Building & Renovating

9 Must-Have Tools for Minor Home Repairs

Get ready to deal with broken furniture, creaky doors, and more


Every homeowner must stock up on the right tools in case of minor hiccups like leaky pipes and broken furniture legs.

Here are nine essential tools that you must have inside your toolbox! Doing minor home projects will be much easier with these items.

Material from Real Living's Handy Hints and Instant Makeovers: 35 Easy Home Projects (2010). To view other Real Living Home Ideas Books, visit

Nails, Hooks, Screws 

Have on hand both 1-inch finishing nails and 1-1/2-inch common nails for quick repairs, and hooks and screws for mounting artworks.

These small helpers can easily clutter your toolbox, so group them together in drawer organizers.

Gloves and Goggles

Even if you're only doing minor fix-its, there's nothing to lose if you prioritize safety by wearing these.

Daiken Safety Goggles, TrueSafe Safety Gloves, Handyman


Opt for a set of screwdrivers for a complete stash. If you're buying per piece, make sure to purchase Philips and the flat-head type.

All-in-one Screwdriver, Handyman


Look for a blade that's fit for general purposes to be able to cut through tough materials such as metal and even wood.

Daiken Hack Saw, Daiken Hand Saw, Handyman


Stock up on claw hammers in either 8-oz or 16-oz weights. Make sure you pick the right type that is suitable for pounding and pulling out nails.  

Buffalo 16-oz Claw Hammer and Lotus 8-oz Claw Hammer, Handyman

Staple Gun 

To install screens or attach upholstery, this tool is quite handy.

Lotus 3-Way Staple Gun, Handyman


Bend and cut wires and similar materials with pliers, which come in three kinds: long-nose, diagonal, and combination.

Long-nose Pliers, Diagonal Pliers, Combination Pliers, Handyman

Tape measure

It's crucial to be precise in getting measurements, precisely why it's important to have this on standby.

Stanley 8m Tape Measure, Handyman


Worried that your mounted artwork is askew? This tool, with air bubbles in liquid vials make sure the object is aligned.

Buffalo Handy Level, Handyman

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