Allen Key: Not everybody has an Allen key, but everybody should. Some sports equipment and furniture have certain screws that require more than a regular screwdriver. Allen keys are irreplaceable if you plan on doing any type of home improvement projects or repairs.
Extension Cord: If you own a home, you probably have a yard, too. An insulated extension cord makes it easier to do yard work and to work on projects in your garage or driveway, too.
Flashlight: From searching for a pair of earrings you lost behind the couch to being prepared in case your power goes out during a storm, everybody should have a flashlight in their tool box (and car, too).
Hammer: There’s pretty much no other tool you can use to put nails into a wall or to take them out. Spend a little more money on a hammer and get a good one - pricier hammers are lightweight, making them easier to use.
Level: You may think you’re great at eyeballing how level something is, but save yourself some trouble and use a level anyway - you’ll limit the number of holes you put in the wall.
Pliers: It’s possible that you’ve never used pliers before, but you should still have a pair in your toolbox. Pliers let you hold objects in place, plus they let you pinch, pull, and bend metal.
Power Drill: This is a sort of luxury item when it comes to tools, but DIY projects and wall mountings are a hundred times easier when you have a power drill.
Screwdriver: You won’t realize how many things you need a screwdriver for until you don’t have one handy. This is a must-have for any homeowner or renter. The easiest thing to do is to get a screwdriver handle that lets you swap out interchangeable tips. You definitely need a Philips Head and a flathead screwdriver, for starters.
Tape Measure: From figuring out how to space wall art to estimating floor plans and buying new furniture, a tape measure is something you should always have in your house.
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