What are all the tools needed to fix up a home?

Like electric saw, caulking,measuring tape. everything needed from exterior to interior. I am trying to fix up my home.. I know the materials example windows, drywall, doors, etc. I want to know all the tools I will ever need possible to be able to install things in a home. So I can make it easier for myself by not having to keep going back and forth to the store. Please help!!!

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  • Ken Ken on Apr 25, 2018
    I've been doing home repair and renovation for over 40 years. I am always finding a need for new tools, depending on the project. Sometimes it is for a project I've done before but materials and styles change over time making my old tool useless. Sometimes better tools for a project are introduced to the market. The "multi-tool", a vibrating electric saw, comes to mind. It is a more recent innovation and makes some projects easy that were almost impossible before. Count on spending thousands of dollars and creating a fairly large workshop to accommodate your collection of portable and stationary tools. I have around a thousand square feet of my basement dedicated to my hobby at this time.

    In short, it is not realistic to think that you will be able to obtain every tool you will need to take on every project around the home. Even contractors specialize in one area and have tools for their specialty but not others. As your skills develop so will your need for new tools.

    • Kia Doster Kia Doster on Apr 26, 2018
      Thanks a lot sir. Very informative! ! I am from Pittsburgh PA, is that anywhere near you?

  • Emily Emily on Apr 25, 2018
    visit a construction site and ask the carpenters. We had work done last summer and certain things are paramount, electric saws, electric drills, hammers, nail guns, measuring implements. It is not possible to give an "ever" need as new improvements and implements are invented constantly. Remember that the acquisition of tools is a life long pursuit. Also each individual has certain strengths and skills and interests, so the tools a woman furniture maker needs might differ from those my very handy husband needs ..

  • Shore grandmom Shore grandmom on Apr 25, 2018
    Ken is right. You will have to pick up different tools for different projects. When you are planning a project, then go get what you'll need for that particular one.

  • Joy30150932 Joy30150932 on Apr 26, 2018
    Basic tools to start any project: hammer, electric or battery saw, level, 12 V cordless drill, bits, drills, square, pliers, tape, pencils, measurements for your project, screws of various sizes with bits to fit. Go one project at a time and purchase or rent what you need. When buying battery operated tools stick to one brand and then the battery will fit any tool you are using. Good Luck!

    • Kia Doster Kia Doster on Apr 26, 2018
      Thank you so much!! I will look into all of these and when I need something else I will stop at the store!

  • Lisa S. Lisa S. on Apr 26, 2018
    If you have a Habitat for Humanity Restore in your community, you can get some tools there inexpensively also church sales. Hammer, big and little. Handsaw, metal file, various screw drivers, electric drill / bits, measuring tape, a level , pry bars, different sizes.

    • Kia Doster Kia Doster on Apr 26, 2018
      Yes I surely do have one of those and I love it!!! I appreciate your input.. I just need to familiarize myself with more things!

  • Ken Ken on Apr 27, 2018
    I'm on the other end of the state Kia, about 4 hours away on the PA Turnpike. Harbor Freight has a half-dozen or so stores in the Pittsburgh area. Start your tool collection by buying the tools you will need for your first project.

    You are right that there are a few basics, like circular saw, drill, tape measure, claw hammer, screw drivers, several different pliers, level, razor knife, and on and on... that will become the core of your tool kit.

    I can make a brand recommendation for cordless tools. Home Depot sells Ryobi One+ 18v cordless tools. I have owned several cordless drills from Harbor Freight and the Ryobi is far and away superior. All use the same One+ batteries. An eBay seller called vipoutlets often has kits with several tools, refurbished, for a great price with batteries and charger. Can't remember the last time I used a corded drill.