Basic Tools for the First Time Homeonwer

It’s the tools that make a man. Or is it, it’s the man that makes the tools. Either way, if you’re a first-time homeowner you’re probably wondering what tools should I have on hand in case of an emergency. Well, you can never have enough tools needless to say for an emergency. However here’s a list you can start with.

1) Always a hammer, and not some cheaper one. Go for a 16 oz.

2) A screw driver set.

3) A set of wrenches 1/4″ through 13/16″    basic_tools

4) A nice all around set of pliers

5) Retractable utility knife

6) Tape measure 25′

7) 2′ and 4′ foot level

8) Caulking gun

Ok now lets real and talk about the tools you’ll need to do real work. But let’s talk about tool brands first. There is no Japanese or China leader in tools in the USA. Oh, you’ll find them but you should stay clear of them.

Just don’t buy the cheapest tools in the store and think well I’ll only need it once. That’s never true. Once you used it once you know you’ll be wanting to use it again and again so buy something that’s worth having.

For screw guns, I like and use professionally daily are Dewalt. But other NAME brands include Bosch, Milwaukee, Makita.

 

OK, so now you want to start building your so called tool box. So where do you start ?. Let’s get this tool party start shall we.

I’m going to start with some very basic tools you can start with.

1) Always a hammer, and not some cheaper one. Go for a 16 oz.

2) A screwdriver set.

3) A set of wrenches 1/4" through 13/16"

4) A nice all around set of pliers

5) Retractable utility knife

Continuation of the above list

6) Hand saw

7) Pry bar, a short one about 16" long and flat.

8 ) Chop saw

9) Sawzall

10) Circular saw with combo blade.

11) Jigsaw

12) Screw gun and name brand driver bits.

13) Drill and drills

14) Tape measure 25'

15 2' and 4' level

16) Caulking gun

Lineman's Pliers

Diagonal cutting pliers

Insulated screwdrivers

Electrical tape

Voltage tester, a good one. Not some cheap one you see for $5.

Emery cloth (sand paper)

Flux

Acid brush

Lead-free solder

Propane or Mapp gas torch

Pipe cutter

Utility knife

Rasp

3" 6" 10" taping knives

Sheetrock hammer

Hawk or mud holder (tray)

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