You’re about to move into your new apartment, and you want to do more than just get a new set of cookware. You’ll need to be prepared to assemble furniture, hang picture frames, make little repairs, and pretty much be ready for anything shy of a total electrical outage. But the only tools you have are the little kit from the local gas station, and most of those items have broken under light usage. So, what are the essential tools you need to outfit your home toolkit? Here are five of the most important ones.
DEWALT Compact 20V Cordless Impact Driver Kit
A good impact driver is better than a regular cordless drill because it provides more power when you need it. This DEWALT compact impact driver is one of the best around. It’s less than 6 inches long, so it fits in tight spaces, and it weighs less than 3 pounds. The 3-LED lights work for 20 seconds after you release the trigger, making it easier to see when you’re working. This kit comes with impact driver, battery, charger, and carry bag. It’ll be the only drill you’ll ever need.
You don’t need a set of tools that’s contractor-grade because you likely won’t do any home improvement projects in a place you rent. What you do need, however, is a comprehensive and relatively compact kit that has just about everything. This 158-piece kit includes wrenches, long nose pliers, polished quick-release ratchets, an adjustable wrench, a rip claw hammer, tape measure, utility blade, screw and hex bits, and a rugged case in which to store it all. Who knows, you might actually be called handy after a few uses.
Sometimes a conventional vacuum cleaner just isn’t enough, and you need wet-dry capability without getting a massive version you need to find storage room for. This WORX 20V is small, cordless, rechargeable, and weighs in at only 3 pounds. The long 4+ foot hose is retractable and parks in its own dock in the body, and the WORX vac has suction modes for whatever tasks you need to get done. The carry handle makes transport a cinch, and it actually looks pretty cool, too. Suck away.
Holding a flashlight in your teeth is for idiots. Giant hot work lights are almost as stupid. The ease of LED utility lights can make any project a breeze, and these compact handheld versions are waterproof, adjustable, and can even hang or stand on their own. They use 4 AA batteries, and they emit high, low, and SOS strobe flashing mode for emergencies. They can easily transport in your car or tuck away nicely in your apartment closet until they’re needed. Illuminate!
Sometimes you need the ability to engrave, cut, polish, and smooth out without using a cumbersome power tool. That’s where a good rotary tool kit with an assortment of attachments comes into play. This basic Dremel kit has a 3000 high-speed rotary tool, 24 genuine Dremel accessories, Dremel A576 Sanding/Grinding Guide Attachment, and an accessory storage case. You can buy additional accessories to expand the tool’s versatility, and you’ll be ready to take on just about any small task with this precise rotary tool.