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Old 02-17-2014, 09:30 PM   #1
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Hi all,
I am buying my first home. I have my normal collection of tools (ratchet set, hammer, screwdriver, etc) but would like to know what some of you think I should keep around for either normal home maintenance or preventative needs that's a bit less common(leaky faucet or roof, stuck lock, etc.). Any suggestions would be appreciated! Thanks!

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Old 02-17-2014, 09:37 PM   #2
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The number 1 tool is the shop vac. It sucks up wet stuff, dry stuff and will save you from numerous fights with your wife over using her house vac.

Next...leaf blower.

Next...cordless tool set. Keep an eye out on a sale for an 18v kit that has a drill, sawzall and circular saw.

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Going to be an on going and endless list as you need them.
For me it would be a volt ohm meter.
18 volt cordless impact driver and a set of drills and bits for it. With that one tool you can drill holes, drive screws, nuts, carriage bolts ECT. I use it far more then my cordless drill.
Random orbital sander.
Flat bar.
Wrench set.
Channel locks.
Basin wrench.
Mini tubing cutter.
Lineman's plyers.
Wire strippers.
Outlet tester with the GFI test function.
And the list goes on as you take on more jobs.
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5 in one painters tool---a couple sizes of putty knives---heat gun or torch--

14 or 12 gauge extension cords

ice chest and beer --and a telephone---
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Pass on the beer until the works all done.
Had a customer tell me he had hired two roofing crews to do his roof and it still was not done. Come to find out he was trying to be a nice guy and filled a cooler full of ice cold beer before the work was even started.
They had drank all the beer and left without doing the roof.
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It really depends on what you plan on doing. First things you should be getting is a lawn mower, used is best if you can find one rebuilt. No need for a brand new one. I have a 11 year old Craftsman, that is still going strong. A straight tine rake, a couple of shovels, a leaf rake, a wheelbarrow, and a couple of garbage cans.

As for hand tools, you can go around to garage sales or pawn shops and pick up decent tool sets for pretty cheap.

I actually have built my set over time. Multiple flat heads, Phillip screw drivers, a cordless Dewalt drill and some drill bits, etc.. It has become that when a job turns into something major, then it gives me an excuse to purchase a new tool.

I actually buy mostly Hitachi power tools, since they are rock solid, and stand up really well to the abuse. A chop saw that I got, was a Black Friday ad, that Lowe's had pallets left over around four months later, after Black Friday was done and gone.

I also have had people just give me tools when they upgrade to something else, or no longer are using the tool anymore, or their husband has passed, and the widow is looking at just cleaning out the workshop.
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Thanks for the info! I've got an Amazon.com wish list going for all this haha
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I'd start with a piggy bank, add this link to your browser and keep your phone list up to date with your handy friends who already own the specialty tools Oh, and pass around your Amazon wish link to friends and family....
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My sister-in-law had a new house built recently. Here's what I got her for Xmas, to give you some ideas on things I felt she should have on hand.

So, any experience with "Pink Box" tools?

Really depends what you're working on and want to get into. I could make a tool list a mile long.

Just don't buy cheap crap.
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Pipe wrenches, 2 smaller ones that fit in a tight space, 2 bigger ones for working on something like the hot water heater. Channel locks and an adjustable crescent wrench come in handy for tons of odd jobs.
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Also, a set of Allen keys that fit on your 3/8 ratchet, especially if you have any Ikea stuff.
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Also, a set of Allen keys that fit on your 3/8 ratchet, especially if you have any Ikea stuff.
II bought a set of Metric keys to put together a Sears Exerciser Bike that had some really hard to reach locations.

http://www.amazon.com/Neiko-10074A-M...rds=hex+wrench

The Hex key sets can get pricey considering that to get full coverage you need to get a set in US (SAE) sizes.
For starters get a set of basic Allen wrenches in both Metric and US sizes.
For example:
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Every home needs WD-40 and a good pair of shears. One may need to sacrifice a little on a few things ( try food - loose weight ) to pay for the CUTCO shears but they'll last a lifetime if cared for.
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