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comment What are the tools that every Do-it-Yourselfer must own?
This, and a good drill, are the two must-own power tools for any homeowner. The last point on the list is critical; a nice long wood or demo blade will make mincemeat of that dead branch in your backyard, and the "trash tree" saplings that have gotten beyond the ability of your bypass loppers.
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comment What are the tools that every Do-it-Yourselfer must own?
I prefer this one: milwaukeetool.com/hand-tools/utility-knives/48-22-1901. Beefy in the hand unlike the Kobalt folder, but because it does fold it's more compact. The gut hook, wire cutters and the one-handed flick open/close mechanism all make it a great general utility knife (though check your jurisdiction; the mechanism may make it illegal as a "switchblade" or "gravity knife".
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comment What are the tools that every Do-it-Yourselfer must own?
@MikeB - An NCVT is a safety tool; it lets you know if the switch you're about to open up is still live because you turned off the wrong breaker. A breaker finder does exactly that; plug it into the piece you need to work on and scan the panel switches for the correct breaker to throw.
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comment What are the tools that every Do-it-Yourselfer must own?
I have the older incarnation, where the back saw goes into a plastic piece to steady it, and that piece clamps to a post that has the angle adjustment. The box-jig design above is so much more elegant in its simplicity.
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comment What are the tools that every Do-it-Yourselfer must own?
@kkeilman - What you refer to with the downward impact stroke is a hammer drill, meant mainly for heavy drilling e.g. concrete. An impact driver adds rotational power with its impacts; it's the motorized version of you putting a box wrench on a bolt and hitting the other end with a mallet to loosen or tighten it. As far as use, I mainly use mine outside, for fencing, deckwork, swing sets, and other situations involving lag bolts and long wood screws.
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comment What are the tools that every Do-it-Yourselfer must own?
The deadblow and rubber mallet are slightly different; they do mostly the same jobs, but a rubber mallet is solid rubber and can bounce back when you're really pounding on something. Hence the deadblow, filled loosely with lead shot and thus it has all the bounce of a sandbag. Because the deadblow has a hard shell, though, it can be more damaging to the surface being struck than a solid rubber mallet.
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comment What are the tools that every Do-it-Yourselfer must own?
Actually most aren't that sensitive, unfortunately. I have one of the ones in the picture, and you have to pretty much stick it into the plug to get it to light.
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