OK, as promised (or is it threatened ), here are a few of the tools I've found most invaluable over the years:
1. Vise-Grips. These are GREAT. You can lock them on something and they won't budge. Uses are too numerous to mention. Even hammer on them. I finally broke a needle-nose Vise-Grip after years of abuse.
2. A 6' stepladder. I've had the same one for over 20 years. It's not industrial-strength or anything--just a "class II" so it's got good balance between being fairly sturdy though lightweight.
3. Quick-grips. I often grab these handy clamps as a "third hand" to hold things.
4. Drills and screwdriver bits for your (hopefully) new cordless drill driver. I've had pretty good luck with sets of drills from Costco. As for screwdriver bits--these I do buy high-quality 10-packs from a hardware or home-improvement store. (The cheapies just wear out right away.)
5. A caulking gun. Important for us Rocky Mountain people!
6. Tape measure. I like a 25' but my wife prefers a 16'--the feel of it.
7. Saws--but what kind(s) really depends on the kind of stuff you'll be getting into. I'd wait until a project necessitates one before rushing out and buying anything. Or, post what kind of projects you have coming up and we'll suggest one.
OK, enough for now! Whew!
Till next time,