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