The 10 Tools You Need for Basic Home Repair

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

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