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The Five Tools No Home Should Be Without

Even if changing a lightbulb is your idea of a challenging DIY project, there are certain tools your home should never be without. High-quality tools are a well-stocked home's most important accessory. These are five staple tools to always have readily on hand.

Claw Hammer – As with all tools, your claw hammer should be built to last. This type of hammer is known for its versatility. You can hammer all-sized nails in and, if necessary, use the backend to yank them out. Unless you are an abject minimalist who wants every wall in your home to be completely bare, a good quality hammer, plus a wide range of nail types, is a must.

Adjustable Wrench – Adjustable wrenches are used to tighten nuts and bolts of most sizes. Also known as adjustable spanners or crescents, these types of wrenches are available in a range of sizes and alloys. Adjustable wrenches come in handy for a wide variety of projects, such as kitchen and bathroom plumbing and auto repair.

Screwdrivers – Philips and flat-head screwdrivers in multiple sizes are an absolute necessity for a multitude of large and small day-to-day tasks, from tightening door knobs to battery installation. Buy a good quality set of 15-20 screwdrivers. This will save you time and effort in the long run.

Combination Pliers – A gripping tool that allows the user to firmly hold and manipulate objects, pliers come in handy for all types of repairs, including some electrical work. They can also be used to turn, pull or remove nails from walls or furniture.

Tool Box – A tool for your tools, a good quality, sturdy tool box helps you house everything you need efficiently, saving time and frustration. Buy a tool box large enough to house your growing collection and make sure there are multiple compartments and levels so you can keep everything organized in one place. Make sure to include flashlights, a tape measure, dust masks, work gloves and safety goggles in your tool box as well as your expanding cache of tools.

Corey Whelan is a freelance writer in New York. Her work can be found at

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