06:58PM | 03/24/03
Member Since: 03/23/03
2 lifetime posts
Hi Folks,
I am getting married in May and should be a first-time home owner at the end of April. We're registering at Home Depot for some tools. Here's our situation. We've always rented and consequently never owned more than a couple of screwdrivers and wrenches.

For some of you guys that have more experience at this, what are some of the most useful tools to have around the house?

We've made a preliminary list, so please add, delete, and comment or make specific recommendations as you see fit.

Cordless drill 12 - 14.4 V
Circular Saw
mitre/manual saw
set of screwdrivers
set of nutdrivers
pipe wrench

lawn mover
hedge trimmers (electric or manual)
chain saw

anything else you folks have found useful, please share your experience.



04:32AM | 03/25/03
Member Since: 01/14/03
264 lifetime posts
I'd add the following:

At least one good hammer.
A good tape measure (25 foot).
A combination square.
A good pointed shovel.
A leaf rake.
A yard rake.

More than what you've listed and these things really depends on what you plan to do around the house. If you're just thinking about general repairs, then some things can be left until later. But if you're looking at renovations, the list might be longer. I'm sure others will add to this.


05:04PM | 03/25/03
Member Since: 11/25/02
11 lifetime posts
Reader's Digest"Fix-It-Yourself Manual"

I got one when I got married in '79.Still use it!

There is a newer one out.The book is a must for anyone not living in a box car or a cardboard box on Lower Wacker Dr.

Shows and explains how to repair,clean,and maintain anything and everything in and around your home.Luck


06:13PM | 04/17/03
Member Since: 04/01/03
4 lifetime posts
You might want to add:
Leaf blower
Cordless Drill and a set of bits
Cordless Screwdriver
(Black & Decker makes many tools that have interchangeable rechargable batteries. This is very convenient. If you ask for these, put extra B&D batteries on the list too.)
Hand Vacuum
Staple Gun
SHELF TRUCK!!! a.k.a. a dolly
Pruning shears
Snake light flashlight
Best of luck in your new life.


06:23PM | 04/17/03
Member Since: 04/16/03
2 lifetime posts
I use my dremel for alot of things. Any type of small jobs, engraving, sharpening and buffing.


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