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19 Tools Every Man Should Have In His Garage

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‘Fill Your Garage with Useful Tools’

I’ve seen firsthand how useful garage space can be. It’s the go-to place for many of the items people use every day starting with the family car. I took some time to consider the most useful tools that a person can have in his garage. Here’s what I came up with. Enjoy!

19 Tools Everyman Should Have in His Garage

  1. A Tape Measure . You can use a tape measure to measure everything from the walls of a room to a piece of wood needed for a project. The measuring tape slides back into the device making it compact and easy to store.
  2. A Flashlight . With a trusty flashlight on a shelf in the garage, you can have an immediate supply of light no matter what you’re doing. A flashlight can help you see what’s dripping beneath your car or find the creature that’s making all those scratching noises beneath your front porch. It can also be the go-to light whenever the electricity goes off!
  3. A Screwdriver . A gathering of screwdrivers in the garage is a benefit whenever a small repair job comes up around the house. You may need a Philips head screwdriver to tighten a few screws on a door hinge or a flathead screwdriver to open the battery door on the back of a radio.
  4. A Utility Knife . This is a small metal knife with a blade that slides in and out of the device. It’s helpful in cutting cardboard, rope and more.
  5. Pliers . A pair of pliers is used to grip an item such as a nail or screw. You may need a pair of pliers to pull a loose nail out of a wall or loosen a bolt.
  6. A Garden Shovel . A simple garden shovel with a wooden handle can take care of many minor digging tasks. You can use it to dig up a small root growing in your yard or dig holes to plant a gathering of flowers in the springtime.
  7. A Cordless Drill . This is one of the handiest tools on my list. Keep it charged up and it can greatly reduce the time you spend on simple jobs. Use a cordless drill to loosen and take out screws that are in door hinges, kitchen cabinet handles, phone jacks, etc.
  8. A Handsaw. You should have at least one small saw in the garage for a task that involves cutting wood. You may want to trim the length of a board for a project or take down a few low-hanging branches on a tree in your yard.
  9. A Collection of Nails . Nails come in all sizes. They are helpful when you want to hang a picture, secure a board that is coming loose on the porch or hang up a new tool rack in the garage!
  10. An Adjustable Wrench . This is a versatile tool that is tremendously helpful in tackling small household repairs. An adjustable wrench can be used to loosen the bolt on an outside spigot in order to fix a leak or tighten a bolt on a pipe underneath a bathroom sink.
  11. A Windshield Scraper . A windshield scraper is a plastic device with a thin edge used to remove ice from a car’s windshield. Even if you don’t get snow and ice where you live, you may get a layer of frost that needs to be removed from your windshield before it’s safe to drive.
  12. A Portable Car Battery Charger . This device can charge a dead car battery. It’s useful especially if there are no other cars around to jump a dead battery.
  13. A Ladder. You don’t have to paint houses for a living to justify having a reliable aluminum step ladder. I’ve found that an eight foot ladder can be helpful when you want to change a light bulb located near the ceiling or check out the condition of your gutters.
  14. A Hammer. I’ve found that there always seems to be a stray nail around the house or on the property that needs to be pounded in. A claw hammer is handy to have in the garage whether you want to fix the leg on a kitchen chair, build a birdhouse or take care of some DIY jobs around the house.
  15. A Bubble Level. The bubble in this level helps you determine if an object is perfectly straight. It proves helpful whether you’re building new kitchen cabinets or hanging a picture on the wall.
  16. A Pipe Snake. This is a winding metal cord that you can fit into a length of pipe. A pipe snake is effective at removing small clogs in the bathroom or kitchen sink.
  17. A Stud Finder. A small device used to find the studs in the beams within your walls. This is an invaluable tool whether you are putting up bookshelves, a safety gate for a baby or another item.
  18. A Rope. Rope is useful to keep on hand for all types of chores. For example, you can use it to secure the door of your car trunk if you’re hauling an item that doesn’t allow you to close the latch.
  19. WD-40. The old standby. It’s a spray lubricant that is useful for so many projects that if I listed all of them here, I would run out of paper! Use it to quiet noisy door hinges, loosen a lock that sticks, wipe away crayon marks, remove scuff marks from floors…

I’m guessing that most of you already have a lot of these items in your garages; but, I hope I brought up a few new ideas. Thanks for reading!-Alan

Alan Bernau Jr

Alan Bernau Jr. is the founder and owner of Alan’s Factory Outlet. He has helped more than 75,000 homeowners design and install custom carports and garages over the last 20 years.

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