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Top Ten Household Hand Tools You Need To Have

1. Hammer

There's an old saying, "When your only tool is a hammer, every problem looks like a nail." But even when you have a box full of tools, there are times when only a hammer will do. You will find lots of uses for a good 16-ounce claw hammer.

2. Flat screwdriver

This is the tool to use on those screws that have a slot in the head. You'll find them everywhere, and when they need to be tightened or loosened, only a screwdriver will do.

3. Philips screwdriver

The Philips screwdriver's point looks like a plus sign when viewed head-on. Philips screws abound in furniture, electronics gear, appliances, etc. You will get lots of use out of this tool.

4. Pliers

A good pair of pliers is one of your most versatile tools. Pliers come in many forms, sizes, and shapes, and are handy for gripping, holding, twisting, and manipulating lots of things.

5. Adjustable wrench

Also known as a crescent wrench, it comes in a variety of sizes and is used for loosening and tightening nuts and bolts. If you don't have an array of sized box-end or open-end wrenches, you can make do with one or two adjustable wrenches.

6. Saw

There are many different types of saws, but the popular hacksaw with interchangeable blades is probably the most versatile. With the proper blade it will cut various types of metal, plastic, wood, and other materials.

7. Tape measure

This handy item helps you find the right height to hang pictures, determine whether a piece of furniture will fit through a door, discover what size drapes and curtains will cover a window, and much more. It's also useful outdoors. Get at least a 25-foot tape measure for optimal use.

8. Level

This tool helps you hang pictures straight, install mirrors and medicine cabinets, and keep things square.

9. Stud finder

If you are attaching heavy items to a wall, you need to nail or screw into a wall stud. This will help you find them behind the sheet rock.

10. Utility knife

With replaceable blades, this tool is always sharp and will cut cardboard, linoleum, carpet, and more.


When you have mastered these simple tools, you're then ready to graduate to power tools.