31 Basic Tools From Walmart That Everyone Should Probably Have In Their Home
You're gonna be a pro before you know it.
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hole punch if your belts are always just slightly too big on you.
Promising review: "This does a nice job punching extra holes in belts which sure beats buying more belts! I've also used it to punch holes in gasket foam and rubber for sealing and mounting speakers onto their cabinet enclosures for a nice, professional look. A good tool to add to your toolbox." — JLASD
Price: $8.83 (originally $12.99)
hammer so you can hit the nail on the head every single time — the magnetic nail starter will make things much easier.
23-inch toolbox that'll keep all of your handy tools as neat and tidy as your handiwork.
Promising review: "This toolbox is easy to carry around and is super durable! It's extremely convenient to be able to organize all of my small parts as well as my tools!" — James
Price: $24.97 (originally $37.46)
utility knife with built-in blade storage because you won't want to *cut corners* when you're messing with sharp objects.
pair of leather gloves that'll keep your hands clean, dry, and safe.
Promising review: "If you're looking for a pair of gloves that are durable, yet pliable enough to pick up small objects, then look no further. They're genuine leather so they're supple and soft. I like that they are water-resistant because they keep my hands dry when I'm gardening. It feels like they're going to last a long time." — veroshopper
pair of safety glasses so you're not risking poking an eye out every time you try out a new power tool.
Promising review: "I bought these a couple of days ago. They don't slide, remain free of fog, and are very comfortable. I finished a project today and it wasn't until my wife busted up laughing at me that I realized I was still wearing them!" — Bmwollweber
mini tubing cutter because there's just no *getting around* the fact that no tool will make a chore easier than this one.
step ladder with two project trays and a paper towel holder so you can stay up there for ages.
Promising review: "I used my ladder for the first time today and was very pleased. It is light and balances easily with the side handle. The paper towel holder is a neat idea, too. I weigh 300 pounds and the ladder took my weight just fine and there was no bending or swaying. I would highly recommend this ladder." — CatLoverDad
Price: $133.66 (originally $159.99)
step stool in case your home is way too small for you to have a massive ladder hanging around.
Promising review: "I have this step stool hanging behind our laundry door and it has a very slim profile. It is very sturdy and solid. It's perfect!" — Frank Paul
Price: $34.85 (originally $39.99)
oscillating tool kit with 10 accessories and a carrying bag that'll *cut* the time it takes to finish those projects you've been dragging your feet on.
Promising review: "We bought a foreclosure to remodel and this tool has been my go-to for the project. We originally bought this in order to cut door trim for flooring, but have found so many other uses for it: plunge-cutting for electrical boxes, trimming off old linoleum, removing bad pieces of drywall and trim, etc. Thanks so much for a great tool that has enough power to get the job done!" — Loriw
pair of pliers so you won't have to call a plumber every time you have a leaky pipe.
Promising review: "These work really well for such a compact pair of pliers." — Mark
level because all of your art and floating shelves will probably be crooked if you don't use it.
Promising review: "It's huge and bright so you can't lose it. It's amazing and cheap!" — Bailey
Price: $5.86 (originally $7.86)
electronic stud finder so you can find the partner of your dreams... JK, but seriously, you'll need it if you're planning to hang anything heavier than a picture frame on the wall.
Promising review: "This stud finder is surprisingly easy to use. We have standard drywall and it works right out of the package. The screen detects the middle of the stud as well as the edges of the wood. It's not overloaded with options that require you to read pages of instructions. It's one of those tools that you don't know you need it until you have it." — Snowballsmama
stud finder that'll also detects pipes, wires, metal studs, and movement (if you suspect that you have critters living behind the drywall).
Promising review: "I have owned a lot of stud finders over the past 50 years, and none of them have been very accurate or easy to use. Once you get the hang of it, this Walabot is amazing. You can find everything in the wall or ceiling before starting a project. I have used it 20 times so far and it's always spot-on — it's the king of wall X-ray! I love my Walabot and always carry it in my truck." — rbrotsu
Price: $49.95 (originally $74.95)
detail sander so you can buff out all of the rough edges.
Promising review: "I bought this for detail work on small pieces of wood and gourds. It seems to be doing the trick for me. It collects the dust and doesn't vibrate a lot. I would recommend this product to anyone who needs something small." — Kathyj
Price: $26.78 (originally $39)
framing and palm nailer kit because you're not going to be able to pull off larger projects with your humble hammer.
Promising review: "I am really impressed with the quality of this nail hammer. It completed the job I was working on without any issues — not a single nail jam or anything. It is much more durable than I expected it to be for the money it cost. Now that I've got some experience with it and can see how easy it is to use, I'm going to get a lot more use out of it than I originally expected. It has joined my list of favorite tools." — Dennis
Price: $90.88 (originally $109)
tape measure with a magnetic end hook that'll certainly come in *handy,* even if you're not.
Price: $8.93 (originally $16.27)
laser measure if you're going to be measuring really large spaces and need to be really exact about it.
Promising review: "Although you can't replace a tape measure or wheel in every application, this laser is a lifesaver. I use it in indoor applications to measure kitchens, bathrooms, ceilings, walls, and floors. It doubles as a laser pointer which is helpful for pointing things out to customers, too! I love this thing and I don't know how I lived without it!" — mikeyd3md
two-pack of folding sawhorses so that you won't put a limb at risk whenever you pull out the saw.
Promising review: "I do maintenance in a college town and go up and down stairs all day. This sawhorse is nice and compact, so it's easy to take it along with me." — Johnnyonit
drill that'll make you feel like a pro even if you've never used one before.
Promising review: "My husband loves this drill so much, I bought him a second one so he could have one for the garage. I really like the fact that it has a light on it because it makes it easier to see what you're doing. I also really like that it comes with a second battery. Black + Decker rocks!" — Barbie
Price: $59.99 (originally $74.82)
10-piece screwdriver set so you'll never end up stripping a screw because you didn't have the right tip.
Promising review: "This is a great set of quality screwdrivers. They feel sturdy in my hand and the rounded end is comfortable even when I have to put a little extra weight into a job. It has a nice assortment of sizes, so I always have the right tool for the job. The tips are crisp, the handles are comfortable, and the price is excellent." — Patricia
Promising review: "It's so much easier to have one handy tool that can handle all of my projects around the house." — HouseTool
staple gun you'll become really *attached* to once you see what it can do.
Price: $17.74 (originally $19.97)
30-piece hex key wrench set because I seriously doubt you'll be able to find the wrench that came with your Ikea headboard when you move out... you're not going to be able to get it through the door without one!
Promising review: "These are good quality Allen wrenches in a convenient carrying case. When I tried to loosen some rusted screws, my other Allen wrenches would just slip and twist. With these, I was able to apply more pressure without slipping or twisting. I am happy with this set." — Crispy2k9
circular saw with a laser guide that'll light the way to the perfect cut.
Promising review: "This is a great circular saw to have in your tool shed. It's my first and I use it around the house for basic home improvement projects. It's very easy to use with plenty of power and a sharp blade that makes cutting through lumber a breeze." — Stevil
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hand saw if power tools usually make you nervous.
Promising review: "Do you need an inexpensive saw that cuts almost any type of wood? This saw can do that. In fact, I've managed to cut wood studs, boards, and even natural wood and it still roars like new, thanks to its aggressive design pattern. It's also a short saw at 15 inches, so you don't have to worry about the blade wobbling sideways." — John
wall-mounted work table so your equipment won't take up the entire garage.
Promising review: "I have a single-car garage so I'm tight for space. This work table was exactly what I needed. It is larger and more convenient than I expected and it came with plenty of storage hooks. I can fit a lot of tools in and on top of the table. It is solid and well-built. I would recommend this to anyone who wants a foldaway work station. The convenience of it has me working on projects more regularly." — Justin
digital caliper for when working on a smaller scale where every fraction of a centimeter counts.
Promising review: "I purchased this for my husband who works on small engines. He was impressed and really liked that it came with a nice case and good batteries." — Tiffany
Price: $9.49 (originally $11.11)
6-outlet surge protector because you'll want to take good care of your electric tools.
Promising review: "With the surge protection, six plugs, and the light for surge confirmation, this is a great plug." — Odin
Price: $7.29 (originally $9.97)
torque wrench so fixing up your car won't be absolute *torque-ture.*
Promising review: "This torque wrench works very well, and is simple to use. This is the only torque ratchet most mechanics need." — Leo
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