Having a toolbox is important for every home. Even if you don’t use them for years, that one day they come in handy will make it worth the investment. You’ll be prepared for emergencies and can learn to do your own DIY fixes around the house to save money. To help you get stocked up, we’ve collected a list of 17 inexpensive and essential tools that you should invest in now.

1. WD40

Only one of the most useful sprays you’ll ever own. This will stop anything from sticking, jamming or catching.

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2. A Tape Measure

A good stainless steal extendable tap measure will come to your aid an ‘immeasurable’ number of times.

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4. A Compact Wrench

Need to tighten a washer? Unscrew a nut? Feel like you know what you’re doing? The compact wrench is your friend in all of these situations.

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3. A Glue Gun

You may think of the glue gun as specifically a crafty tool, but once you have one you’ll find a multitude of uses for this handy piece of kit.

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5. Pliers

If you need to get a grip, this is the tool for you.

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6. Hammer

It’s a classic tool for a reason, don’t be without one!

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7. Plunger

When you need a plunger, you really need a plunger… Don’t wait until it’s too late.

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8. Tarp

Cheap and practical a tarp can be anything from an impromptu garden tent to a painting floor cover.

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9. Leatherman Multitool

If the name multitool hadn’t already tipped you off to how useful this is, then we can confirm that this is a worthwhile investment.

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10. Ladder

Whether you’re tall or small, there’s always going to be something out of reach. Be prepared for those moments with a ladder.

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11. Sugru

What can’t it do?

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12. Drain Snake

It’s disgusting seeing what collects in the drains, but it’s better than leaving it there and cheaper than calling a plumber.

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13. Bungee Cords

A good collection of various-sized bungee cords will set you in good stead for the future.

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14. Bucket

There’s always a use for a good, sturdy bucket.

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15. Small Torch

When all the lights cut and you’re trying to find that tiny thing under the sofa, a teeny torch could be your saving grace.

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16. All-in-one screwdriver/screwdriver set

From tiny screws to full-sized screws, you can unscrew them all.

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17. Screw/nail set

And finally, for when you need to screw or nail those things back together again.

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If you’ve enjoyed learning what essential tools your toolbox needs and feel inspired to do more DIY, have a look at some of our how-to articles. Put those essential tools to use by making a laptop stand or plastic bottle greenhouse.

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