Homeowner’s Tool Kit

Everyone needs to have some tools of their own. My grad school roommate’s father had bought her a simple tool kit from Sears plus a hammer and she became the de facto quick fix person in our house. Then I moved in with F who had All The Tools so my biggest concern was knowing where to find the right tool for the job and where to put it back.

Photo Per Erik Strandberg

At no point along the lines did I ever have to purchase my own tools. I don’t own a house now, although I’m looking forward to that in the not-so distant future, but I do live in one and I’m fairly self sufficient (YouTube how-to videos are the best!) and need to be able to do some things without borrowing tools.

I won’t be able to buy everything tomorrow but I do want to start budgeting to spend a little money on tools each month. So I turn to you all, dear readers, what tools do you use all the time?

The List, so far:

  1. Screwdriver (already have)
  2. Tape measure (already have)
  3. Utility knife and blades (already have)
  4. Cordless drill (I’m embarking on a pretty major drywall project so this is a requirement!)
  5. Hammer
  6. Pry-bar
  7. Dikes (Turns out that’s a portmanteau word for “diagonal cutters,” cool, huh?)


12 Replies to “Homeowner’s Tool Kit”

  1. I’m a really big fan of the Ryobi 18 volt cordless kit from Home depot. They are by far the best for the money. For $100 you get a cordless drill, circular saw, charger and 2 batteries. They aren’t professional level, but they are very, very good. There is also a very large assortment of other 18 volt tools that share the same batteries.

    1. I think they’ve gone up in price! The Ryobi 18V was $130 in the store for just the drill, charger, and one battery! I chose to go with the Rigid instead since it has a lifetime warranty, even for the batteries. It was $140 but it should last me forever!

  2. Mallet; wire strippers; assorted sized scrapers (plastic works well for most jobs but eventually pick up a good flexible metal one too); decent drill bit and driver set; duct, electrical and Teflon tape; wire ties; crescent wrench, and if it’s still made a Robo grip (one of the best freaking tools ever!).

    Not now, but eventually a good 3/8″ ratchet set and wrench set. Several years ago we broke down and bought a nice ratchet set that came in a case, no more missing sockets! Not entirely true but it was easy to replace the two I lost and place them in the lonely slots in the case.

    We’re in the process of selling our house, pairing down (tools included) and gonna move into a van to drive the Pan American highway. We’re still building out the van but you were a big inspiration as we were deciding on what “life break” we wanted to take. Thanks!


  3. Target stores carries a basic set of Black and Decker tools in a bag for approximately $20. Hammer, pliers, measuring tape and level. ..I got my set a while back.
    I’m in love with my new Black and Decker Matrix system – I only have the drill/driver, sander and 4″ skill saw….there are more parts available. They are cordless and came with a 20 volt rechargeable lithium battery which charged lasts a long time.

    Hugs -you don’t need me to remind you that you and Sprocket can do anything!

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