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Basic tool set? 523

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Basic tool set?
« on: May 06, 2019, 12:32:44 PM »
My friend has just got his own house. He is not technically minded or particularly handy in the slightest. He has some tools borrowed from friends including some of mine. Although I'll end up doing most things for him. What, in your opinions is a good starter tool kit? I'm thinking of basing it around a Stanley tool roll. I already got him a Gerber suspension. A majority of the tools will be new with some of my duplicates thrown in. We are not talking major jobs etc just little fix it things that I think he will be able to manage Haha

My list so far-
Tape measure 3m
Pozi and flat screw driver (maybe a multi bit)
Pliers
Shifter spanner
Pump grips
Filling knife
Stanley blade
Maybe a small set of mole grips.

Any input would be greatly appreciated!

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Re: Basic tool set?
« Reply #1 on: May 06, 2019, 03:18:37 PM »
Cordless drill, hammer, flat bar, level, hand saw
Jr. Member Posts: 98
Re: Basic tool set?
« Reply #2 on: May 06, 2019, 04:41:55 PM »
Cordless drill, hammer, flat bar, level, hand saw
The drill he will have to get himself lol

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Re: Basic tool set?
« Reply #3 on: May 06, 2019, 05:49:03 PM »
I assume a "shifter spanner" is an adjustable wrench?
How about a flashlight (torch)?

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Re: Basic tool set?
« Reply #4 on: May 06, 2019, 07:51:09 PM »
A mid sized Knipex Plier Wrench. For all those hex, square or flat shaped things around the house, plumbing, cars, cycles and what not. 250mm/ 10" size is a good starter.

And a proper cutting plier? Universal pliers can be fine when there is plenty of room or the work can come to the plier, but dedicated cutters are usually better at it and especially in tight spots.
« Last Edit: May 06, 2019, 07:56:57 PM by Vidar »

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Re: Basic tool set?
« Reply #5 on: May 06, 2019, 09:20:32 PM »
Maybe a SAK?  :pok: :)

It's no tool box replacement, but I love the idea of having something handy always at my side.
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Re: Basic tool set?
« Reply #6 on: May 06, 2019, 11:46:08 PM »
There are a lot of people whose only tools is an SAK or LM they keep stuck in a drawer.  And from personal experience (mostly from out in the field, when I had no other tools)--that ain't gonna cut it.

Mine would be. And this is mostly what's in my toolbox.   A bit extensive, but a lot of the cheap homeowner's tool sets include a similar list.

Decent Flashlight (most of those homeowners tool kits include a piece of junk).
Adustable Wrench
Hammer (claw)
Hammer (soft face)
Multi-bit screwdriver
Linesman's pliers
Needlenose pliers
Wire Cutters
Channellock or Knipex Cobra type pliers. I prefer the latter, but Channellock is cheaper and American made.
Pry Bar (something like the old Stanley Wonder Bar; that was my first)
Utility Knife
Pipe Wrench (about a 10" will do)
Plierrench (yes, this is an odd, specialized tool that's been discussed here before. But a full set with all the jaws will save a ton of headache for several tasks.
Precision Screwdriver Set
Hand saw.

And maybe some assorted hardware:  Some homeowner's tool kits, again, include a little bit of this stuff, but the quality is BAD.

Duct Tape
Electrical Tape
Steel Wire (I find a roll of rebar binding wire is something always handy to have around)
Photo Hanging Kit
Assorted Nails
Assorted screws (All three of these can be found in assortments that are under $5 total)
Jr. Member Posts: 98
Re: Basic tool set?
« Reply #7 on: May 08, 2019, 07:25:26 PM »
Awesome suggestions!

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Re: Basic tool set?
« Reply #8 on: June 12, 2019, 12:57:57 PM »
*most* of my problems in the house are solved with medium and small shifter, P1, P2, P3, assorted flat head drivers, a pair of linesman pliers and a ball pein hammer.

The odd event requires more specialist (or precision) tools, but for fixing door handles or hinges, adjusting this or that, whacking the odd proud nail, and levering off the stove tops to clean underneath (for example), I'm well set with the above (I didn't have to think too hard about the list, I just looked at my bookcase, which has some tools that either myself or my wife use often enough that I can't be bothered moving them to a better place, and so by the process of natural selection, must the be home essentials)


For something to do, I priced these up with Stanley brand, and it came to $117, which, by Australian Minimum Wage standards, is about six-and-a-half hours wages, let's call it a day's pay.

Not bad for a decent baseline of tools that should last forever and can be built upon with more specific requirements over time.


(Also, notably, cheaper than a Leatherman Wave  :whistle:)


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Re: Basic tool set?
« Reply #9 on: June 14, 2019, 03:50:54 AM »
Not sure if the OP is still checking on this thread, but here is my list:

Flat Blade Screwdrivers                              
   3/8" blade (very large)                           
   1/4" blade (medium)                           
   1/8" blade (small)                           
Philips Screwdrivers                              
   #2                           
   #1                           
Claw Hammer (16 oz or 20 oz is good)                              
Tape Measure (10' to 25') or Folding Ruler                              
Utility or Electricians' Knife                              
Slip-Joint (standard) Pliers                              
Tongue-and-Groove (Channellock) Pliers (one medium or one large + one small)                              
Locking (Vise-Grip) Pliers (one medium or one large + one small)                              
One wire stripper with mulitple holes, one for each size wire                              
One large adjustable (Cresent) Wrench (12")                              
One small adjustable (Cresent) Wrench (6")                              
Needle Nose Pliers                              
Linemans' Pliers                              
Level (about 6" to 10" is good) - should have at least two bubbles (one vertical and one horizontal), plus a hole for a string                              
Diagonal Cutting Pliers                              
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Re: Basic tool set?
« Reply #10 on: August 19, 2019, 07:01:24 PM »
There are a lot of people whose only tools is an SAK or LM they keep stuck in a drawer.  And from personal experience (mostly from out in the field, when I had no other tools)--that ain't gonna cut it.

Mine would be. And this is mostly what's in my toolbox.   A bit extensive, but a lot of the cheap homeowner's tool sets include a similar list.

Decent Flashlight (most of those homeowners tool kits include a piece of junk).
Adustable Wrench
Hammer (claw)
Hammer (soft face)
Multi-bit screwdriver
Linesman's pliers
Needlenose pliers
Wire Cutters
Channellock or Knipex Cobra type pliers. I prefer the latter, but Channellock is cheaper and American made.
Pry Bar (something like the old Stanley Wonder Bar; that was my first)
Utility Knife
Pipe Wrench (about a 10" will do)
Plierrench (yes, this is an odd, specialized tool that's been discussed here before. But a full set with all the jaws will save a ton of headache for several tasks.
Precision Screwdriver Set
Hand saw.

And maybe some assorted hardware:  Some homeowner's tool kits, again, include a little bit of this stuff, but the quality is BAD.

Duct Tape
Electrical Tape
Steel Wire (I find a roll of rebar binding wire is something always handy to have around)
Photo Hanging Kit
Assorted Nails
Assorted screws (All three of these can be found in assortments that are under $5 total)

Good starter kit right there, and what Steve C said earlier. Also maybe a Miter Box and saw. Maybe also a wallboard saw, a nice organizer for all of the previously mentioned small hardware.

Dont forget a little ladder. Size depends on whether he will be reaching the top of cabinets or also cleaning out roof gutters, etc.

Get a 5 gallon bucket or two and some work gloves.

Good start. Actually that should get you through most issues, especially if you double up on a couple of those wrenches

 

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