It Yourself – Basic Hand Tools
One of the most
common questions asked by the do it yourself beginner is, “What
is the basic set of tools that any do it yourself homeowner
The answers can be
extremely varied depending on who they asked. I’ve seen
everything from a basic tool kit with pliers and screw drivers
to lists containing table saws and routers. Obviously theses
are the two extremes. My guess is that each of these individuals
are taking from some personal experience where they needed a
tool they didn’t have available. It isn’t fun looking
for tools at 11 pm in most parts of the world. The stores are
usually closed and most friends are asleep.
The one thing everyone
agrees on is that cheap tools are just that…CHEAP…and
a total waste of money. There are some really nice basic tools
kit for around $60 dollars but they are only for basic home
repairs and not sufficient for a serious project. These are
frequently advertised as “Women’s” tool kits
because they are so basic.
For more advance
home repair and remodeling the basic tools will cost somewhere
between $200-1,000. Craftsman, Klein, Stanley, Black & Decker
make decent quality reasonable priced hand tools for home owners.
Stanlye makes good crewdrivers, pliers and vise grips. Craftsman
wrenched, pry bars, levels and other metal tools are good. Both
Craftsman and Black & Decker power tools are decent for
the occasional repair job, but I would go with Dewalt if planning
any major remodeling. They make better and more dependable sabre,
jig, reciprocating and circular saws.
better quality hand tools such as Craftsman Professional, Snap-on,
Dewalt, Bosch, etc.
Hand Tools for a list of what
I consider the basics.