For some, the garage is their personal sanctuary, and listing basic tools isn’t needed. They are well beyond that. However, for others, that might not be some handy or just don’t have anything yet, where should you start? There are hundreds of tools on the market, so if you are looking to at least have the basics, here are 10 tools every garage should have.

  1. Screwdrivers (Philips & Flathead)

    Phillips screwdrivers have crossed heads, one thick and one thin. While, Flathead screwdrivers consist of a single, flat blade that fits in the single slot of traditional screws. It’s a good idea to have both screwdrivers handy for working with various styles of screws.

  2. Tape Measure

    There are countless uses for a tape measure around the home and in the garage, such as measuring room space, wooden boards, and windows for your drapes.

  3. Pliers

    Pliers are used for any job that you can’t do on your own or when it is too difficult to grip with your fingers. You may use pliers for bending metal and wire, cutting zip ties, and pulling nails out of wood.

  4. Level

    A level serves as your go-to for hanging perfectly straight and even objects on the wall. You will probably end up using it for hanging storage cabinets, televisions, pictures, and more.

  5. Hammer

    It probably goes without saying, but you will want to add a hammer into the mix. You’ll need it for driving and pulling nails, forging metal, and breaking apart objects.

  6. Utility Knife

    Utility knives are designed to be easy to carry and use. They are best suited to trim plastic or wood materials or to cut tape, cord, strapping, cardboard, or other packaging material.

  7. Adjustable Crescent Wrench

    You will also need a wrench or two. The adjustability of the crescent wrench allows it to be used on many different sizes of bolts. For the most part, you will use this tool for auto and bicycle repairs.

  8. Hex Key Tool (or Allen key)

    Allen key tools are used to fasten bolts and screws with hexagonal sockets in their heads. You can use this tool when assembling furniture, fixing bicycles, and even picking a lock.

  9. Power Drill

    If you want to invest a little more money into your power drill, cordless is the ultimate luxury. Electric drills are perfect for installing large picture hangers or making furniture. It’s easier than ever to make a hole in wood, plastic, or even metal.

  10. Extension Cord

    Extension cords are great for freedom of movement when using power tools. Some extension cords can give you up to an additional 150 feet. Just be sure to purchase an outdoor cord that is equipped to handle larger tools and equipment.

Stop by Cape Ace Hardware this season for all of your garage essentials or tool questions. Our staff is friendly and knowledgeable and ready to help you find all your supplies.