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8 must-have tools every homeowner or renter should own

Build a tool set that includes the basics, and you’ll be prepared for nearly everything.

Essential tools

Wander the aisles of any home improvement store with its shelves of hand and power tools, and it’s easy for your home or rental improvement imagination to run wild. The lure of the right tool for every job might be super strong, but it can also be super expensive. And it’s important to consider how often you’ll use a tool and whether you can rent it instead for a one-time job.

Eight foundation hand tools can help nearly every homeowner or renter, whether they’re an avid DIYer or just need to hang a photo once in a while. That list includes a hammer, for instance, which is a must for hanging but can be used for demolition, too. A utility knife offers sturdy cutting and scoring, while a combination square enables you to draw angles and straight lines. Round out a basic tool set with slip-joint pliers, an adjustable wrench, cordless drill, level and tape measure, and you’ll be able to build your skill set and maintain your home. Then add three safety protective pieces to help guard your eyes, hands and ears.

Read on for buying tips and uses for these eight must-have tools for homeowners and renters.

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