Essential Tools for the Homeowner

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Essential Tools for the Homeowner

You’ll need tools if you’re going to live in a house, even if you have no intention of remodeling or do-it-yourself projects, even if your only project house-wise is to dial the phone to call in a repairman. If you’ve never purchased tools before, how do you know what to buy? What follows is a list of tools you probably should have in your tool kit for all the things that come up that you never knew you needed tools for.

A word to the wise: avoid cheap tools. Spend the extra money for well-made tools and they will probably last as long or longer than you own your home. Also stay away from the infomercial 150-in-one multi-purpose tools. If one component gets damaged, the entire unit is useless.

Allen wrench

Ball-end Allen wrenches


Box wrench

Brads, nails, and spikes, various sizes

Channel-lock pliers (water pump pliers)

Cordless drill/screwdriver

Curved claw hammer

Digging spade

Duct tape

Extendable-handle rake

Glue gun


Lag screws, machine screws, sheet metal screws, wood screws

Level (2-inch with aluminum housing)


Magnetic tack hammer

Open-end wrench

Pipe wrenches

Pliers, needle-nose and locking long-nose

Portable tool box

Pruning shears

Pry bar

Pump water vacuum (wet/dry vac)


Screwdrivers, Phillips and flathead

Socket wrench with a ratchet handle

Sledge hammer

Spray lubricant

Staple gun

Strap wrench

Tape measure

Torx screwdrivers


Utility knife with a retractable blade

Wire cutters

Work flashlight