Tools and Hardware Buying Guide

There are a large range of tools out on the market, so it's natural to feel a bit overwhelmed by all of your choices. Whether you're Mr. Handyman or you want to stock up on the essentials, read on below for an overview of necessary tools and home improvement items.

Also check out some of our related guides, considering many projects require specific sets of tools. That way you'll be able to find exactly what you need for every upcoming task.


Here are some related guides and tool suggestions to fill your tool box with! 

Tool Sets

Every handy man needs a tool set. Here our some of our favorites including specialized kits for those difficult tasks.


Once you have the tools taken car of, you'll need the hardware. These tips on buying screws, nuts and bolts may help save you hassle at the store.

Tool Bags

If you're on the go and need to bring your tools along, these bags are the perfect way to make sure no screwdrivers get left behind. These are also a great way to keep track of all those odds and ends like loose screws.

Utility Closet

Here are some odds and ends that are often overlooked, but absolutely needed. Be sure to grab some now, before you're stuck needing batteries for your power tools or a bandaid for an injury.


These extras are a perfect way to stay prepared. Plus, in your down time you can use the following extras in creative ways. Just check out the Duct Tape Book for suggestions.

Painting Supplies

For paint projects small or large, these supplies are a must. Check out the guides before to get you started.

Related Guides

* Home and Garden: If you're looking to start that next project around the house or plant a new vegetable patch, check out this guide first.
* Workshop and Home Improvement: Before your next big renovation, get some idea for materials and cost by using this guide.
* Hand Tools: For a more detailed guide on hand tools alone, this is your place to go!
* Smoke Alarms: Arguably the most valuable thing in your house, you will want to consult our guide to ensure your safety.