As the editor of a weekly DIY tips and tools newsletter, I frequently get asked what’s a good starter tool set for a new homeowner or apartment dweller. The seven tools recommended in this Steve Ramsey video would be the perfect beginner collection.
His recommendations are a power drill and driver set, a combination wrench set, screwdriver set, set of pliers (slip-joint, needlenose, sliding channel-look), a 16 oz hammer, a hex key set, and a 25′ tape measure.
You can get all of these tools for around $300. If you wanted to put this together and give to a new homeowner or just-married couple, this would make a fantastic gift.
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