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Old 08-08-2010, 04:06 PM   #16
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For about $40 you can get a great Husky socket set at Home Depot that you'll find dozens of uses for, from the home to the car.

A good hand saw can help with a lot, a coping saw, a drywall saw, a hacksaw- all things that you'll find uses for.

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I agree with the cordless drill. A more powerful corded hammer/normal drill (one that you can toggle) is nice to have as well. When I do any work with wood I always pre-drill my holes using the corded drill, then drive using the cordless. Saves me from switching bits each time.

Drills can also do more then drilling. Can use to mix cement, power a "drill pump", and even power a bicycle (yes, I've seen it done lol)
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I'd highly recommend investing in a lithium battery cordless drill. They are more expensive but last longer & are faster to recharge than the cheaper Niclad ones.
Those "5 tools in 1" combo kits for $100 you see at Lowes are that cheap for a reason.
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Yeah lithium is probably best way to go. Though I have to say, my mastercraft 12V nicad cordless has gone through hell, and it still works great. I used a drywall hole bit to make a hole for a wire through a 2x8 joist. I was pretty sure it was the end of that drill after that job, but it just keeps on kicking! I later on got a proper bit for making holes, and a corded drill. Making a hole through a 2x in less then one second is pretty fun.
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lithium has its own drawbacks
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If you are just going to be a DIYer at home, NiCad or NiMH is fine. Just leave the battery in the charger fulltime, the charger will keep the battery topped off and ready to go.
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I bought a bunch of Dewalt chargers from Amazon for about $15 each, this way all my batteries sit in the chargers in my truck. They are always ready to go.
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A cordless drill is far and away the most important for me. My Black&Decker has done everything I've ever asked it to, and did not break the bank.

After that, the next most-used tool is probably my miter saw... er... my father's miter saw that is on extended loan to me.

3rd would be a tossup between circular saw, sawzall, spiral saw, and trim/finish nailers.
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Wow, color me shocked
Yeah...just never got in battery operated tools
I have outlets all over the placxe at my house
Tons of them outside...almost 20 now
And with my Christmas display I have over 30 extension cords
There are times when the wires get in the way
And I have genrator in case I ever need to work where there isn't power
....so far that hasn't hapenned
I usually only work on my own house or MIl's
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Well for me I have the following tools that I think are essential in most every do it yourselfers tool box. Cordless drill, cored drill, sawzall, table saw, circular saw, compound miter saw, orbital palm sander, belt sander, air compressor with nail gunís and router. Note: buy good quality tools and they will last a life time.

As for brands I use: Milwaukee, Rigid, Porter-Cable and Iím looking into getting a Fein multi- tool which is a good all around tool to have in your tool box.

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I saw the infomercial for that a few years ago and was tempted, until I did some internet searching and found that the reviews were mixed regarding both price and performance.

Does anyone own this? What are your experiences with it?

http://www.fein.de/fein-multimaster/us/en/main/
I do not own it.

I have no doubt that it is an excellent tool, but I believe you can get a tool that will work just as well for less than half. You can get a Craftsmen cordless model for around $100, it's probably not as good since it's cordless, but it's damn convenient. Maybe this should be Dave's first real cordless tool
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Actually I had a chance to use one on a job I was doing and it was a very good tool. Mind you the replacement blades are a bit pricey but the tool held its own and did what I wanted it to do that’s why I was thinking of getting one.
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Actually I had a chance to use one on a job I was doing and it was a very good tool. Mind you the replacement blades are a bit pricey but the tool held its own and did what I wanted it to do thatís why I was thinking of getting one.
If you look around, you will see discussions about different brand blades that are just as good at a fraction of the cost.
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Like I said I was just using the tool on a job. It wasn’t mine and I would defiantly look into getting different brand blades for this tool if I decide in purchasing it. I think you can get an adapter from fein so you can use different brand blades...
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Alright, I'll bite. Let's see the display in the off-topic forum :-)
If this link works it goes on for as couple pages
I start setup in mid-November now
Actually some of the lights I setup for Halloween (red) stay up for Christmas
I used to start setup the day after Thanksgiving
But as the display has grown I simply do not have enough time to setup by Dec 1st
I usually turn everything on Dec 1st
I know some people lights up the Day after Thanksgiving
Thats too early for me

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