Essential Tools for the Homeowner

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Essential Tools for the Homeowner

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.

l Allen wrench

l Ball-end Allen wrenches

l Bolts

l Box wrench

l Brads, nails, and spikes, various sizes

l Channel-lock pliers (water pump pliers)

l Cordless drill/screwdriver

l Curved claw hammer

l Digging spade

l Duct tape

l Extendable-handle rake

l Glue gun

l Hoe

l Lag screws, machine screws, sheet metal screws, wood screws

l Level (2-inch with aluminum housing)

l Lopper

l Magnetic tack hammer

l Open-end wrench

l Pipe wrenches

l Pliers, needle-nose and locking long-nose

l Portable tool box

l Pruning shears

l Pry bar

l Pump water vacuum (wet/dry vac)

l Saw

l Screwdrivers, Phillips and flathead

l Socket wrench with a ratchet handle

l Sledge hammer

l Spray lubricant

l Staple gun

l Strap wrench

l Tape measure

l Torx screwdrivers

l Trowel

l Utility knife with a retractable blade

l Wire cutters

l Work flashlight

Also include some gardening tools such as a lawn mower and spade for digging flowers.  Have all these tools arranged in a shed or your garage so you have easy access when you need them.