Here are 10 tools every homeowner should own

1. Claw hammer

You probably already own one of these. One side of the hammerhead is flat and used for pounding, while the other has a V-shaped notch that can extract nails from surfaces such as wood without damaging the nails or the surface. You want a claw hammer made from materials that can resist harsh weather and reduce the vibrations traveling from the hammer to your arm.

2. Manual screwdriver set

A manual screwdriver is one of the most frequently used tools in any household — good for assembling furniture, removing light switch covers and tightening cabinet knobs, among other tasks. But there are a variety of screw heads and sizes, so buy a package with multiple blade tips and sizes.

3. Cordless drill

A cordless drill will be the most-used tool in your tool kit. Whether you're driving bolts into wall studs to mount a flat-screen TV, tightening hinges or cutting out holes for door knobs, using a battery-powered drill means you don't have to worry about finding an outlet or snaking a cord into hard-to-reach spaces.

4. Level

Don't want to hang your artwork, mirrors or shelves at an angle? Use a level or a laser level to make sure everything is straight.

5. Needle-nose pliers

You can use the needle-nose pliers to bend and grip nails and wires where bulkier tools or fingers can't reach.

6. Tongue-and-groove pliers

The tongue-and-groove pliers are useful for tasks that involve fastening and crimping.

7. Allen wrench set

A hex key, also known as an Allen wrench, is that small, L-shaped wrench used to drive bolts and screws with hexagonal sockets. A favorite among furniture manufacturers, an Allen wrench is often included in build-it-yourself furniture, but it can also be used for basic plumbing repairs such as unjamming a garbage disposal.

8. Putty knife

Whether you're filling cracks, scraping away dry paint or applying caulk, using a putty or spackle knife with a stiff, metal two-inch blade.

9. Staple gun

Great for common stapling needs such as retacking carpet, securing fabric and installing sheets of insulation, a staple gun is the perfect tool for quick fastening jobs. Manual staple guns are the tool of choice for most homeowners because they're generally easier to use and less expensive than electric and pneumatic staple guns.

10. Tape measure or digital tape measure

A digital tape measure makes it easier to quickly and accurately record and convert measurements. A useful feature for when you're standing on a ladder and don't want to fumble with a pen and paper. However a good old fashion tape measure is also always good to have around.

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