Tools every home store should have

Toolbox You need a place to keep all your tools. This box will help keep your tools well organized.

Toolbox
You need a place to keep all your tools. This box will help keep your tools well organized.

Hammer
Choose a model with a straight or “rip” claw, not a curved claw; they’re much more useful for demolition.

Needle-nose pliers
The long, tapering, forged head that gives needle-nose pliers their name is particularly useful in electrical work where spaces can get tight. Get a pair with a wire-cutting blade near the hinge.

A mixed set of screwdrivers
You’ll save money and get the most use out of a good-quality mixed set that includes 1/4- and 3/8-inch flat heads.

Wire cutter/stripper
A number of wires will always need to be cut. Get this.

Tape measure (16-foot)
Any simple measurement can be taken by the plastic tape measure. It is one of the most essential tools in a home.

Reversible drill with bit set
This 3/8th-inch reversible drill is the only electrical tool that you absolutely, positively have to have. Although the most common is the cordless, stick with a corded model. They’re lighter, cheaper and never run out of juice.

Utility knife
Having a utility knife with replaceable blades comes in awfully handy, and again, when you need one there’s really no substitute.

Handsaw
A good choice is the 12-inch FatMa. It’s lighter and cuts straighter and faster than traditional handsaws.

Safety glasses
There simply is no substitute for effective eye protection.

 

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