There’s nothing more gratifying than resolving an issue on your own, especially when it comes to repairing your home. Doing it yourself not only grants you feelings of success and builds your self-confidence, but it also can help you save your well-earned money instead of hiring a contractor — so you can concentrate on other important financial matters for your household. However, it takes more than the willingness to roll up your sleeves and get your hands dirty to be a true do-it-yourselfer. You also have to make sure you have the right arsenal of tools for the job.

Although some household repair projects may need specialized tools, many of the most common household repairs can be accomplished with a set of basic tools.  There are 15 tools that every homeowner should have in their toolbox. Some are obvious, but there are some tools that homeowners wouldn’t know they need until they are faced with an issue.

For example, every homeowner understands that you need a hammer for hammering nails, screwdrivers for driving screws, and a set of wrenches and adjustable wrenches for working with nuts and bolts. But not everyone would think of a torpedo level as a fundamental tool, but it’s vital for ensuring a shelf or picture is hung on the wall correctly. Slip-joint pliers are useful for gripping worn-down bolts or other hard-to-hold objects.  No matter what variety of projects you’re working on, safety goggles and a breathing mask will help protect you and your health. Finally, a flashlight is a crucial item to keep in any toolbox because most household problems happen in the dark.

Review the following list of 15 tools every homeowner should have and make sure your toolbox is ready for the next project in your home.