The essential list of do-it-yourself, home improvement supplies you should never be without.

Over the years I noticed that there were certain do-it-yourself supplies I was continually buying. You know; tape, glue, caulking and many others. Having these DIY supplies on-hand has saved me so much time and money that I decided to assemble a list of those indispensable and most used supplies you should have on-hand before taking on your next DIY project. I’ve also included photos of each for easier reference.

Since these supplies are used so often and are quite inexpensive, you’ll be glad to have them on hand. Also, not having to run to the store every time you need one of these supplies will save you time, money and frustration.

So here we go.

Do-it-Yourself Supplies

Cable Ties

cable ties
This first one has saved me many times. Cable ties are the totally indispensable fastener. You’ll just be amazed of how many uses there are for these handy items. They come in many different sizes and colors and you can tie almost anything together with these. I have used them for hinges, clamps and even to temporarily hold up plumbing pipes. Definitely a 1001 uses and only about $12 for 650 pieces.

DIY Tip: You can hook cable ties end-to-end to make whatever length you need.

Wood Glue

carpenters wood glue
First choice of glue is yellow carpenters wood glue.  This is a great multi-purpose glue used for joining all types wood. Used extensively in cabinet making and Popsicle stick houses.

Liquid Nails

Liquid Nails
Liquid Nails is great to have for heavy duty jobs, like laminating wood for a beam, installing sub-floors and extra holding power for outdoor jobs.  Remember, this adhesive is stronger than the wood it holds together, so once it’s glued, getting it apart will be quite improbable.

DIY Tip: Keep liquid nails off your fingers!

Liquid Nails also comes in small tubes and in clear as well.

Liquid Nails-clear

There are many other types of liquid nails for masonry, mirrors, tub surrounds and more. Great for small projects as well.

Latex Caulk

Latex Caulk
Caulking is essential for giving projects a finished look.  The most popular is Latex painter caulk, used for filling the gaps in moldings, nail holes, sealing up doors and windows and many others. Latex caulking comes in different colors and is paintable.

Don’t forget the caulking-gun (one of many essential DIY tools you should own).

Silicone Caulk


Silicone caulk is great for kitchens, baths, doors and windows. It’s waterproof and comes in colors as well as clear.

DIY Tip: For a smooth caulk line, keep you finger wet as you smooth the caulking.

Patching Plaster


Patching Plaster  is another must. Great for filling holes in drywall, trim and various finish jobs around the house. It’s easy to apply and can be sanded.

Masking Tape

Blue Tape

Masking tape comes in different widths and colors.  The colors represent different applications, such as green is used for very fine line and curve masking. Blue works well for most applications.

DIY Tip: To prevent wood from chipping and tearing when cutting doors, trim, cabinets or other fine woods, draw your cut line and then place a piece of tape along the line. This will reduce tearing and splintering.

Double Back Tape


Double back tape is great for steadying pictures from moving side to side, posting temporary art, holding rugs down and so much more.

Duct Tape


Duct tape is number one on the list of must haves. You know what they say, “duct tape and baling wire”, it’ll hold just about any thing together. There are many different brands, grades and colors, so buy the correct type for the job.

DIY Tip: Don’t use duct tape on heating ducts. Regular duct tape will dry out, crack and fall off. There is special foil tape made for duct work and radiant barrier insulation. Remember, use the right fastener for the job.

Teflon Tape


Teflon tape is applied to the threaded ends of pipes to improve the water tightness of a joint.  They also make teflon tape for gas pipes too.

DIY Tip: Wrapping the teflon tape on a pipe, roll the tape backwards off the roll. It’s much easier to handle that way.

Plumbers Tape


Plumbers tape is most often used for hanging pipes, giving them support, but this product is great for so many other uses because it is so pliable.

DIY Tip: Use a piece of plumbers tape to connect book shelves or other furniture to the wall for earthquake and child protection.

Drill Bit Gauge

A drill bit gauge is the easiest way to match the size bit you need to a particular screw or bolt.

Carpenter Pencils


A must have for any DIY project.

Coat Hanger


You laugh, but a piece of a coat hanger is great to have in your tool box. It can be used to hold things in place, reach for something you dropped, hang something you want to paint and a million other DIY uses. I’ve had a piece of coat hanger in my tool box for over 30 years–well not the same one.

DIY Tip: A piece of coat hanger is great for cleaning out the spray tube on expanding foam cans.

Walnut Pick

These are great for cleaning out screw heads filled with paint or cleaning out any small area.


Tip, WD-40 is a solvent not a lubricant.
So use a teflon or silicone spray to lubricate.

Electrical Supplies

It nice to have various electrical supplies and connectors available for you home, car and others projects.  I would recommend picking up an assortment of connectors like this.
Electrical parts box

Many of these kits come with a wire-stripper and a crimping tool.

If you’re ever in a pinch you’ll be happy to have these DIY Essential Fasteners on hand.

Just one more way you can succeed with speed.