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Some tools are so versatile and practical that you’ll need them for almost every job. Here’s what Rosie always keeps in his tool belt:

  • a 24-ounce, all-purpose hammer with a wood handle. There’s hardly a job you can tackle that won’t require you to tap or slide or nail something.  Metal hammers with rubber grips work great for tearing things apart, but the wood-handled framing hammer is the one Rosie carries everywhere.
  • a rigid, one-inch putty knife. The one Rosie carries is probably 30 years old. Chances are, you’re constantly trying to pry something or apply something, so keep a putty knife on hand for every project.
  • two or three nail sets, which can be used for setting nails and poking holes.
  • a one inch-wide, 30-foot-long tape measure.  Get one that’s packed in a small case, and choose one that’s stiff enough so it won’t bend back on itself when you measure something that’s 10 or 12 feet long or longer.
  • a good pair of diagonal cutters, sometimes referred to as “dykes”, for cutting wire, nails, and just about anything that needs to be snipped.

That’s it. But depending on the kind of project you’re working on, you’ll need to add job-specific tools to your belt, like screwdrivers, drills and other power tools.


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