If you've ever walked down the garden section of The Home Depot and were amazed at the amount of garden tools you're not alone. For such a simple pastime, gardening has become increasingly complex in recent decades. From small, gas-powered cultivators to electric grass shears, the tranquil art of gardening has been commercialized with all of the latest technology. If you're just keeping a small flower or vegetable garden, there's no need for all the gadgetry. Our ancestors made due for thousands of years with simple tools. Here are the five utilitarian tools that will prove useful in your garden today.
Every homeowner has to have some fix-it knowledge. In order to get the job done you have to have the right tools. First you will need to assemble a proper home-repair tool kit. This suggested kit should cost approximately $200 and provide you with 90% of all the tools you'll ever need to repair and maintain your home. Here are the top tools you'll need to get started. 1. Toolbox First things first, you'll need something to hold all of your tools. A toolbox will help you organize and quickly find what you are looking for in a pinch. A toolbox doesn't have to be a box at all, it may be a bag and large container as long as all of your tools fit and are easily accessible. 2. Hammer A hammer is the absolute must-have tool. You may choose a steel- or fiberglass-shaft hammer. Make sure to choose one with a smooth (not checkered) head. You may also want to choose a hammer with a straight or "rip" claw they are more useful for demolition. 3. Screwdrivers (mixed set) Go ahead and buy the set of screwdrivers. You will save money plus you will get all the sizes you need. Your set should have 1/4- and 3/8-inch flat heads and No. 1 and No. 2 Phillips head drivers. Some screwdrivers have magnetic heads; they can come in handy when looking for dropped nails etc. too. 4. Tape measure Buy a good quality tape measure. Buy at least a 16-foot, 3/4-inch-wide model. Also look for one that is easy-locking. 5. Reversible drill with bit set A reversible drill is the only electric tool you need and it is a must. Home centers are full of cordless models but you may want to opt for a corded version, they are less expensive and never run out of battery. Make sure to purchase a 3/8th-inch reversible drill this will be the most useful around your home. 6. Utility knife Often there is nothing that can replace a utility knife. Make sure to purchase plenty of replaceable blades for your utility knife. 7. Handsaw Even if you have a circular saw, you may still find some times when you will be happy to have a handsaw handy. A short handsaw is probably best, look for one with a 12-inch blade it will cut straighter and faster. 8. A level A level is essential for hanging just about anything. Purchase a 9-inch torpedo level. This is easier and more accurate than laser levels. 9. Vise grips: $10 Clamp anything with vise grips. Also known as locking pliers, all you need to do is adjust the screw drive in the handle and clamp it on to anything that needs viselike stabilizing. If you don't have vise grips channel-lock pliers can be a good backup. 10. Safety glasses Better safe than sorry. Effective eye protection is a must in any toolkit.