After living with my parents, I have grown accustomed to using my fathers tools when I am working on my projects. Since I have moved out, I realized how important it is to have tools in a house. I will try to compile a small guide on acquiring some tools, please take note that this is a basic guide and will by no means be complete.
The tools you need always depend on what kind of projects you work on. For example, If you work alot on electronics, a basic kit would be composed of a Soldering iron, wire strippers etc... If you enjoy fixing cars, wrenches and a socket set would be more appropriate. I will try to list as many tools I can possibly think of, If I miss anything or you have other suggestions don't hesitate to write a comment and I will add them to the list.
Step 1: Budget / Where to Acquire
It's always better to invest into a few good tools than randomly buying things just to fill up your inventory. Start buying tools you would see yourself often using. Once you have all the essentials, then you could go ahead and buy more specialized tools or stuff you would use less often.
Keep your eyes peeled for sales, this is when you can find good deals, multi-packs and clearance items that will last you forever at a fraction of the cost. This technique is the one that i am currently using. I am trying to spend the least amount of money as possible and making small purchases over a period of weeks.
If you need a specialized tool that you do not own, ask around, maybe a relative could lend you theirs for a short while, trade schools, high schools and small businesses around your neighborhood might be willing to lend them to you. If all else fails, you could even rent some power tools and scaffolding at certain tool rental companies.
Step 2: Storage
First off you will need some sort of place to store all the tools. If you live in an apartment, you might not have enough space to set up a work bench or shop area so you would be stuck storing all your tools in your car or in a toolbox.
Im currently Storing my tools in Toolboxes, I have one of those red metal lunchbox-like ones, a big bulky plastic case with a handle and also a medium sized contractors bag. Mechanics drawers are also a good but expensive option
Here are some links to other instructables on tool storage.
Tool Box that doubles as a bench!
A 5 Gal Bucket and a pair of jeans for tool storage/
Shopping Cart transformed into a tool cart
If you have room:
Peg Board tool cart
Magnetic tool rack
Build a Work table for your shop
Tank tough Workbench
Step 3: The List.
This is a brief list of tools that i have come up with that one would need for a basic to intermediate collection of tools. Remember that you might not need some tools, so don't get them. Whats the point of buying tools that you will never use. If you think of anything else, don't be afraid to comment and i will add them.
Steel Toed Boots
Respirator (w/ appropriate cartridges)
Circuit tester / Voltmeter
Ball Peen Hammer
Mallet (wooden or rubber)
Wrenches (Metric and SAE)
Locking Pliers (Vise Grips)
Pliers ( Needle Nosed, Cutters, Side snips)
Hole saw kit
-Basic Power tools
Sander- Orbit /Belt/Reciprocating
CIrcular saw (SKIL)
Drill (corded or Cordless)
Hole saw kit
Compound miter saw
Sawzall or Reciprocating saw
Dremel (rotary tool)
Regular chop saw (for metal)
-Shop Power tools