Perhaps it is cliché to think that all men need to own some sort of tools. While it is not fair to judge the men, who do not, it is always wise to have a few tools around the home. After all, you do not want to have to constantly borrow someone else’s equipment to get a simple task accomplished. That is why, no matter how much of a construction enthusiast you are, you should have the following tools present in your household.
Alright, so safety goggles are not an exactly an exciting way to kick this list off. However, it only takes one slip-up for you to have permanent eye damage. It may seem unnecessary for smaller tasks, but you never know what may happen when you are dealing with materials that can cause eye damage. It is also not as if you need to spend an arm and a leg for them; as a basic pair will do the trick.
Outside of a screwdriver, there is not more of a staple tool than a wrench. However, there are several different variations. Depending on how much you think you will use one, you could spring for an adjustable wrench, torque wrench, pipe wrench, or socket wrench. As wrenches are designed to tighten and loosen a variety of nuts and bolts (and that many household items are held up by them), it is wise to at least get an adjustable wrench. With this, you could tighten loose pipes (if it is big enough), tables, chairs, etc. For those of you who are looking to often partake in construction, it would be in your best interest to spend a little more money on a torque or socket wrench (as they are much easier to use).
It is perhaps the most convenient tool you will ever own in your life, the cordless drill. Not only does it allow you to drill through surfaces (wood, drywall, plastic, metal, etc.), it also provides a much easier way to tighten and loosen screws. Compared to its corded-comrades, there also is no need to worry about a cord obstructing the way (or not being portable). If you only had one tool to have for the rest of your life, make it a cordless drill.
There will be times where you need to cut or trim various types of sheets. Whether this is plastic, aluminum, rubber, metal or copper snips will do the trick perfectly. There are different variations, and they depend on what level you want to use them. If you imagine they will be used weekly, you could spend a couple of extra bucks and get a pair that indicates what types of cuts they are designed for. Or, you could settle for a traditional pair of utility snips (which will more than suffice).
Much like many of the other tools on this list, saws come in many different forms. Of course, each one accommodates different situations. You have a traditional hand saw, circular saw, reciprocating saw, and table saw, just to name a few. The best one to have in your home would probably be a reciprocating saw, as it accommodates more situations (using a small straight blade). On the contrary, if you want a little more power then choose a table saw (or bench saw). As opposed to reciprocating, table saws do all the work for you and are brilliant for construction. However, if you decide to invest in one, it is important to understand every aspect of the blades being used by a table saw as they can make or break a project.
Did you ever wonder what the point of math class was when you were in school? Chances are, you thought you would never have a reason to apply it to the “real world”. For any sort of home renovation or construction, 99 percent of the time a tape measure will be used. Now, you do not need to understand Sin, Cosine, and Tangent to properly use this tool. Simple math will get the job done. Even for non-constructive type projects, a tape measure can come in handy. For example, if you are planning on moving a heavy piece of equipment to another location. Instead of finding out that it will not fit in your trunk after you have already hauled it outside, do measurements beforehand to ensure it will fit.
For men, this is a pretty good start. Obviously, this list could go on for hours and hours. Again, the essentials you need all depend on how much you believe you will use them. The special aspect of tools is that each one is designed to accomplish different tasks. If you pick up each tool on this list, though, you should be set for most situations.