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Your Home Maintenance Toolkit

Part of the Home Maintenance For Dummies Cheat Sheet

Whenever you’re about to start a maintenance project, run through these lists to ensure that you have all the tools you need:

Basic Equipment Other Handy Equipment
Bucket, 5-gallon Brass brush, toothbrush-size
Caulking gun Chisels, cold and wood
Circular saw Construction screws, assorted
Clamps Cutting oil
Claw hammer Duct tape
Combination square or speed square Nails, assorted
Drill, cordless, 3/8-inch variable-speed reversible Nylon scrub brush
Drill bit set Paintbrush
Flashlight Plunger
Flat scraper or putty knife Rags and towels
Glue, wood and all-materials (not Super Glue) Shims
Hand saw, small, multipurpose Silicone lubricant, waterless and oil-free
Ladder, 6-foot fiberglass Shop vacuum cleaner
Level, 36- or 48-inch aluminum Small sledgehammer
Pliers, standard (slip-joint), long-nose, Channellock, and wire-cutter (diagonal) Sponge
Gloves, rubber gloves and leather Toothbrushes
Safety goggles Wood screws, assorted
Sandpaper and sanding block
Sawhorse
Screwdrivers, several sizes of both flathead and Phillips
Tape measure, 25-foot
Utility knife and extra blades
Wrenches, basic set of open-ended crescent wrenches, set of ratcheting socket wrenches, and set Allen wrenches
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