Test your basic knowledge of Common Hand Tools Common Hand Tools. 1. Perfectly vertical; the surface is at a right angle (90 degrees) to the horizon or floor and does not bow out at the top or bottom. 11. Basic Tools, Instrumentation, and Equipment · Hand tools: A good set of hand tools includes an assortment of wrenches, screwdrivers, pliers, wire cutters, wire strippers, channel locks, punches, hammers and other common hand tools. These tools are especially useful in a retro-commissioning environment where it is unlikely that there will be tradesmen available with the tools that you need.