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New Homeowners the Second Five Tools

Updated on July 24, 2011

Useful Tools for New Homeowners

If you've just moved into a house, be aware that there's going to be home renovation and house maintenance, and for those you'll need tools.

Or maybe you're looking for gifts for men, or gifts for teens, and you'd like to give them off with something useful that they'll have for a long time.

Here is the second batch of tools that I think every homeowner should have, and that I've found personally useful. I've selected a few examples of tools from Amazon that have features or sizes that are handy, or just generally better.

Crescent Wrench

A Crescent Wrench replaces needlenose pliers for gripping, but better for holding anything you’d prefer to keep from getting dented by pliers. A monkey wrench is the ultimate holding-while-tightening tool. Also doubles as a means of self-defense…

b. (funny pic of me defending myself against a teddy bear)

Utility Knife

Utility knives can be used for just about any cutting job. They have razor-sharp blades and because they are replaceable, you shouldn't feel too guilty using them for tasks you know are going to dull a blade.

For a utility knife you want a style where you can apply a great deal of pressure with one, more than most other knives will handle. Replace blades when they start to dull – it’s worth your time and energy to be using a sharp blade instead of trying to make an old one last.

Buying Tips: Choose a knife that you feel comfortable pressing down on with your other hand - there will be times when you need to do this, and you don't want to be hurting your hands when you try. Make sure the knife uses standard blades that are available everywhere - stay away from the new and "special" blades.

I've selected three knives as suggestions. The first one is a flip-open knife that some of my warehouse-working friends love (partially because it's just cool). The second is a cheap, simple, but effective version of the tool, and the last is a knife that I own that I like.

Vice Grips

When the pliers don’t cut it, vice grips will save your strength. They are also useful for when you need something held for awhile or when you need a third hand and don’t have one.

Buying tips: You really just need one tool. While you might go crazy and buy the super-pak (like the one to the right), it's not really necessary. Then again, sometimes you don't know how useful something is until you have one!

Tin Snips

Tin snips cut through anything – at least it seems that way when you’re stuck. My favourite use for these is getting those crazy zip-ties off of new purchases.

The offset ones really do help when you're trying to cut sheet metal (duct-work especially), but for most normal around-the-house jobs, the straight tin snips are just fine.

Buying Tips: Get a comfortable handle. Similar to the utility knife, you are going to be exerting a lot of force using these, and you don't want them to bite into your hand.

Duct Tape

Okay, so it’s not a tool, but get some for emergencies. You can use duct tape for a ton of different things.


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