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Drills & Bits: The Tools We Love

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We love tools. Your relationship with your level is always balanced, and you can always drive home your point with a nail and hammer. Today, profess your love by perfecting your toolbox. With the following ten tools you can fix, well, almost anything. And, that’s something to celebrate!

Fight the urge to go to the discount store and buy cheap tools. Yes, you can buy twice as many tools for the same price, but they’re cheaper for a reason. Cheap tools will just rust over and break quickly. Plus, high-end tools come with a lifetime warranty, so you can grow old with your hammer.

Don’t stress over buying all the tools at once. Start with your toolbox, and slowly make your way down the list:

Toolbox First, buy something to put those new tools in. This is as important as the nuts and bolts, because tools are useless if you can’t find them. We love these: Montezuma Toolboxes.

Safety Glasses Always protect your eyes! You can find safety glasses for less than $5. We like these Sperian glasses we found at Home Depot.

Hammer Professionals recommend you choose a hammer with a straight claw instead of a curved claw, because they’re more effective for common jobs (like pulling nails). Opt for a synthetic handle over a wooden handle, and be sure your hammer isn’t head strong… we mean heavy.

Screwdrivers To us, this is one tool where your best option is to buy a mixed set. Be sure your set includes ¼ and 3/8-inch flat heads and No. 1 and No. 2 Phillips head drivers. We love this set from Stanley Tools.

Tape Measure You’re buying new furniture? You can measure your room and make sure that new couch fits. Measure your windows, measure your drapes, and measure the length of your arm. There is always something to measure.

Crescent Wrench The crescent wrench is your best option because it’s adjustable, so you can use it with an array of nuts and bolts.

Vise-Grip Pliers Vise-grip pliers lock in place, and can be used as pliers, a pipe wrench, an adjustable wrench, wire cutters, a ratchet, or a clamp. So versatile!

Needle-Nose Pliers Needle-nose pliers are helpful for cutting, bending, gripping, or stripping wire. They are long and thin, so they make it easy to work in tight spaces.

Pry Bar Pry bars are helpful whether you’re demolishing a wall or opening a crate. Buy a pry bar made of hexagonal steel instead of spring steel. The spring steel models bounce when you hammer them. We do not recommend using a pry bar to open a brewsky.

Cordless Drill and Bits Make sure your drill has multiple speeds and is reversible. Yes, you want a drill with a lot of power (meaning high voltage), but increased voltage means increased weight, so buy something that isn’t too heavy. This 12-volt from Black & Decker is a good option.

Did we miss any tools you love? What do you reach for most often out of your toolbox?

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