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Old 05-13-2017, 08:37 PM   #1
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New homeowner - what tools should EVERY house have? Useful tools?


Hello there.

What tools / equipment do you believe every homeowner should have? I'm trying to buy a bunch of equpment, and it'd be nice to have a list of stuff.

I just bought some shovels / extension cord / sledgehammer, gardening gloves...

Hoping to get some more ideas on stuff I should have. I dislike having to make a trip to home depot or lowes every time I want to do a project but realize I don't have any of the tools to do it.
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Depends on what your trying to do.
Screwdriver set, claw hammer, wrench set, 12" pipe wrench, multi meter, good electric circular saw, a set of cordless tools like this one, http://www.homedepot.com/p/Ryobi-ONE...P884/203466936
12" Adjustable wrench, 6" and 4' level, speed square, drill bit set like this one,http://www.homedepot.com/p/Ryobi-Dri...901G/206264359
With these you should be able to do at least 95% of household jobs.
Buy the rest as needed.
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As Clint Eastwood told Toad in Grand Torino (great movie): a role of duct tape, a can of WD-40 and some Vice Grips are all you need.

Add these to Joe's list.
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Your skills will evolve over time as will your collection of tools. I have tools acquired years ago and only used occasionally but they would never be on a starter list. I bought them when I needed them and kept them.

I'm slowly outfitting my daughters home as she is great with tools. Latest was a pair of saw horses (foldable ones from blue box) a rigid 5.5" (?) medium size circular saw. She has the drill and bits, hammers, level, stud finder, 2 ladders, cabinet for miscellaneous, parts, wrenches, pliers, and of course access to everything I own.

You will discover your interests, maybe woodworking, and buy more specialized (expensive) tools.

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People often forget safety gear:
* a couple of pair of goggles; one for garage, one in workshop if you have one.
* some N95 - or better - dust masks.
* ear protection; either headset or foam plugs.
* fire extinguishers.

Hand Tools
* Full set of phillips and slotted drivers. These days, probably also a set of star / torx as well.
* Collection of pliers / cutters set.
* Hammer
* Rubber mallet.
* hand saw.
* metric and standard hex key sets.
* socket set, including deep well. Get high impact so they'll be ok in impact drivers.
* Wrench set.
* Magnetic parts holder. Awesome for when you disassemble stuff and don't want to lose all the screws.
* torpedo / 18" or 24" level / 4' level if you do any more harder core work.
* maybe bolt cutters.
* Ground circuit plug tester.
* Voltage tester - to check for live lines.
* Some clamps. 12" 24" 36" 48" (can add pipe clamps one day if needed.)
* Oil and rags. Maintain your stuff. (But dispose of rags properly or risk fire.)
* Maybe a drywall saw.
* Some standard utility knives and pack of spare blades with disposal slot / holder.
* A GOOD tape measure; easy to read, good 'stand off' that is, it stays straight out when you extend it.
* A tri square.


Power Tools

* Prosumer level quality drill / driver set. (That is, DeWalt, Makita, Milwaukee, whatever. Something better than the store brands.) Good set of drill bits, including regular, brad point, forstner and tapered bit set. Don't skimp. Get the brushless if you can afford them.

* Circular saw. I'd still go corded with this, but your call.

* orbital sander with bunch of pads from 80 - 220 grit.

* Dremel tool kit. Everyone should have one of these. Million uses.

* Air compressor kit. This can be a small one. You don't need anything giant unless you have special needs. Get a kit with basic attachments such as blower and tire inflator. Get a few basic tools; pin nailer, brad nailer, maybe a frame nailer.

* jigsaw.

Optional:
* corded hammer drill in addition to the cordless ones.
* Reciprocating saw with variety blade pack; and maybe some Spyder attachments for scraping if needed.
* rotozip type tool if you do a lot of drywall stuff.
* angle grinder.
* Inspection camera.
* Table and Miter saws.
* Grinder.
* High end knife sharpener.
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And the list goes on.
I have a two car garage, 16' enclosed trailer, basement, full of tools, and still find myself having to buy more.
It becomes an addiction.
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As a novice woodworker, I build a lot of our own furniture and some for friends. So I've got a ton of specialty stuff. (Doweling jigs, measuring tools, etc. etc. etc. etc. etc.)

That list I did earlier is kind of what I see as the basics based on what I tend to use most frequently for typical DIY repairs. But you're right. It never ends.

Here's the most important tool tip ever. Scuff them up a bit. Yes, brand new tools are nice. But sometimes, you have to mess them up. Why? Here's the scenario... New Bosch corded drill, added to a collection of several cordless tools. (Because even bigger cordless batteries get burned through pretty quickly when doing pocket holes.) It was all nice and pretty and blue. But after dragging across the driveway a few times it had some nice scuff marks. Why would someone do this?

Her: "What's that?"
Me: "huh? What?"
Her: "I don't think I've seen that before."
Me: "seen what?"
Her: "That drill."
Me: "huh? I've had this for years. It's for doing stuff the cordless ones can't handle. It's gotten a bit banged up, but it still works great so no need for a new one."
Her: "oh."

You have to think strategic tool acquisitions.

(There was really no good way to explain the Biscuit Joiner or why I really need the Stabila level, but... oh well.)
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Screwdriver set - at least 4 different sizes, 6 pc set would be better.
Tape measure – at least 16ft but 25ft is better
Claw hammer – 20oz if you can swing it, if not 16oz will suffice
Rubber mallet
Grove Joint pliers
Long nose pliers
Lineman pliers
Slip joint pliers
Vise-grips - small and large
Wire stripper
Hex key set
Combination square – metal preferably with highlighted etched marking
Flashlight – LED 70 lumens or higher
Power drill with assorted bit set
Duct tape – Gorilla tape also works
Electrical tape
Teflon tape
Black cable ties
Voltage tester
Utility knife
Putty knife
Hand saw
Hack saw
Adjustable wrenches 10-inch and 6-inch
3 ft. level
9 in. torpedo level
Stud finder
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Try to buy the best quality you can afford. It is worth buying a quality tool once than a cheap knock-off multiple times. Besides cheap tools usually come with “Murphy” in that they will often break just when you are in the middle of something.

For screwdrivers and pliers I highly recommend Klein (available at Home Depot). They are a bit more expensive than other brands but you will only buy them once. If by chance you manage to brake one they carry a lifetime warranty.

For the hammer get a steel handle over wood.

Check the tape measure before buying. You can check its accuracy against a ruler. To much play in the hook will yield inaccurate measurements.

This set will suffice for most home repairs and projects. Additional tools can be purchased as needed.
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