The Tools That Every Homeowner Should Own
|Date Added: August 05, 2010 10:30:58 AM|
|Category: Business: Real Estate: Home Inspections|
The article lists fifteen essential items and six “nice-to-haves”. The essentials are:
Toolbox (~$30): You don’t even need to spend money on a toolbox. We use a cheap Rubbermaid tub that Kris picked up for a couple bucks.
Hammer (~15): The article recommends a rubber grip, but I prefer a wooden handle.
Pry bar (~$15): I didn’t have one of these at the old house — I have two now (of different sizes).
Needle-nose pliers (~$8)
Screwdriver set (~$20)
Wire cutter/stripper (~$10): I think this is optional, depending on your house. We didn’t own a wire cutter at our first house (a 20-year-old ranch) but it’s essential at our current house (a 100-year-old farm house).
Tape measure (~$4)
Electrical tester (~$2): I don’t think this is essential — I’ve never owned one — but it’s cheap.
Reversible drill with bit set (~$40): I strongly agree with the article’s evaluation — “although stores are filled with cordless varieties, stick with a corded model: they’re lighter, cheaper, and never run out of juice”.
1/2-inch steel chisel (~$10): Again, I’ve never needed one of these, so I don’t think it’s “essential”.
Utility knife (~$4)
9-inch torpedo level (~$9)
Safety glasses (~$6)
The nice-to-haves are:
7-1/4 inch circular saw (~$80): I don’t have one of these, but that’s only because I inherited my father’s table saw.
Electronic stud finder (~$10)
Carpenter’s square (~$6)
Random orbital sander (~$55): I have never had a need for one of these.
Staple gun (~$17)
In summary, the above is a list of tools that every homeowner should have.
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