The basic homeowner toolbox

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Home improvements of any size, shape or complexity all have one thing in common: they need tools. If all you have in your home is a broken screwdriver, a hammer without a handle, and one wrench you hope will happen to fit whatever bolt you encounter, you need some help.  The following is a basic set of tools that no homeowner should be without. When outfitting your toolbox, buy only quality tools, even if you have to collect them a few at a time. Low-end tools are inaccurate, frustrating to use, and often unsafe, while good tools are a joy to use and an investment that will last you a lifetime. Hammer: A 16-ounce hammer with a curved claw and a smooth, slightly crowned (convex) face will work for most of your repairs.  Wood, metal, or fiberglass handles are all fine - just look for one that feels comfortable in your hand and has a solid point of attachment between the head and the handle. Screwdrivers: Purchase a full set of screwdrivers with hardened tips, including stan...