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Most commonly overlooked tools in a toolbox

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When you take a look at your toolbox, what do you see? There are probably plenty of exceptional mechanic tools in your toolbox, such as ratchets, torque wrenches, and impact drivers. However, it can be incredibly frustrating when the repair-related truck and SUV gear you need is missing.

It is imperative that you think carefully about what is in your toolbox, and what tools you might require for your next project. Take a look at the list below, because these tools should be in your toolbox, or already are, and you just can’t find them.

1. A hand saw

You probably have a utility knife that you use to cut through certain materials, but what happens if you need to cut through something a bit thicker or sturdier? A hand saw can come in an array of shapes and sizes and can be used to make small cuts quickly.

For example, you might be interested in a traditional hand saw, which has a blade that is approximately 2 feet long. Whereas a coping saw will be very thin, with a narrow blade that is attached at a right angle. And then there’s the old-fashioned hacksaw, which is usually used to cut through plastic and metal. Whatever you choose, make sure the saw you put in your toolbox is suitable for the task at hand.

2. Tape measure

There is a saying that you have to measure twice and cut once, so make sure you have a tape measure available. Although a digital device will get the job done, a tape measure still has its place, especially since you won’t need multiple people to take a measurement. Try to avoid using fabric tape, as it will eventually stretch over time, rendering it inaccurate. Furthermore, fabric tape is a hassle to store properly and is typically not magnetized like a measuring tape.

3. An old-fashioned level… with a laser!

An old-fashioned level is also important to have when amassing the contents of a toolbox. You might be tempted to use the app on your phone as a level, but an old-fashioned level is always going to be more accurate.

Extremely easy to use, this makes properly hanging picture frames a cinch, especially when outfitted with a laser level. Although it may seem like a hassle to use at first, laser levels are incredibly accurate and can reduce your chances of making a mistake.

4. Sandpaper

There are a lot of people who overlook sandpaper as a possible tool, but there is nothing wrong with cramming a few pieces into your toolbox. If the wall looks a little bit uneven, or if you have applied filler prior to some paint repair, you will want to smooth it out properly during the prep stage. Select a variety of different types of sandpaper in different grit levels, as it will not take up that much more additional space inside your toolbox.

5. Safety goggles and masks

Even though they might not be considered tools by some, masks and goggles are very important for DIY work. Safety should always be at the top of your priority list when working with tools, for nothing ruins the day like a trip down to the emergency room. Airborne debris may seem harmless, but it can do a real number on your eyes and lungs, especially after repeated exposure.  

A few more must-have tools for your toolbox

Your toolbox is only so large, so you need to make sure you have the right tools on hand. When you realize that you are missing a tool, be sure to add it to your toolbox. The trick is evaluating the different options in front of you and then deciding which tool is ideal for the project at hand.

Personal preference also plays a factor, so evaluate the benefits and drawbacks of each option before you decide which tools you plan to place inside your toolbox.

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