1) Bahco adjustable spanner (or any other *good* make, not a pound-shop
piece of cheesemetal).
2) Screwdriver handle with changeable hex bits and a set of good quality
bits covering crosshead, flat, hex/allen, torx. That, including the torx,
should allow you to open any electrical appliance.
Those two alone will let you open most things and deal with minor plumbing
issues like leaky taps and stuff.
3) If you were actually going to do some actual DIY, then a *good* (Blue
Bosch, Makita, Hitachi or equivalent make) battery power driver/drill.
Ideally a bigger mains drill and a smaller battery driver that could drill
to 1/8", but as a compromise, get one medium battery device is a
fantastically versatile piece of kit.
I have one of these:
For it's size it is insanely powerful - it can put 6mm wide 100mm (that's
probably No12 x 4" remmebering from my childhood) Screwtite screws (self
drilling lubricated woodscrews) into regular timber with ease. It can also
manage a bit of light drilling with hex drills.
 I speak from a British perspective - there may be "well known good"
makes particular to your location.
That still leaves upto one tool...
4) Side cutters for minor electrical stuff. Or good pliers that can actually
I do not know if it counts as a "tool", but a bloody good torch would be on
my essentials list - say a Maglite LED (maybe rechargeable). Pocket 2xAA is
a practical size to have in the car but still be useful, or a 4D cell "real
mans" version for keeping around the home. I like Maglite - solid,
waterproof and serviceable.
You really need to tell us what you usually do? Do you do any auto work,
even if it's fitting a new radio, changing a wheel. Any actual DIY or do you
just want to be able to fix day to day problems?
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"She got her looks from her father. He's a plastic surgeon."
I guess you have "everything for a dollar" shops?
But what would you call soft shite metal that the pliars and screwdrivers in
such shops are made of?
My dad use to have a term "muckite" (shitite is also used) for die-cast
alumunium that snaps as soon as you look at it.
cheesemetal is different - it never breaks but it might as well be lead for
all the use it is :-o
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"History will be kind to me for I intend to write it."
"Pot metal" is often used for cheap castings, but I've heard the term
applied to any low quality metal, even if it isn't cast.
Cheese metal is a good term. I once bought a drill bit at a home
improvement store that bent when I tried to drill a piece of wood with
it. Reminds me of the acronym ASO, meaning "anvil shaped object."
On Mon, 10 Dec 2012 06:20:54 -0500, firstname.lastname@example.org (Herb Eneva) wrote:
1. A box of condoms
2. A "Say No to Drugs" bumper sticker
3. A large foam pad to put under your gas pedal to prevent you from
burning rubber when you accelerate.
4. Ear plugs for that loud and vulgar crappy rap music that your
generation listens to.
Every house needs...
screwdriver (one that uses bits is handy, saves screwdriver
crescent wrench (alternatively & better, a set of sockets)
Power, depends on what you want to do with them but...
3/8" drill & bits
cut off saw
router and basic bits
I was thinking the same thing. I have a router, belt sander, and
orbital sander. I have not used any of them in years.
I'd add a circular saw and saber saw to that list before a sander or
router. A sawsall is handy too. and yes, an electric drill is at the
top of the list for power tools. I also use an angle grinder very often
for metal, and even use it on wood occasionally, when I need to hack a
small fraction of an inch off a board.
We're all different. I had 2 routers before I bought my first reciprocating
saw. I certainly use my router and router table much more often than my
reciprocating saw. Just yesterday, I tried my hand at making cabinet doors
and drawer fronts. I made a lot of sawdust with my router but the
reciprocating saw never left its case. I also used my palm sander, but not
my saber saw.
As I said in my response to the OP: We need to know what the adult in
question plans to use the tools for before we can offer a list specifically
for him/her - especially when we start talking about power tools. Sure, a
screwdriver set, hammer, locking pliers and a tape measure are a decent
start for hand tools, but the choice of power tools really depends on what
tasks are in this particular adult's near future.
I would not limit it to just 4 tools. For $ 20 to $ 50 you can get a tool
set that contains many of the most needed tools. Granted that they will not
be the top quality,but will be a good starter kit.
To that add a corded 3/8 drill, 25 to 50 feet of drop cord, and drill
bits. The battery powered stuff is nice, but if not used very much, the
batteries will be dead when needed.
I'm with this advice. I bought my first socket set when I was 15 and
had a dirt bike; it was a cheap set from Taiwan, but it was enough for
me to destroy a few fasteners by overtightening them, which led to
buying a cheap torque wrench to do it properly.
You can buy a relatively cheap set of tools these days that includes a
socket set and wrenches, pliers, et cetera. As you break or outgrow
tools, you will have a better idea what kind of quality you want, and
can then go purchase a particular type/brand of that tool, which will
last you longer.
Don't forget to buy a tool chest and learn to put the tools back in the
same place after each use; the hardest part of fixing something is
having to struggle finding the tool.
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