D. Blancett

08:49AM | 11/06/99
Member Since: 11/05/99
1 lifetime posts
I plan to be purchasing my first house next year and since I have only lived in apartments my tool knowledge is limited at best. What basic tools/supplies should I have on hand for minor repairs and do-it-yourself projects. I have a hammer, 2 kinds of pliers, an adjustable wrench, tape measure, and an assortment of screwdrivers. I know I will need some guide books and other tools for inside and outside. I don't plan on buying a fixer-upper but I know that repairs come up even in new houses. As my expertise grows I want to be able to do projects and add to my collection. Since Christmas is just arround the corner, I thought this would be a good time to think about what I might need and add it to my wish list.


05:39AM | 11/08/99
This is kind of a tough one to answer, sounds like you have the "BASIC" tools, but you never know what you'll wind up needing. Anyway here's a few thoughts to put on you xmas wish list. Pipe wrench, shovel, vise grips, wrench set, wire striper/cutter, multi-meter, stud finder, circle saw, reciprocating saw, planer, sander(s), putty knifes. That's a quick list, but like I said you never know what you'll need until you actually need it. Hope this gives you some ideas, and I hope Santa is good to you!


04:32AM | 11/27/99
Member Since: 01/20/99
23 lifetime posts
I was in your situation just one year ago. Like you had the basics, but because my house was somewhat of a bring-into-the-90s rather than a fixer-upper, I had to add tools to my arsenal. The tools I have purchased over the year included a screwdriver with changeable bits, a drill with good assortment of bits including those that drill up to 0.5 inch holes, vise grip, a jigsaw, a palm sander, various paint brushes (esp. the disposable foam ones), loppers (with metal handles), pruners, hand clippers, an edger, a mulching mower, a blower/vaccuum, a garden cart (I really recommend this if you buy a house that has landscaping in need of work). At this point my family and friends automatically give me gift certificates to Home Depot, pick up tools at estate sales for me, or tell me about really good local sales (garage or retail) in our area.

Good luck with your house hunting and have fun selecting your tools.

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