Your Basic Tool Kit

Here, in the author's view, are the essential tools you need for a basic tool kit.



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A good basic tool kit should include a framing hammer, Philips and flat head screwdrivers, and a sturdy bag to carry them.
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Alternatively, you could substitute a spiral ratchet with interchangeable bits for your screwdrivers.
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Vise grips are good all-purpose holders.
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Chisels of assorted size are good to have on hand as well.
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Need nose pliers.
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A utility knife with a fixed or retractable blade should be in you kit.
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A combination square helps you draw straight lines and create precise corners.
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A metal, spring-loaded tape measure.
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From left to right, a ship scraper, a four-in-one hand file, and a cold chisel.
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