8 Essential Tools for Every Household
From hammers and drills, learn what hand and power tools should be in your tool box, what to look for when shopping, and how these tools work.
There are so many battery-powered screwdrivers available, you'd think the manual screwdriver was as outdated as petticoats and corsets. But you still need one -- because there will be a time when a big ol' power drill-driver is too big for the space you're working in.
Plus, the screwdriver can perform many roles in home repair dramas. It can pry off lids, pry behind wood baseboard or trim, or poke stiff, unruly wires back into an electrical junction box (power off, of course!).
Go for a model that has interchangeable magnetic heads. That way you can easily switch from a Phillips head (looks like a +) to a standard or flat head (looks like a –).
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