A tape measure is an invaluable tool to have at your disposal as a new homeowner. With it, you can easily measure your space and calculate the size of new furniture, cabinet spacing, appliances and more. You can make sure pictures are the same height off the ground and even measure floor space for new flooring or tile installations.
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A hammer is a great tool to have, as you can use it for both building and demolition. A comfortable grip is essential, so find one that you like. Hammers come in various sizes and shapes. If you want to use it for demolition as well, choose a model with a straight or “rip” claw instead of a curved claw.
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One of the most versatile tools, a screwdriver can be used all over your new home. A kit with various sizes is a great choice, but if you’re looking to pick up a few by themselves, grab a 1/8-inch tip flat-head, 3/16-inch tip flat-head, a 0 Phillips-head and 2 Phillips-head. This will give you the basic combination to tackle most projects.
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Another essential tool, they can pull, pinch or bend metal into shape, tighten bolts and even help open items. A good set will usually include long-nose pliers, combination pliers and locking pliers, which should cover most applications.
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There are three basic wrench sets you should have around the home, standard adjustable wrenches, allen wrenches and a good socket set. This will ensure that you’ve got the right wrench for any job that may pop up.
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