AT Email: My Toolbox for Living #3, Essential Handtools - 3.3.08

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March 3, 2008

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Don't snooze, this is important! So you've got a toolbox and a nice cordless drill, what are you going to put IN the box? The first thing you need is a few hand tools that will allow you to take care of 95% of the projects you are going to tackle around the house. It is incredibly frustrating not to have a tool you need, so this list is designed to take care of almost every bit of that frustration. And it's only 8 items long!

  • 1. 1 Hammer - I like a classic wood handled hammer.
  • 2 Screwdrivers - You need a Philips head and a flat head screwdriver and if you want to combine the two like the one above that's fine. Personally, I like to have one of each, the old fashioned kind, but the kit does save space:
  • 2 Adjustable Crescent Wrenches - You want two of these, one small and one medium sized. An 8 inch and a 10 inch will do you fine:
  • 1 Tongue and Groove Plier - These funny looking things are incredibly useful and have the ability to open their mouths up and grab onto things that your regular pliers can't.
  • 1 Slip Joint Plier - Just a basic 8 inch version will do you fine, but get yourself one with a rubber grip of some kind. They really help.
  • 1 Needlenose Plier - I don't use this very often, but find it essential for any electrical work. The needlenose gets into tight spaces and the cutter will clip your wires.

(All of these you can find are your local hardware store, but if your addicted to your computer here's a link to Amazon Hand Tools. And if you are worried about BRAND NAMES, just keep it simple. Stanley and Craftsman (Sears) are just fine.

These 8 tools are your basics and you don't need much more. However, there are a few specialty tools that are nice to have in a pinch and I'm going to put together a good list of materials that will round off your box. Stay tuned and get into our Cure which starts today!

Best,

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Maxwell left teaching in 2001 to start Apartment Therapy as a design business helping people to make their homes more beautiful, organized AND healthy. The website started up in 2004 with the help of his brother, Oliver.

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