Essential Tools for the Homeowner

August 28, 2018


You’ll need tools if you’re going to live in a house, even if you have no intention of remodeling or do-it-yourself projects, even if your only project house-wise is to dial the phone to call in a repairman. If you’ve never purchased tools before, how do you know what to buy? What follows is a list of tools you probably should have in your tool kit for all the things that come up that you never knew you needed tools for.


A word to the wise: avoid cheap tools. Spend the extra money for well-made tools and they will probably last as long or longer than you own your home. Also stay away from the infomercial 150-in-one multi-purpose tools. If one component gets damaged, the entire unit is useless.


 1. Allen wrench


 2. Ball-end Allen wrenches


 3. Bolts


 4. Box wrench


 5. Brads, nails, and spikes, various sizes


 6. Channel-lock pliers (water pump pliers)


 7. Cordless drill/screwdriver


 8. Curved claw hammer


 9.  Digging spade


10. Duct tape


11. Extendable-handle rake


12. Glue gun


13. Hoe


14. Lag screws, machine screws, sheet metal screws, wood screws


15. Level (2-inch with aluminum housing)


16. Lopper


17. Magnetic tack hammer


18. Open-end wrench


19. Pipe wrenches


20. Pliers, needle-nose and locking long-nose


21. Portable tool box



22. Pruning shears


23. Pry bar


24. Pump water vacuum (wet/dry vac)


25. Saw


26. Screwdrivers, Phillips and flathead


27. Socket wrench with a ratchet handle


28. Sledge hammer


29. Spray lubricant


30. Staple gun


31. Strap wrench


32. Tape measure


33. Torx screwdrivers


34. Trowel


35. Utility knife with a retractable blade


36. Wire cutters


37. Work flashlight




While there are certainly more tools that could become useful around the house if you plan to tackle some D.I.Y. projects at home, this list should cover most tasks you may find yourself doing.


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