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PLIERS Used as pliers. Stripper 80 - 22/20 Strip 22-20 AWG (.8 mm) wire. 1.0 - 18 Strip 18 AWG (1.0 mm) wire. 1.3 - 16 Strip 16 AWG (1.3 mm) wire. 1.6 - 14 Strip 14 AWG (1.6 mm) wire. 2.0 - 12 Strip 12 AWG (2.0 mm) wire. 1.6 - 10 Strip 10 AWG (2.6 mm) wire. CUT Used to cut wires and cables. LOOP The loop hole is used to bend hooks in ...
A cordless drill No doubt about it. I bought a DeWalt 14.4V three years ago, and it's been invaluable to me.
A good weight crowbar Use it for lifting, prying, removing, bashing, demolishing and most importantly, against zombies and headcrabs.
A good, stiff measuring tape
The holes in the center are bolt cutters for metric bolts, the loop hole is to help you make loops in wire, see this link for an example of loop usage.
Utility Knife For about $10-15 USD you can get 100 utility knife blades, so you don't have to worry about sharpening your knife/breaking the blade (except your eyes of course!). I use mine for all sorts of stuff.
A first aid kit ...that is easy to find!
A multimeter (Image licensed under the Creative Commons)
Needle-nose pliers These are the most often used tool in my toolbox, not that they ever make it back into the toolbox.
Hammers and screwdrivers. You aren't going to get much done without them... A good jigsaw can be very helpful for many tasks as well.
Locking pliers Commonly known by the genericised trademark "Vise-Grip" I find that I use it one way or another on every project I do.
A power miter saw (compound if possible). It will cut anything you'd cut with a circular saw (other than large sheets), and you'll also be able to cut any trim pieces you'll ever need. Adding and replacing trim is a relatively easy thing to do and can quickly add value and better the appearance of a house. Few things come as close the a bang-for-the-buck ...
It's a bit for screwing in eye bolts, or hooks. Attach the bit to your driver handle or power driver. Fit the eye bolt into the groove. Screw the bolt in/out, without hurting your fingers. The list of bits in this set, lists it as a "Y-shape hook driver".
Non-Contact Voltage Tester. This comes in very handy to make sure you turned off the correct circuit breaker before doing any electrical work. And really helps if you have some funky wiring in your house and not everything in a single box is on the same circuit.
Screwdriver set Your exact types will differ by country, but you likely want: Slot-head (2 or 3 sizes) Phillips (atleast size #3, maybe #2 and #4) Robertson (atleast red, green, and black) Rubber handles will save your hands after a bit of use. Also, try to find black tipped drivers, as this means they're hardened and shouldn't wear down as quickly.
A reciprocating saw (a.ka. sawzall) - Makes short work of any tearout job. Gets into places that other saws can't. Great stand-in for a chainsaw outside (for small stuff)
Set of standard and metric allen keys.
Quick clamps. about a million times better than these:
Good levels of different sizes
A circular saw of course. And don't skimp - you'll use it enough that it's worthwhile to spend the money and get a decent (and light) one.
A good set of channel lock pliers (multiple sizes). Use them on almost every job, especially plumbing.
Shamelessly ripped off from here, looks like the primary reason why we still have "bad" screws (flat head and Phillips) is that the "better" types of screws are simply more difficult/expensive to manufacture: The reason for the different styles is cost and torque. The slotted head screws are cheap and easy to make. But they're completely ...
Here are some charts from Bolt Depot. Bolt Depot is a handy resource, and has lots of information about all different types of fasteners. Pilot hole size: Wood Screw Diameter: *Major thread diameter is measured on the outside of the threads.
A dremel with various bits: cut-off wheel, stone, sandpaper, polisher, etc.
5-in-1 Tool: Great for scraping, pealing, poking. I use it all the time (and it is stronger than a putty knife).
I wouldn't worry so much about blades flying out, even when using a cheap harbor freight saw. What is more likely to happen is the motor will burn out quicker than a quality tool. I've bought many harbor freight tools for "time to time" use. I've got a drill press that's lasted quite a long while ... granted I only use it a few times a year so I got my ...
Rubber mallet - good for things where a hammer will just dent things - also good for adjusting things with taps.
Complete socket wrench set for 1/4", 3/8", and 1/2" drives and box/closed end wrenches. Should include shallow and deep sockets. Places like Sears will carry an affordable portable fitted toolbox with all the sockets and wrenches.
Fire extingusher I have something similar to this Kiddie Single-use from Home Depot because of its ABC rating: Suitable for use on Class A (trash, wood, & paper), Class B (liquids & gases) and Class C fires (energized electrical equipment). The Full Home unit is fitted with a pressure gauge that provides at-a-glance status, is manufactured ...
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