Top 6 DIY Projects That Cost Less Than $3 To Make

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  • With a good set of tools, you can repair a crooked cabinet, hang a shelf or picture frame, tune up your bicycle, or fix a leaky pipe under the sink. The Stanley 65-Piece Tool Kit is our top choice because it comes with many tools you'll use all the time, it has only the tools you need, and each item is well-made.

One of the best gifts I have ever received was something I didn't even know I needed. Shortly before I left for college, a family friend gave me a basic tool kit, advising me to bring it along with me to school, which I did. Over the subsequent four years, I used the screwdrivers, hammer, pliers, measuring tape, and the other essentials in that kit to do everything from repair a broken bed frame in my dorm room to hang shelves and assemble furniture in an apartment and to work on sets and lighting design for many student film projects.

After college, that very same kit made a cross-country move with me to California, where it remained in service throughout the early years of my working life and my marriage, helping as my wife and I decorated and furnished our first apartment and made the innumerable little repairs and updates that came with renting a charming but decades-old property.

I still have the hammer, level, and needle nose pliers from that basic tool kit sixteen years later. The tape measure broke sometime in the last decade. I lost most of the bits for the screwdriver and finally lost the handle itself. I have no idea where the wrench ended up. And the plastic case that housed the few dozen tools cracked and stopped opening or closing properly within the first few years, by the way. Still, the fact is that one basic set of tools — a set that probably cost only around $30 and fit into one slender carrying case — served as my only tool kit for the better part of a decade.

As life progressed, I acquired more and more tools, including an electric saw or three, a few drills (why do I have more than one drill? This is not rhetorical, I really have no clue and am asking), a needlessly comprehensive set of screwdrivers, and so forth. I do a lot of home repairs and work on the yard and such, and eventually, the demands of the projects I was tackling surpassed the capabilities of that plucky little kit. For many people, though, an affordable, basic tool kit is all you need to help out with minor home repairs and projects. If you choose the right kit, you may well end up with the only tool set you'll need for many years to come.

We've selected a range of kits that are well priced, thoughtfully curated, and sure to match the needs of many people. When considering which tool kit is the best match for you, make sure you consider which tools you will likely use the most often, but also think about which you might never touch. When was the last time you actually found yourself in need of a ratchet set, for example? (If that need arises regularly, maybe look beyond a basic kit!)

Remember, we're looking at elementary kits for a reason: The aim is to serve your needs, not clutter your home with needless extras. You can always add on specialty tools as the need arises, but these kits should save you from realizing mid-project that you're missing one of the basics. Read onto see which kit is best for your needs.

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