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KATHY'S HOME & GARDEN TIPS - BASIC TOOL LIST FOR FIRST TIME HOME OWNERS
I was sent this list by a Lender friend of mine and found it to be so complete that I thought I would pass it along.

You can save money on little jobs around the house by doing them yourself. Here are the tools to keep handy:

1. 16-ounce rip hammer Heavy enough to drive big nails, light enough to control. Straight claw can pull nails or rip out a wall. Fiberglass or steel handle, should feel well balanced.

2. 25-foot tape measure with 1-inch blade Extends without buckling, important when working alone.

3. 4-in-1 screwdriver Gives you large and small flat-head bits and large and small Phillips-head bits.

4. 4-foot spirit level Good size for putting up shelves. 

5. Line level or torpedo level Better for smaller jobs, like hanging pictures.

6. 6-inch adjustable crescent wrench for tight spaces.

7. 14-inch adjustable crescent wrench for more leverage.

8. Adjustable channel-lock pliers for nuts and shower heads. 

9. Lineman's pliers for cutting and twisting wire. 

10. Needle-nose pliers for fine work. 

11. Vise grips to also use as clamps.

12. Utility knife to mark wood, score and cut drywall and other tasks. Blade retracts or folds into handle.

13. 14-volt lithium battery powered drill. Works as a power screwdriver too, if you get screwdriver bits along with the twist bits.If you watch you can find these on sale at Menards or other such stores. Don't always go for the cheapest. You want good battery power and drill power.

14. 1-inch putty knife for filling nail holes.

15. 6-inch drywall knife for patching wall dings.

16. 9-inch paint roller frame with disposable roller covers.

17. Paint tray

18. 2 1/2-inch angled brush

19. 5-in-1 painter's tool  blade for scraping, putty remover, spreader, 1/2-round cutout to remove paint from rollers; sharp point to open cracks for patching

20. Round-point garden shovel

21. Flat-edge shovel 

22.Rake

23. Hand-held spade

24. Hedge clippers

All of this costs around $250, which you could save on your first job.

KATHLEEN WEAVER-ZECH & DEAN'S TEAM CHICAGO
Posted: Tuesday, February 26, 2013 5:20 PM by Dean's Team

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