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Everyone should always have at a 25′ Stanley tape measure, a good hammer, a spirit level and a stud-finder. When leaving hand tools in a vehicle in the heat, get fiberglass handles.  Get a finish (regular) hammer for indoors. Get a framing hammer with at least a 21 oz. head for rough or outside work. Learn to swing it correctly. You can also use a rigging axe for this purpose, but don’t expect to make friends with OSHA! Get a bucket tool organizer because its cheaper than a normal tool box. If you get to the point where you want a tool belt and bags, just buy Occidental. It hardly even has competiton. Home Depot has better customer service than Lowe’s.  The most important power tool is a cordless drill. For high quality without diminishing returns on investment, I’d suggest Makita, which I used when I was briefly in the trades. Wander around Home Depot for five minutes, and you’ll find the drill bits and drivers you need. If you get Holikme Drill Brush attachments, you can use it to scrub grout and toilet bowls as well. If you learn to use nothing else, you’re already head-and-shoulders above many homeowners, and nearly all of my fellow Millennials! Once you get good with that, get a skillsaw, sawzall, and angle grinder (probably in that order, as a matter of fact). The batteries are expensive, so once you choose a brand, stick with it. Your wallet will cry anyway. Most of all, get someone to teach you this stuff. Take a shop class, learn from a buddy who’s a contractor, anything. Make sure to do that before buying anything other than the drill. A good online source is here. 

The best faraday cages and sleeves
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The best faraday cages and sleeves
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Everyone should always have at a 25′ Stanley tape measure, a good hammer, a spirit level and a stud-finder. When leaving hand tools in a vehicle in the heat, get fiberglass handles.  Get a finish (regular) hammer for indoors. Get a framing hammer with at least a 21 oz. head for rough or outside work. Learn to swing it correctly. You can also use a rigging axe for this purpose, but don’t expect to make friends with OSHA! Get a bucket tool organizer because its cheaper than a normal tool box. If you get to the point where you want a tool belt and bags, just buy Occidental. It hardly even has competiton. Home Depot has better customer service than Lowe’s.  The most important power tool is a cordless drill. For high quality without diminishing returns on investment, I’d suggest Makita, which I used when I was briefly in the trades. Wander around Home Depot for five minutes, and you’ll find the drill bits and drivers you need. If you get Holikme Drill Brush attachments, you can use it to scrub grout and toilet bowls as well. If you learn to use nothing else, you’re already head-and-shoulders above many homeowners, and nearly all of my fellow Millennials! Once you get good with that, get a skillsaw, sawzall, and angle grinder (probably in that order, as a matter of fact). The batteries are expensive, so once you choose a brand, stick with it. Your wallet will cry anyway. Most of all, get someone to teach you this stuff. Take a shop class, learn from a buddy who’s a contractor, anything. Make sure to do that before buying anything other than the drill. A good online source is here.