20.
To buy: Scotch-Blue Painter’s Masking Tape for Faux & Decorative Surfaces, 1-inch width, $5.50.
To buy: Husky 6-in-1 Screwdriver, $6.
To buy: General Tools 10-inch Hawk one-hand ratcheting pipe wrench, $20.50.
To buy: Irwin 10-inch Quick Adjusting Groovelock Pliers, $15.
To buy: Crescent 9-Inch Pro Series Long-Nose Pliers, $15.
To buy: Hyde Tools 10-in-1 Painter’s Tool, $8.
To buy: AO Safety general-purpose safety glasses, $6.
Gauge the degree of roughness by your project: Fine grit is ideal for finishing or smoothing a surface; coarse grit is for removing material.
To buy: Sandpaper in various grits is available at Home Depot and hardware stores.
You’ll need a sharp pair to cut everything and anything from plastic packaging to thick tulip stems.
To buy: Klein Tools Broad Blade Utility Shear, $28.
Screws and Nails
To buy: Pick up an assortment of both at Home Depot or a hardware store.
To buy: Stanley 25-foot Maxsteel Tape Measure, $15, Home Depot and hardware stores.
To buy: Husky Autoblade Utility Knife, $10.
If you’ve ever jammed, hammered, or pricked your fingers, you know why sturdy gloves are important.
To buy: Youngstown Glove Company General Utility Plus Performance Glove, $22, amazon.com.