DD called me twice last week as she is moving out of her apartment (across the country, or I'd be there helping -- even though she doesn't want help.) "How do I get the legs off the couch? OK, what kind of screwdriver?" and "What tool do I need to buy to take the bed apart?"
(#2 phillips, and 1/2" wrench, respectively)
Her birthday is coming up pretty quick, and I tho't I could get her a small tool box with some basic good-quality tools. Sears used to sell a short toolbox made of tough plastic and designed to fit under the seat of your truck. What to stock it with?
A few of essentials: ChannelLock pliers, maybe even 2 pairs (no substitutes); a long 1/2x9/16 box-end wrench; 12 oz. claw hammer; a few assorted screwdrivers; cheap torpedo level; tape measure; wire strippers, and maybe a pair of water pump pliers.
But what about combination wrenches? Should I get a set of metrics or SAE? Same question with allen wrenches. Her car has all metric fasteners, but I really don't see her doing any car repairs herself. Everything else has English fasteners, right?
A 10" or 12" pipe wrench, or would that be just inviting trouble? :-)