You really can handle many minor repairs and home-improvement projects around your home all by yourself - and you don't need a garage full of supercharged tools to get the job done right.
Just a basic toolkit is all you'll need. And here's a look at just what items that basic home toolkit of yours should probably include.
You'll need a standard claw hammer; an adjustable wrench; a tape measure; several sizes of screwdrivers (both standard and Phillips head); a cordless drill and set of bits; and standard slip-joint, needle-nose, and wire-cutting pliers.
You'll also want a hacksaw for cutting metals and plastics; a medium-size pair of tongue-and-groove pliers; a pair of locking pliers; a general-purpose wood saw; a putty knife; a utility knife; a small level; a utility light and several long, heavy-duty extension cords; a dependable flashlight; a battery-operated stud finder; and a plunger for minor plumbing fixes.
Your toolkit basics will come in handy for such routine repairs as stopping leaks at the base of a faucet (with your adjustable wrench) or for hanging shelves or pictures (with your hammer, drill, stud finder, tape measure, and level).
Needle-nose pliers are just the thing for reaching into tight spaces, twisting small wires, and holding small metal parts and nails in place for screwing or hammering.
Other tools for occasional projects to consider adding to your kit:
Finally, stock an assortment of nuts, bolts, screws, and metal washers; rubber washers for leaky faucets; duct tape; several sizes of nails or tacks; fine sandpaper; lubricating oil for door hinges; and a versatile glue.
Keeping your tools together in a convenient place is the first step toward simplifying home maintenance.