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Several Useful Power Tools for Homeowners

Dec 24,2008

There are basic tools that you will need for any project, big or small. All of these Power Tools can be purchased at your local home improvement center or tool store. There are two grades of power tools. One grade is strictly for homeowners; these are less expensive than commercial power tools and will withstand basic jobs around the home. The other grade is for commercial use. Commercial use power tools will withstand a lot of wear and tear and are generally more expensive. Before purchasing your power tools, decide how much use your power tools will get and how many projects you plan on using them for. If you plan on only using them a few times, then the less expensive power tools are for you. Almost all power tool manufacturers make the two different grades of power tools.


Most people have a hammer in their homes, that can drive nails into and remove them from any surface. There are several types of hammers on the market, such as ones with a smooth face or others with a curled claw. Hammers also vary in weight and can be as light as sixteen ounces or lower.


A household should also have several screwdrivers. There are some screwdrivers, which allow the worker to switch quickly between the straight slot and a standard Phillips-head.

Tape Measure

A tape measure is also very important when attempting do-it-yourself jobs. Many prefer a 25 foot tape measure that is at least one inch wide. A tape measure will ensure that your materials are cut accurately.

Utility Knife

Another essential is the utility knife, which can be very inexpensive but can be used regularly. A knife with a retractable blade is always better. The owner of a utility knife should change the blades regularly because dull blades can cause injuries and produce poor results.

Pliers & Wrenches

Slip joint pliers are also very important. A socket wrench set is also very helpful and will make tightening and loosening nuts and bolts easier. The wrenches vary based on size so it is important to purchase a set or wrenches to be equipped to handle various jobs. Although all of these tools are very import, there are other more powerful tools which are essential for most homeowners.

Power Drill

Most find use in a good power drill, which can drill holes and push screws through walls and materials faster than an average hand tool. Power drills come with various options. For example, there are power drills which come corded and others that are cordless. Most prefer cordless power drills with rechargeable batteries.

Circular Saw

Another important basic is the circular saw, which can be used for cutting lumber or plywood. Some choose to buy a cheap saw, but these saws are often not powerful enough to tackle certain jobs. A powerful circular saw can usually cut through dense material.


Many choose to purchase a level, which will ensure that your job is perfectly vertical or horizontal, depending on your desired outcome. This is especially important if you are doing some remodeling. You can store many levels in a tool box. Make sure you understand how a level works before attempting any jobs using a level.

Stud Finder

A stud finder can be used, especially if you are working with dry wall. There are several basic, battery-operated stud finders that are reliable with drywall wall and ceilings. On thicker plaster walls, you may want to use a stud finder that is a bit stronger and can detect the nails used to secure wood lath to studs.

There are several tools that are essential for those attempting do-it-yourself projects. But before you operate any power tool, make sure you read the directions thoroughly and understand how to operate the implement. Safety is a must when using powerful machinery. When you use power tools make sure you use eye protection that extends over the entire eye area.


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