Best Home Tools for DIY of 2012


With the new year here, it’s time to get to work on all of those projects you resolved to start (and finish!) last year. So, dust off your favorite tape of This Old House (if you still have a VHS player on hand, otherwise get out your latest issue of their magazine) and get ready to be the best DIYer on the block. Before you get started, make sure your tool box has one of each of the essential tools below – any of these tools can come in handy on virtually all at-home projects. Just remember the important rules of safety when using any tool in order to prevent accidents.

Power Tools

Cordless Drill

The cordless drill design has come a long way since its inception, when it practically seemed to have been made to collect moon samples by astronauts. Cordless drills today are lightweight, portable, and strong – they can tackle any project and cut your labor time to a minimum.

Corded Drill

Batteries make drills more portable, yet they die much faster than expected when you have been working all day on a project. Have a corded drill on hand to pick up when your battery dies from long hours of use, or for when you forget to charge the batteries on your cordless drills the night Home Toolsbefore.

Miter Saw

Miter saws are used in cutting angles and crosscuts into materials. These saws come in handy while doing any type of woodwork around the house.

Belt Sander

A belt sander is used on wood to smooth it down and prepare it for finishing. This tool features a motor that drives a seamless piece of sandpaper on a loop for perfect sanding.

Angle Grinder

Any job that requires grinding, cutting, or polishing is going to require that you have access to an angle grinder.

Air Compressor

An air compressor takes in air and compresses it to be delivered at a very high pressure through a hose to be the driving force behind hand tools. The tools that are specialized for this type of use typically include nail guns, impacts, staplers, spray guns, and sanders used around the house.

Hand Tools


Perhaps the most basic and essential of all tools – do not attempt to tackle any project without a hammer handy.

Measuring Tape

With almost any project around the house, just eyeballing and guessing measurements is going to lead to disaster. A good measuring tape can be used in virtually every project that requires cutting, gluing, and installing.


Levels come in many different sizes and styles but they all offer the same function – to determine at what point a surface is level. Basic levels use a straight edge with a liquid filled tube with a bubble inside that lines up when the surface is straight. Other levels use a laser beam to guide the user who is trying to find a straight line.


Portable lights are lifesavers when a project takes you into the night time hours or is set in a darkened area with no natural lighting.

What tools would you recommend for fellow DIYers?

Article Written by SimplyLili


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Bio: SimplyLili is a PhD student in Social Psychology, and the witty author of Essell Magazine; created to disperse knowledge on a plethora of psychological topics in a minimalist and relevant way. She is a self-proclaimed nerd, and her 3 fave things are blogging, rainy days, and pugs.



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