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Top 10 Tools Every Homeowner Should Own

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Today, we're diving into the world of essential tools every homeowner should have. Having the right tools can make all the difference when it comes to tackling home repairs and DIY projects. Whether you're a seasoned DIYer or just starting, this guide will help you build a well-stocked toolbox.


Why is it so important to have a well-stocked toolbox? Simple: being prepared for home repairs and projects not only saves you time and money but also empowers you to take care of your home confidently. My advice is to always buy the best quality tool you can afford. If you take care of a quality tool, it will last a very long time and produce better results. I’ve offered a few recommendations at the end of this article for your convenience (none of these are sponsors btw).


Top 10 Tools Every Homeowner Should Own


Hammer

Uses: Hanging pictures, assembling furniture, basic repairs, breaking up ice blocks, self defense…

Tips: Choose a hammer with a comfortable grip and the right weight for your needs. Believe it or not, there are many different types of hammers for different uses. You wouldn’t want to use a sledge hammer to hang a picture so make sure you get one that is right for the job you need to accomplish.


Screwdriver Set

Uses: Tightening screws, assembling/disassembling items, opening paint cans etc.

Tips: At a minimum have both Phillips and flathead screwdrivers in various sizes. I’d recommend buying a complete set. If you’re committed to repairing things yourself you will want to have these types of screwdrivers on hand:

Philips-sizes 1, 2, & 3

Flathead-1/8”, 1/4”

Square-1, & 2 (#2 most common)

Torx(star)-T10, T15 & T20


Tape Measure

Uses: Measuring spaces for furniture, DIY projects

Tips: Look for a tape measure with a locking mechanism and clear markings. I’d recommend at least a 16’ long tape. Since this will be one of your most used tools, don’t cheap out on a tape measure. Quality tapes will boast on how far out they will extend before “breaking”. This simply means you can extend the tape measure a certain distance without support before it bends and falls over.


Adjustable Wrench

Uses: Plumbing repairs, assembling furniture, tightening bolts

Tips: Choose a wrench that fits comfortably in your hand and can adjust to a wide range of sizes.


Pliers

Uses: Gripping, bending, cutting wires

Tips: Invest in a set that includes needle-nose, channel-lock, and cutting pliers. If you’re an avid DIYer a good set of wire strippers is a great investment.


Utility Knife

Uses: Cutting materials, opening boxes

Tips: Ensure the knife has a retractable blade for safety. I like to have a utility knife that has blade storage built into the handle. This allows for fast change out if the blade breaks or gets dull.


Level

Uses: Ensuring items are perfectly horizontal (level) or vertical (plumb)

Tips: Digital levels can provide more precise readings, but a standard bubble level works great too. Just don’t go cheap here.


Cordless Drill/Driver

Uses: Drilling holes, driving screws. This will be your go-to power tool.

Tips: Look for a drill with variable speeds and a good battery life. If you do a lot of projects, invest in both a drill and a driver. What are the differences between a drill and a driver? A drill has an adjustable chuck that opens and closes to fit various sizes of drill bits. A driver is specifically designed to hold a 1/4” hex bit for screw driving attachments. The purpose of a driver is primarily to “drive” screws and fasteners. Most come with an impact option that “hammers” the screw in while simultaneously turning the screw. They also come with an adjustable clutch that allows you to adjust how much force is placed on the screw which is helpful for projects that require a bit of finesse.


Stud Finder

Uses: Finding studs behind walls for hanging heavy items

Tips: There are all sorts of digital stud finders on the market but I have found that a simple magnetic one works on the majority of surfaces and you never have to replace batteries.


Safety Gear

Uses: Protecting yourself during projects

Tips: Always have gloves, goggles/safety glasses, and ear protection on hand to keep yourself safe. No one wants to spend the weekend in the ER just because they decide to use a drill.


Tool Recommendations:

Remember my philosophy about buying tools is to buy the best you can afford. A quality tool can last generations so keep that in mind when reviewing this list. There are many other tool options out there which will serve you just fine.

Hammer:

Estwing 15oz Smooth Face

Screwdriver Sets:

Wera Multi-Bit Screwdriver (anything Wera is great)

Milwaukee Screw Driver Set(Phillips/Flat Head/Square)

Wera 05028062001 Kraftform Plus 367/6 Torx Screwdriver Set

Tape Measure:

16’ Stanley FatMax

Milwaukee Compact 16’

Kobalt Compact 16’

Adjustable Wrench:

8” Crescent Wrench

Pliers:

Knipex Cobra 87 01 250

Knipex Side Cutters 74 01 250

Knipex Lineman Pliers 03 01 200

Knipex Needle Nose Pliers 26 11 200

Klein-Kurve® Wire Stripper

Utility Knife:

Milwaukee Fastback

Level:

Milwaukee Redstick Box Levels 2’ & 4’

Stablia Type 196 Heavy Duty Levels 2’ & 4’

Cordless Drill/Driver:

Milwaukee M18 Drill/Driver Kit

Festool Cordless Drill CXS 12 2,5-Set (my absolute favorite cordless drill of all time)

Stud Finder:

The Stud Buddy


Conclusion

A well-stocked toolbox is an invaluable asset for any homeowner. With the right tools, you can tackle a variety of projects and repairs with confidence. The more you learn how to complete your own home improvement projects the more money you save as well! Start building your toolkit today and get ready for our next newsletter, where we'll explore more home improvement tips and tricks.


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Thank you for reading, and happy home improving!


Best regards,

Eric Barker

CEO

Ozark Home Pros & Window Depot of NWA

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