A basic tool list that everyone can use
Not everyone is a do-it-yourselfer, but even those who are not so handy around the house or apartment should have a few basic tools available. If you don't plan to use them yourself, they'll be there when you borrow the help of a friend or neighbor. It doesn't take a lot of fancy or complicated gear to accomplish a few tasks and it's not critical, in most cases, to acquire a shelf full of power tools (although they're nice).
The only trick to acquiring basic household tools is going for quality. If you buy cheaply, they won't last and, worse, could cause injuries while in use. A low-end hammer's head will loosen and could fly off. A screwdriver handle could split while tightening screws. The best advice is to stick with name brands, but don't go overboard for extras you don't need.
Here is a top list of tools and gear that you won't have to spend a fortune to acquire. These will get you through most simple repairs. Prices are included, but are approximate.
Glues will let you take care of many things, and the basics should include woodworking glue ($3) and Super Glue ($3).
Hammer ($15) - one that feels good in your hand. Some experts recommend you get one that has a "rip" claw (it's straight) as opposed to the more familiar curved type.
and back saw set ($8).
While you're compiling
your list and making purchases, don't forget to get a good-sized toolbox.
Not only will you keep things organized and in one spot, but it will
protect your hand gear from dust and other debris.
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