What is a basic set of tools for the ...

What is a basic set of tools for the novice/new homeowner

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Mississauga, Canada

#1 Jan 4, 2012

A frequent question on homeowners ask, what is a basic set of tools for the novice/new homeowner. The answers they get are a remarkable scatter of widely varying advice. Some people even suggest starting with table saws and routers. Despite these big differences, the opinions seem to be strongly held. Best I can figure, each person’s individual experience has resulted in these firmly held, yet very different, opinions. In face of this danger, I’m going to venture to give some advice.


At this point I should explain, one camp says,“Why buy any tools in advance. Wait ’til you need a tool–then buy it. This way you never buy anything you don’t need.” I ask, what if it’s Saturday night and water is spewing everywhere?


There’s general agreement that cheap tools are a bad buy and can damage your work. So, I am going to give a very rough estimate of what you should expect to pay for an acceptable quality item of each type. My complete starter set would cost you about $200.


Mississauga, Canada

#2 Jan 5, 2012
Good articles but all the links for purchases are from amazon cant really compare prices..

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