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  • Writer's picturePatrick Crooks

Tools homeowner should have

Updated: Mar 15

Owning a set of essential tools is a smart investment for homeowners. Living in Minneapolis, or out in the country these tools can help you with routine maintenance, minor repairs, and DIY projects around the house. Here are 15 tools that every Minnesota homeowner should consider owning:

  1. Screwdrivers: A set of both flat-head and Phillips-head screwdrivers in various sizes for general fastening and assembly tasks.

  2. Adjustable Wrench: A versatile wrench that can fit various sizes of nuts and bolts.

  3. Hammer: A claw hammer for tasks like hanging pictures, assembling furniture, or general carpentry.

  4. Pliers: A pair of slip-joint pliers and a pair of needle-nose pliers for gripping, bending, and cutting.

  5. Tape Measure: For accurately measuring dimensions when planning home improvement projects or furniture placement.

  6. Utility Knife: A retractable utility knife for cutting materials like cardboard, drywall, and packaging.

  7. Cordless Drill/Driver: An essential tool for drilling holes and driving screws. Look for one with adjustable speed settings and a variety of drill bits and screwdriver attachments.

  8. Level: A bubble level for ensuring that pictures, shelves, and other objects are hung straight.

  9. Stud Finder: This tool helps you locate wall studs for secure wall mounting.

  10. Adjustable Pliers: A pair of adjustable tongue-and-groove pliers, commonly known as Channellock pliers, for a wide range of applications.

  11. Hacksaw: A versatile saw for cutting through various materials, including metal, plastic, and wood.

  12. Crescent Wrench: A larger adjustable wrench for plumbing tasks or working with larger nuts and bolts.

  13. Socket Set: A collection of sockets and ratchets for working on automotive projects, assembling furniture, and more.

  14. Measuring Tools: In addition to a tape measure, consider owning a combination square and a carpenter's square for precise measurements and marking angles.

  15. Flashlight: A reliable flashlight is invaluable during power outages or when working in poorly lit areas. Consider a rechargeable LED flashlight for longer battery life.

These tools should cover the basics for most DIY and home maintenance tasks. As you gain experience and tackle more projects, you can expand.

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