When you have a working garage, it is easy to accumulate a large number of tools. Many of these tools never even get used but were purchased for a project and put away. With so many tools you may feel like you need to cull them a bit, but here are a few things you will want to make sure you leave in your garage or get them if you do not have them.
It does not matter how well lit your garage is, it cannot light up everything. The first time you drop a socket in the engine bay and don’t hear it hit the ground, you will be glad you decide to buy a super bright flashlight. You can use your phone, but who wants to get the phone greasy? Plus, you risk dropping it if your hands are slick or it is a tight spot.
Extra Measuring Tape
Most people will have a measuring tape in their toolbox, but you should always keep an extra. Not one of those tiny ones, but a giant, 40-foot measuring tape. This way if you cannot find yours then you have a backup. You are also not limiting yourself by buying a small measuring tape.
This is one you may not have thought of if you are just building your tool collection, but a telescopic magnet is an invaluable tool to have. If you drop a nut, bolt, socket, and any ferrous part and can’t reach it, then you will be glad you have it. Try to get a flexible one if you can. They tend to last longer, and they are flexible.
No matter how well stocked your toolbox is you should still keep these three things in a separate area. Even if you only use them once, then it is worth having. Always try to keep a separate area for your backup tools as well, just in case.