Streamline Your Supplies
- A putty knife, for removing old caulk or opening paint cans.
- A standard flat-nose claw hammer (12 to 16 ounces) with a steel head.
- A multihead screwdriver: Phillips-head, flathead, and Torx (six-point star shape).
- A 12-volt cordless drill, for DIY work, like hanging curtains and mounting heavy art.
- Assorted fasteners: a kit with nuts, bolts, washers, anchors, and nails in various sizes.
- A C-clamp, for holding together glued pieces while they dry.
- Duct tape, for quick fixes, like patching a torn bicycle seat.
- A metal tape measure that’s at least an inch wide, so it won’t flop when extended.
- WD-40, for loosening rusty hinges.
- An adjustable wrench, instead of a set with different sizes.
- Needle-nose pliers, for minor jewelry repairs and pulling out small nails.
- Slip-joint pliers, which adjust to grip items of various sizes.
- A crosscut saw, 14 to 16 inches long, for small carpentry projects.
- Ken Brooks, owner of Northbrook Construction Management, in North Bend, Washington.
- Tim Chopko, carpenter in Newark, Delaware.
- Janet Rickstrew, cofounder and CEO of girl-friendly tool company Tomboy Tools (tomboytools.com).