So what’s in your tool box? Today’s post is a list of minimal items that should be in your tool box…be it in the home, your vintage trailer or your garage. You will want to add to this depending on your needs.
#1 THE TOOLBOX Now here is your chance to think outside the box….sorry, I just had to…..rather than the sturdy metal or plastic variety, how about an old wood crate, an old metal lunch box, use your imagination, think wild….
Add a little color……
#2 A Hammer Chose a 16 oz. hammer for the best multipurpose use and you can remove a nail without marring the surface.
#3 Utility knife Works great for cutting carpet, wallpaper and other odds and ends. Some store the blades in the handle.
#4 Pliers A basic rubber coated handle pliers works well for most things but my favorite are clamping type (vise grips). They hold and can twist and turn, loosen, pull or grip anything. Needle nose pliers are almost great for small projects.
#5 A Tape Measure For all all round use, get at least a 25 foot retractable with a stop. It will be easy to read and won’t droop when pulled out a few feet.
#6 Screwdrivers Look for a ratchet style which will maintain steady pressure while twisting, with multiple bits. (I have to say my power screwdriver is my top favorite but doesn’t fit into my toolbox…but then again, it’s always in use.)
#7 Drill Buying a light weight cordless unit with at least 12 volts is a nice tool to have but I make do with my cordless power screw driver and add drill bits.
#8 Small Level A great tool for hanging frames, shelves and nick knacks. Add a sharp pencil too.
#9 A Scraper Find one that is multipurpose, a roller cleaner (curve on one side) a sharp point on one end and you will be able to scrape off old paint, glue, caulk, etc. and even clean your roller. I use it for everything. I would be lost without it.
#10 A Paint Can Opener Just the simple old bottle opener type…so handy…many use a screwdriver but that often ruins the lid or the screw driver (bits). If you don’t paint much, use the scraper as an opener.
#11 A Box of Asst. Screws This is a great starter kit, you can find them for every need…picture framing, repairs, etc.
Here’s my ‘Driving Ms. Daisy’ vintage trailer toolbox. It was a black vintage lunchbox. How’s that for sass?