Now that you’re spending nearly all your time at home, you may be noticing little things around the place that require your attention — a door that won’t close right, or a loose handrail. If you can’t wait until quarantine ends to take on these projects (or if a wobbly hinge is driving you nuts), you can tackle most home repairs with a set of basic tools.
As a staff writer at Wirecutter, my job includes evaluating and testing the infinite array of tools available and figuring out which ones are best for around-the-house use. I’ve been using tools on a near-daily basis for more than 20 years, including a decade working in construction as a carpenter, foreman and site supervisor. If you’re starting from square one, I recommend getting a basic and inexpensive tool kit and slowly upgrading certain items as you take on more advanced projects and