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Everyone who has a home, whether it is an apartment or a spacious home, needs a tool kit. Your specific needs may vary, after all the average condo dweller probably doesn’t need a hacksaw but you can’t be very handy without the right equipment. If you invest in good tools now, they should last for years and you will save later.

What to put in your toolbox? Here are a few suggestions.Tool BoxClaw Hammer. The hammer comes in several varieties, differentiated by weight and function. A claw hammer is designed to pound in and put out nails. Get a 16oz version; a little tack hammer is not enough for many jobs.

Screwdrivers. Get a straight-slot and a Phillips. You probably need more than one of each: a shorter one for working in close quarters and a long tip blade for turning power. The size of the tip is also important: it should fit tightly into the grooves in the screw!

Claw Hammer & Screwdrivers

Claw Hammer & Screwdrivers

Crosscut Saw. This is the most versatile of the several varieties of wood saws. A simple handsaw can also be used for most small projects.

Crosscut Saw

Crosscut Saw

Three-eights inch Power Drill. It can be cordless or plug in, variable speed or fixed – your choice depends upon your budget and convenience. Drills often come with attachments for sanding and buffing.

Power Drill

Cordless Power Drill

Carpenter’s Level. Used to determine if a surface (shelving, appliance, drapery rod) is level.

Carpenter's Level

Carpenter’s Level

Adjustable Wrench. Basically, a handle with jaws on the end. The lower jaw can be moved up and down to tighten the jaws over the head of a bolt or a nut.

Adjustable Wrench

Adjustable Wrench

Slip Joint Pliers. The jaws have various open positions depending on the selected joint used, with teeth or serrations for gabbing, holding and turning things.

Slip Joint Pliers

Slip Joint Pliers

Metal Tape Measure. You know the old saying, “measure twice, cut once.”

A Utility Knife will cut almost anything. Typically, a retractable blade is housed in a handle that also holds spare blades. The knife in the photo has a fixed blade.

Tape Measure & Utility Knife

Tape Measure & Utility Knife

Hacksaw. Cuts through metal – tubing, nail heads etc.

Sandpaper. Comes in different grades designed to handle everything from rough surfaces to final finishing.

Hacksaw & Sandpaper

Hacksaw & Sandpaper

Work Gloves and Rubber Gloves. You need to protect yourself when you’re sanding, sawing or stripping furniture.

Work Gloves

Work Gloves

There are many more tools you can add to your toolbox, just ask my husband! However, if you have a college student who has recently graduated and is going out on their own a good gift is to set them up with their own toolbox. Even when kids go of to college be sure to send them with a few basic tools. You never know when they might need them!Tool Box

 

 

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