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Tools for THE DIY handyman

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Ok Guru... With all this talk of tools and such, here's a question!

Can you give us a list of BASIC tools that the aspiring DIYer ought to have? I know that might be tough when you consider how many projects are out there, but can you give us an idea?

Karen Smile
Wow the 'dream list'... Lets see a $4000.00 dust collection system... a $3000.00 table saw...
Oh just dreaming there for a sec! Very Happy lol
There are basic hand tools that are a must like a tape measure(25' is good), try square, level (6"and 36 - 48"), a couple of chisels (1/4" 1/2" 3/4Smile, really thin small pry bar, larger pry bar (like a wonder bar), hand saw, hammer, set of screwdrivers, a socket set etc etc. but as far as POWER tools for the homeowner, I would own a 3/8" drill either cordless or corded really doesn't matter... An electric saw. Sounds scary to some but if you have never used one a jig saw is a good choice. small light and will cut straight OR curved. Also a small random orbit palm sander, if doing wood projects around the house. There are cordless 'kits' out there now that offer an assortment of different power tools all in one case, like the Ryobi plus one system, you would buy either a whole kit or each pce one at a time for example: You could buy the drill that comes with 2 batteries and a charger... then later buy just the jig saw (no batteries needed because you already have 2!). This way you don't get the one big case that hold all though but I think it's a nice, fairly priced, system, perfect for the homeowner!!

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Now I'm off to the industrial tool store to drool some more.....
Thanks Guru! I'm happy tosay I own most of this already! Hooray! Time to go to Sears and look at those nail guns...

Karen Smile
Remember nail guns are dangerous! Some of them have a trip safety where you squeeze the trigger with the tip OFF the wood, then touch it to the wood and BANG! a nail goes in. If you don't hold the tip to the wood firm enough the tip could bounce from the slight kickback and shoot another nail!

Some have sequential trip, where you would have to touch the tip to the wood and press the tip to compress the spring, THEN squeeze the trigger to get one nail.

So wear safety glasses and keep the body parts away. Sometimes a nail could hit a sheetrock screw for example and do a u turn and poke out of the wood! I was nailing a ledger board once in a closet to hold up shelving and the nail hit a knot hole only visible from the back, went through the drywall and poked out the other side which happened to be a fiberglass one piece shower! So be careful!!


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