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Stan Holton
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List Rules Most handy power tools and hand tools to have around the house

The best tools are those essential tools to have around the house no matter if you've never picked up a hammer in your life or if you're a famous carpenter. These essential household tools can make jobs, big and small, much easier and safer. If you're just starting out or looking to round out your tool collection, start with these basic tools.

If you only ever buy a handful of tools, having a tape measure, hammer, screwdrivers and safety glasses are easy favorites. The tape measure is perhaps the most underrated tool of all whether you're using it to measure an object, determine the size of a room or wall, or find the center point of a space to hang a picture. Speaking of hanging pictures, you'll need a hammer for that, if not a screwdriver and electric drill, to place a nail, screw or anchor into the wall. Above all, safety is the most important thing when using any tool making having a pair of safety glasses essential to any project.

Expanding from those essential tools, a good tool collection would also include a saw or two, both in the handsaw and electric saw, like a circular saw, varieties, a utility knife, a pry bar, wrenches, pliers, clamps and paint brushes. Of course you'll also need a place to store all these tools and that's where having a solid tool box comes in.

So whether you're the handyman of the house or just someone starting off on their own, be sure to add these handiest household tools to your collection. Which tool do you find the handiest? Which tools can you not live without? Add or vote for your favorites, re-rank this list or leave us a comment on these picks, all below!

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Tape Measure is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Household Tools

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Electric Drill is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Household Tools

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Hammer is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Household Tools

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Screwdrivers is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Household Tools

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Pliers is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Household Tools

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Adjustable Wrench is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Household Tools

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Ladder is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Household Tools

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Utility Knife is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Household Tools

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Level is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Household Tools

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Ratchet Set is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Household Tools

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Tool Box is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Household Tools

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Vice Grips is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Household Tools

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Circular Saw is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Household Tools

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Staple Gun is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Household Tools

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Pry Bar is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Household Tools

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Paint Brush is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Household Tools

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Handsaw is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Household Tools

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Carpenter's Square is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Household Tools

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Clamps is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Household Tools

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Stud Finder is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Household Tools

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Safety Glasses is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Household Tools

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Small Air Compressor is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Household Tools
Jimt63 added Small Air Compressor Fill up car and bicycle tires, pool toys, football soccerball, Run air tools

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Multi-Plier/Tool is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Household Tools
zxray added Multi-Plier/Tool

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Sander is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Household Tools

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Monkey Wrench is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Household Tools
surag added Monkey Wrench

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Wire Stripper is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Household Tools

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Tin Snips is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Household Tools

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Leatherman is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Household Tools
DennisNJ added Leatherman

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Angle Grinder is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Household Tools
GraemedeTonbridge added Angle Grinder

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Extension Pole is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Household Tools

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Dremel is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Household Tools
ChadSchroud added Dremel

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Nicolas Cage is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Household Tools
e.huff011 added Nicolas Cage

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KallolKL is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Household Tools

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Kallol is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Household Tools