A DIYers’ Five Best Friends

5 diy tools A DIYers Five Best Friends
One of my fellow morning bus-riders, a widow nearing retirement, recently told me that said she wouldn’t begin to know what she should have in the house when it came to tools. I told her there were five things I would never be without.
Here are those five picks:
1. Tape Measure – One of the keys to any job well done is an accurate measurement. Unfortunately, not all tape measures are created equal. Don’t settle for the $1 version – buy a name brand. It could cost you in the long run. Some cheaper models are accurate, yet many are fractions of an inch off – hardly a good measurement!
2. Hammer – A hammer is one of the most versatile tools you can own, combining the manual force to drive nails with needed leverage at the claw end to remove them . You can also use it to beat things apart or smash them into tiny pieces, too.
3. Drill – Many tool manufacturers are selling off their nickel cadmium tools on the cheap, replacing them with newer lithium ion-charged lines. Many of these drills either come with or offer accessory sets that include screw heads and socket tips, transforming this tool into a variety of others.


4. Saw – It’s inevitable. You will have to cut something, sometime, so you’re going to need a saw. If you’re just getting started, a jigsaw (corded or cordless) should pack most of the punch you need. If there are several jobs or a big job on your plate though, you might want to consider investing in a compound mitre saw. In between these two options is the cordless 7-inch circular saw. You can often buy one in a kit with other battery-powered tools, usually making for a great bargain! Just be sure to wear eye protection no matter which one you use.
5. Pliers – A standard set of pliers is indispensable. But to really be prepared for any job, you also need its siblings: needle-nose pliers and snips. (You can usually buy this trio in a set.) It will be some of the best money you ever spend.
So there you have it: the five tools that no household should be without. Add a pencil, a level and a good, solid putty knife to this mix and you’d be amazed by just how many jobs you’re ready to tackle.

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Timothy Dahl

Founder/EIC at Charles & Hudson
Timothy’s background includes stints at This Old House, ELLE DECOR, Metropolitan Home and Woman’s Day. His work has been published on Wired Design, Bob Vila, DIY Network, The Family Handyman and Popular Mechanics and he has been featured on the Martha Stewart radio show and as a speaker at the ALT Design Summit, K/BIS and the National Hardware Show.
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