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7 MUST Haves in any beginners toolbox

Claw Hammer

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A good, solid hammer can be used for driving nails into wood as well as small demolition jobs.


Utility Knife

While it may not be the most exciting of the tools, your utility knife will never be found gathering dust at the bottom of your toolbox. Every project always provides plenty of things to cut and scrape, hundreds of tasks that cry out for the utility knife’s super sharp blade.

Level

Whether you’re hanging up pictures or putting a mantle over your fireplace, a straight line is absolutely crucial. You don’t want to put a bunch of nails in the wall, only to step back and see that’s it’s crooked. To get the job done right the first time, you need to use a level.

Cordless Drill and Bits

A good cordless drill is an essential tool to have in your toolbox. It can be used for drilling holes into sheetrock or driving screws into a 2×4. When choosing a cordless drill, you want one with lots of power, which is measured by the amount of voltage in its battery.

Tape Measure

Whether you’re building a gun cabinet or measuring to see if that flat screen TV will fit in your den, a dependable 25′ retractable metal measuring tape is a must. Plus, they’re fun for your kids.

Phillips Screwdriver

A Phillips head screwdriver has a four star point at the end that fits into the corresponding screw’s shallow, cross-shaped depression. This design allows a user to apply more torque than is possible with a flathead screwdriver.

Flathead Screwdriver

A flathead screwdriver has a single blade that fits into the single slot of a flathead screw. Flathead screws have been around for a long time, so it’s likely your great-great grandpa had a few flathead screwdrivers in his tool chest.

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