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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