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15 Basic Household Tools Every Man Should Own

If your father is anything like mine, he owns every single tool that has ever been featured in one of Harbor Freight Tools‘ member’s only catalog. When I’m at my parent’s house, the tool I need is always just a simple request away. My dad has this miraculous ability to materialize any given item from an unnavigable mess in less than a minute. It’s quite impressive actually.

However, now that I’m a gentlemanly scholar living life on my own, I realize that I don’t have any of the necessary tools I need for miscellaneous tasks. So I went to Home Depot multiple times to pick up the tools I needed to set up my new place. Here’s a list of basic household tools you should start with so you don’t have to make five separate trips like I did. Believe it or not, you can’t fix everything with duct tape.

1. Hammer
2. Electric Drill with Drill Bits
3. Phillips Head Screwdriver
4. Flat Head Screwdriver
5. Adjustable wrenches
6. Socket wrench
7. WD-40
8. Needle nose Pliers
9. Level
10. Measuring Tape
11. Gloves
12. Flashlight
13. Hacksaw
14. Pocketknife
15. Hatchet

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  1. When you buy your first home, you’ll need to add a few more items to that list. The first one that you should buy is a decent saws-all (and the blades to go with it). I’ve used mine on everything from shower inserts to old Christmas trees. You should also have a decent supply of silicone caulk and sandpaper, a pipe wrench, painter’s tape, a few good paint brushes and rollers (don’t waste money on the one-and-done variety), and a giant Maglite. The Maglite can double as a weapon. True story.

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