Hand tools

Hand tools in the basic kit

When you’re just starting out as a homeowner, a small investment in a home kit can help you meet your basic needs

1.Screwdriver Set

Screwdrivers can be used for anything from tightening cabinet hardware to installing light switches to opening paint cans. This 10-piece set includes five Phillips and five slotted screwdrivers in common sizes.

2. Hammer

A 16-ounce smooth-faced claw hammer has a nice mix of heft and versatility for driving nails into wood. The angled claw is useful for pulling out the nails that inevitably get bent. This durable model features a fiberglass handle to reduce shock.

3. Set of Pliers

Use them to straighten bent power cord plugs, replace old shower heads, slice wiring, and get a good grip on just about anything. This well-made kit from Channellock includes tongue-and-groove, diagonal-cutting, long-nose, and slip-joint pliers.

4. Handsaw

Less intimidating and faster to set up than a power saw, this handsaw is good for trimming lumber or molding stock. It has a thick blade and a wide, ergonomic handle.

5. Adjustable Wrench

You’ll need an adjustable wrench to tighten plumbing fixtures, assemble swing sets, and more. This four-piece set includes wrenches with six-, eight-, 10, and 12-inch handles. Opt for the longer handle when you need extra leverage to free a stuck nut; go for the shorter handle when space is tight.

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