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WildmanProject 12-30-2012 09:50 PM

What are your Top 5 beginnner DIY tools?
If you were to recommend 5 beginner tools to someone wanting to start DIY'ing, what would they be?

Here are my 5:
1. Drill
2. Orbital Sander
3. Jig Saw
4. Circular Saw
5. Chop(Miter) Saw

jeffsw6 12-30-2012 10:16 PM

Chop saw? Not a miter saw?

Let me tell you, I didn't even understand the value of a miter saw until I watched some videos. When I was a kid, my "miter saw" was a box made of wood with some slots in it for common angles, and the saw was powered by my arm.

When I saw what you can do with a power miter saw, especially the compound kind like I then bought, I was like ... wow. I thought I was going to call all my friends in valley girl speak and tell them about this groovy saw I bumped into at the mall and I just had to meet it and see where our relationship would go. We would be sawing things on a hillside overlooking the city. Soon we'd be sawing things for our dog and 2.3 kids.

Seriously, I was amazed. I still am. Modern tools are unbelievable.

WildmanProject 12-30-2012 11:13 PM

Ha. I have always called a "miter" saw a chop saw. Its a beautiful thing isn't it?

ddawg16 12-30-2012 11:24 PM

#1 vac......
#2 Cordless Drill
#3 Cordless Sawzall
#4 Sliding Compound Miter Saw
#5 Leaf Blower

kwikfishron 12-31-2012 05:21 AM

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There is no perfect list other than your first tools should be whatever you actually need to finish your first project(s). As your projects expand your need for different tools will too and your arsenal should grow accordingly.

SeniorSitizen 12-31-2012 07:13 AM

I thought I had them all but now I'm looking for an instruction manual that tells how much muckey puck sealer type stuff to smear on compression fittings. :laughing::laughing::laughing: But I do have about 7 hammers if I could find them all.

rossfingal 12-31-2012 07:42 AM

A "good", tape-measure
A good pencil
A good cordless drill
A "Saw-Z-All" (corded or cordless)
A "sledge-hammer"


Happy New Year!

bbo 12-31-2012 07:47 AM

carpenter's hammer would be a must I would think.
multi screwdriver
socket/rachet set
adjustable pliers

I'd think with the tools above, most any fix could be accomplished. I know when I started DIY, most things are of a fix it nature rather than a build it nature.

crap, I just remembered tape measure. now I'm at six.

kwik is right though. If I could recommend to someone what to buy, it would be "buy the best tool you can afford for the project at hand"

rossfingal 12-31-2012 07:59 AM

Somebody else moved into the realm of "6".
#6 - Somebody to use all the tools - so you can relax! :)

bbo 12-31-2012 08:08 AM


Originally Posted by rossfingal (Post 1083095)
Somebody else moved into the realm of "6".
#6 - Somebody to use all the tools - so you can relax! :)

I could stop at one if I needed to.

terry603 12-31-2012 02:04 PM

tape measure
set of screw drivers
socket set
the power tools mentioned are for as you get more advanced or as a hobby
a drill,i know this is # 6

WildmanProject 12-31-2012 02:48 PM

I just realized I didnt say power tools. I think power tools and hand tools can each be their own topic.

ToolSeeker 12-31-2012 04:52 PM

circ saw
cordless drill driver
work light
shop vac
orbital sander

woodworkbykirk 12-31-2012 05:48 PM

honesytly the meaning of diy varies so much from one person to the next.. i have a client base that diy means taking out hte garbage but they cant boil water to cook noodles, let lone cut a piece of wood

start out simple,,

2) tape measure
3) multi tip screwdriver
4) adjustable wrench or vise grip
5)common sense

TheEplumber 12-31-2012 05:49 PM

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My top 5 tools would be in the neighbors garage....

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