Tools every homeowner should have

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There are a few basic tools that every homeowner should have around their home. Even if you are not the “handy” type it’s always a good idea to have a few things that are easily accessible. There are some amazing tool kits out there that even come in a neat little convenient plastic case, more on that later. As your skill level increases then there are a few more tools that every DIY homeowner should have once they get comfortable wearing the belt. One thing to keep in mind when purchasing tools is the cheaper tools (say from a dollar store) are made with softer and cheaper metals so they tend to get damaged or are worthless half way into a task. As your skill level grows, with every project you take on, and every trip to the hardware store, your tool kit will slowly transform from your tool box to your workshop area of the garage. I have ordered the list according to what I believe will be the most commonly used for random household tasks. Below are the basics that every craftsman has and then some. I have yet to meet a fellow craftsman who doesn’t own several hammers, wrench and socket sets, and a crazy amount of screwdrivers. But even for the tool pack rat, the inconvenient trip to the hardware store is usually inevitable during a project. Being armed with these basics will save you a lot of time, effort, and maybe even property damage.

 

  • Screwdrivers- Philips and Flat
  • A hammer
  • A measuring tape
  • Pliers
  • A level
  • Adjustable wrench
  • Socket set
  • Allen wrenches
  • Pencil
  • Duct tape
  • Volt meter
  • Screws
  • Nails
  • Sandpaper
  • Utility blade or box cutter
  • Scratch all or hole punch
  • O-rings
  • Washers
  • Vice Grips or clamps
  • Hack saw- used for metal or plastic
  • Hand saw- used for wood*
  • Plumbers tape
  • Electrical tape
  • Multi tool
  • Pipe wrench
  • Pac adhesive
  • Butterfly clips
  • Tin snips
  • Putty knife
  • Safety googles
  • Drill
  • Circular saw
  • Jigsaw
  • Miter saw

 

*I want to note that I truly believe for the beginner a Japanese pull saw will be easier to use. While this is a matter of opinion. I have found that for beginners pull saws are easier to make accurate cuts than a typical hand saw. There are various versions of pull saws. You can even buy one with a rip blade on one side and crosscut on the other.

 

I know the list seems long, but there are a lot of various kits out there (especially on Amazon). I think the Stanley Homeowner’s Tool Kit
is a really good deal and good quality for the beginner and the intermediate DIYer. These tools are perfect for the random household tasks and projects. I can really appreciate the selection given in this kit, most of the list is included and the price is right. I bought this kit for my mother in law for Christmas,(while I am the one that primarily uses them whenever we visit) they have enticed her to get started a bit. Stanley tools are a household name for a reason, they hold up very well. However, I did also find some Apollo Tool Kits with a great selection at a really low price that had good reviews on Amazon and they even come in pink. However I can’t give you my opinion on the quality of these tools. If you buy this it’s at your own risk. I personally have never used any Apollo tools so I don’t know if they will fall apart mid repair.

 

Once you start getting the hang of the basics you may find yourself ready for some power tools. For random do it yourself projects around the house I always find the Black & Decker Drill and Circular Saw Kit to be perfectly fine for getting the job done. I own several cordless drills and the Black & Decker power tools are affordable, easy to use, and lightweight. Now for building a house, remodeling, or doing some heavy duty repairs you need something more sturdy and durable (also much pricier).You know, something that can definitely survive a tumble off a ladder or roof.  I always liked the Makita or Bosch power tools for building houses. They definitely can take a beating and possess the power needed for big jobs.   Please check out Understanding your tools for more details on each tool.

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    • Tools every homeowner should have Kathleen Post author

      Excellent! We are here to help if you ever need it. We are all working diligently to get this website completed. But always have time to help with the learning process.