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What's in Your Toolbox?

In Gran Torino, Clint Eastwood's character Walt Kowalski famously said, "Any man worth his salt can do half the household chores with just those three things." Of course those things are WD-40, duct tape, and vice grips.

But that got us to thinking....

What else do you need to do the other half of the household chores? From that line of thought (at the bar) we quickly compiled a list (on a napkin) of tools every guy needs no matter what. We also decided that a red toolbox is a requirement. A small black tool duffel bag came in a close second if you want to look a bit like a criminal when toting your tools.

Toolbox Essentials

1.     Hammer (because a rock doesn't cover it)

2.     Pliers

3.     Needle nose pliers

4.     Crescent wrench

5.     Screwdrivers (Phillips and regular - ideally 2 of each that are different sizes)

6.     Small socket wrench set

7.     Power screwdriver/drill combo with lots of bits

8.     Tape measure

9.     Allen wrench set

10. Bottle opener (for the essential beer)

11. Utility knife

12. Level

13. Vice Grips

14. WD-40

15. Duct tape

16. Stud finder (not your girlfriend)


These fine 16 things can handle just about anything normal around the house. Sure, for certain jobs you are going to need some power tools like a circular saw or something, but we said household chores. Ideally every man should aspire to having a wicked tool bench filled with stuff you will probably never use. But of course that shit looks badass hanging on the pegs and you never know if it might come in handy. However for those just starting out, this list will keep you covered for handling the basics.