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.

- Allen wrench

- Ball-end Allen wrenches

- Bolts

- Box wrench

- Brads, nails, and spikes, various sizes

-Channel-lock pliers (water pump pliers)

- Cordless drill/screwdriver

- Curved claw hammer

- Digging spade

- Duct tape

- Extendable-handle rake

- Glue gun

- Hoe

- Lag screws, machine screws, sheet metal screws, wood screws

- Level (2-inch with aluminum housing)

- Lopper

- Magnetic tack hammer

- Open-end wrench

- Pipe wrenches

-Pliers, needle-nose and locking long-nose

- Portable tool box

-Pruning shears

- Pry bar

- Pump water vacuum (wet/dry vac)

-l Saw

-Screwdrivers, Phillips and flathead

- Socket wrench with a ratchet handle

- Sledge hammer

- Spray lubricant

- Staple gun

- Strap wrench

- Tape measure

-Torx screwdrivers

- Trowel

- Utility knife with a retractable blade

- Wire cutters

- Work flashlight