9 Must Have Tools Men Should Own in 2018

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Having lived alone, with a partner and now with my own family, I know through experience how necessary it is to have my own tools for when those necessary jobs around the house need to be addressed. You may think that a claw hammer and screwdriver will be the only necessary tools that you’ll require but you’d be wrong.

Yes, they are the most popular tools and will probably be used more than any other, but what about those plumbing mishaps. I’m sure you’ve seen adverts or sitcoms where water starts spurting from the kitchen tap. So, how will a hammer help you in this situation? You’d be hard pressed to find any plumbing issue where a hammer will fix the issue.

So, keeping a set of essential tools about the house is crucial to keeping your house or appartment in good order. If you consider yourself a bit of a handyman, your tool kit will grow considerably over time with tools required for specific jobs.

Below is a brief buyer guide that will help advise you on a few things to consider before making a purchase. Once you’ve read it, check out our 9 essential must have tools men should own.

Must Have Tools Buying Guide

With varying types of hand tools, there’s so many aspects we could talk about to be aware of. We’ll go over a few of them for some of the most common tools you’ll require at home.


Your hammer for instance will want to last and be great for general use. Every man needs a hammer and it may just become your best mate. When we talk about obtaining a must have hammer for home, we mean a claw hammer. You know, the type you can pull nails up with when they bend or are not aligned correctly. Not a mallet or sledge hammer.

All good hammers have a head weight and we suggest anywhere from 16oz to 20oz. to be a nice size for general home use. Another aspect of hammers is the face. Some hammers have a milled face which tends to be rigid. This is often used as a framing hammer, so I wouldn’t recommend it. Although a great aspect of the milled face is that it prevents the nail head from slipping off the face, it can also leave imprints on timber that you don’t want.

A smooth face hammer is ideal for general everyday use, there’s no need to pretend to be a tradesman if you are not. Obviously, you’ll need a rip claw on the rear of the hammer head. The other thing to keep in mind is handle length. Cheaper claw hammers have shorter handles, so I’d pay the extra few dollars for a longer handle, 15-17inches is what your after. A longer handle will cause you less strain on your wrist.


As you’re probably be aware, there’s two main types of screw-heads amongst others. The ‘Slotted-Head’ (or flat-head) and the ‘Philips-Head’. So, it makes sense to have two different screw drivers. There’s also the option to have a single screw driver with changeable heads. Although this may seem more logical, they tend to be more clunky to use and the heads can fall out. It may be an idea to have one of these as a backup to you main screwdriver.

I’m going to suggest getting a ‘Philips-Head’ screwdriver as your first point of call as you’d probably use this more often (unlike the old days). But I’d also suggest purchasing a ‘Flat-Head’ screwdriver also as this is your next most common type of screw-head. In-fact a screwdriver set would ideal with various heads types and sizes. Another great idea is to keep a screwdriver in your car, mine has helped me out countless times.

Now different screws have various size indentations ranging from 0-25. So, if you’re only purchasing your first screwdriver you’ll want one that fits a general size, not too large or too small. From this list of screw head sizes, you’ll want the screwdriver that fits the most common ones, so I’d suggest the #2. This #2 screw driver will fit screw numbers 5-9.

You can also get long and short handle screwdrivers which all come in handy for different types of jobs. To start with I’d suggest a general 8-inch long screwdriver that will suit most jobs.

Measuring Tape

Do not buy a 2.5-meter measuring tape, you’re setting yourself up to fail any handyman job from the start. Can you image trying to measure a lounge room to buy a new furniture piece? Your lounge room could be 5-6 meters long!

So, I’d suggest a 7.5m minimum measuring tape which will be more than adequate for just about any job. There’s also a couple of features to look for when acquiring a new measuring tape. A magnetic hook is a great idea for those times when you’re working alone. You can also benefit from a heavy-duty case so that if you drop your tape measure, it will withstand the impact.

One other thing to make sure of, is that the measuring tape should have the correct measurement indicators that you’ll be working in. For instance, Inches in the USA, millimetres in the UK or Australia. Often, you’ll find both imperial and metric measurements which is ideal.


Of course, there’s things to be aware of with other tools that one requires at home, but we won’t go into all of them. But let me give you a tip. Never buy the cheapest. You generally get what you pay for and I’d suggest doing a little due diligence before you purchase your next useful tool. It’s slao often best to look for a name brand such as Makita, DeWalt or Craftsman.

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