Basic tool recommendations for the average homeowner

DrewDown

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Jan 4, 2006
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I’m basically starting over and looking for recommendations on specific brands/tools that the everyday homeowner should have. Screwdrivers, vice grips, wire cutters, stuff like that. As well as ways to keep them organized instead of just throwing them in the deep drawers. Looking for the value stuff. I don’t need Snap-On but also don’t want a garage full of Harbor Freight tools.

I already saw a thread about cordless drills and am planning to go with Milwaukee since my Ryobi battery took a shit anyway. Minus well start fresh there as well
 
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DrewDown

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I’ve got these deeper drawers and it doesn’t make sense to just lay what little tools I have flat. Even if I have the room now.

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Tenny

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I’ve got these deeper drawers and it doesn’t make sense to just lay what little tools I have flat. Even if I have the room now.

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Put power tools in there.

I went with Rigid because of their lifetime warranty (batteries included). Milwaukie is the better stuff, but the warranty won me over.

BF Sales are right around the corner, i'm sure you can get a good package of power tools for cheap.
 

Tenny

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Go to Lowe’s and grab a box of assorted Craftsman stuff. You just said you don’t need fancy tools.
Honestly this.

Then any tools that you need to use all the time, upgrade to a better brand like Wera or something. For the most part these do just fine.
 
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DrewDown

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Honestly this.

Then any tools that you need to use all the time, upgrade to a better brand like Wera or something. For the most part these do just fine.

Well I definitely want some not shitty vise grips and a new screwdriver set.
 
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DrewDown

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harbor freight tools are more than enough for your needs

True. Okay I’m changing the direction and now asking for what types of tools should I have on hand? Channel locks, screwdrivers, etc? I’m seriously basically starting from scratch. I can pick stuff up as I identify needs but sometimes it’s nice to have the basics before you’re balls deep in a project.
 

CPTMULLER

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Jun 30, 2008
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Portland, OR
True. Okay I’m changing the direction and now asking for what types of tools should I have on hand? Channel locks, screwdrivers, etc? I’m seriously basically starting from scratch. I can pick stuff up as I identify needs but sometimes it’s nice to have the basics before you’re balls deep in a project.
Klein/whatever brand 12 in 1 screwdriver for the kitchen junk drawer
Some sort of 3/8ths socket set + wrenches prob gear wrench or craftsman if you're too good for harbor freight
a couple sizes of knipex channel locks
Klien basic electrical stuff (one of those idiot voltage detectors/linesman pliers/wire strippers/etc)
a decent flashlight
milwaukee fuel drill/impact/circ saw/whatever else you use
speed square
a couple measuring tapes
a big bit set and ratcheting screwdriver (wera shit ideally)
a basic pliers/wire cutters assortment
a couple sizes of adjustable wrenches
 

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