- Screwdrivers – Phillips head and a flat (straight or slotted) head. Try to buy a small and medium size of each.
- Allen (Hex) Wrenches in several sizes
- Adjustable Crescent Wrenches – I suggest buying at least two. One 6″ and one 10″
- Slip Joint Pliers (handy for overall gripping)
- Needle-nosed pliers
- Vice grips (Locking pliers)
- Tape Measure
- Level – 24″ is preferrable
- Utility knife (mat knife)
- Safety glasses
- 12″ Handsaw
- Stud Finder
- Pry bar (must have a flat sharp side and the other side a notch for pulling nails.)
- Tool box or case to keep all of the above in
- My favorite DIY guide to my home: Home Depot’s Home Improvement 1-2-3 – the best $15 I ever spent!
Last but not least, the most indispensable tool I’ve ever owned:
Cordless Drill with screwdriver bits and a small set of drill bits
- Wiring instruction book or guide
- Wire Cutters/Strippers
- Electrical Current tester
- You only need the simple tester with two probes and an indicator light to test if the power is on.
- Palm sander
- Carpenter’s square
- Staple gun
- Power Circular Saw
- Be sure to hold one in the store and feel how the grip feels in your hand. This is especially important as a woman with a smaller hand size. (more on power tool shopping in another blog post – coming soon!)
- Jig Saw
- Saw Horses or Folding Work Bench
- Clamps – A Variety of Adjustable Clamps and Clips
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