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Stuff you need for your single life

J. Godsey
The list author says: "Stuff they don't teach you about living alone, after college or leaving the nest. If you inherit a single life, you may already have a LOT more you don't need. It takes years to pare down to a manageable level, but it can be done over time.

Short of doing major renovations, simple repairs can be handled yourself, including repairing broken furniture and appliances instead of chucking them out."
Black & Decker BD12PSK 12-Volt Smart Select Drill
Black & Decker BD12PSK 12-Volt Smart Select Drill
"They are all similar, stick with a NAME brand, with a long life and a moderate amount of power, not too flimsy, but not professional grade. 1001 uses."
Black & Decker 15557 Drill Bit Set, 10-Piece
Black & Decker 15557 Drill Bit Set, 10-Piece
"thats all you need to start with - just to make some holes. buy specialty items ONE at a time."
Swanson Tool TL011 9-Inch Speedlite Torpedo Level
Swanson Tool TL011 9-Inch Speedlite Torpedo Level
"cheap is fine on these; it's a bubble in water with a straight edge. for shelves and pictures, it saves a lot of aggravation and time."
Stanley 014026R SortMaster Organizer
Stanley 014026R SortMaster Organizer
"awesome invention.  Everytime you buy a packet of fasteners and use 4...where do you store the rest? and the cover locks against spills."
Stanley 51-621 16-Ounce Curve Claw Fiberglass Hammer
Stanley 51-621 16-Ounce Curve Claw Fiberglass Hammer
"not too big, not too small. classic and the fiberglass is easier on your arms."
Stanley 10-049 Pocket Knife with Rotating Blade
Stanley 10-049 Pocket Knife with Rotating Blade
"my favorite pocket knife in the whole world. it has replaceable blades. you can sharpen it or replace it. does the work of many knives."
Stanley 33-115 10-Foot-by-1/4-Inch PowerLock Pocket Tape Rule
Stanley 33-115 10-Foot-by-1/4-Inch PowerLock Pocket Tape Rule
"this is what you need for everyday use...if you own a house, get a small one and a 50 or 100 footer too."
Stanley 84-114 3 Piece Basic 6-Inch Slip Joint, 6-Inch Long Nose, and 6-Inch Diagonal Plier Set
Stanley 84-114 3 Piece Basic 6-Inch Slip Joint, 6-Inch Long Nose, and 6-Inch Diagonal Plier Set
"useful little buggers - 6" size is fine for non professionals, but DON'T use the pliers for turning bolts, use a wrench."
Stanley 60-100 10-Piece Standard Fluted Screwdriver Set
Stanley 60-100 10-Piece Standard Fluted Screwdriver Set
"this is more than you need. but for the price you can't go wrong."
Stanley 85-764 6-Inch Cushion Grip Wrench
Stanley 85-764 6-Inch Cushion Grip Wrench
"basically any adjustable wrench will do, but don't buy a crappy brand. Cheap tools yield cheap work and you can get hurt using them."
Hyde Tools 02350 3-Inch Flex Scraper, Black and Silver
Hyde Tools 02350 3-Inch Flex Scraper, Black and Silver
"for more jobs this will do; for spackling nail holes in drywall to scraping crap off the floor. cheaper ones work well but will rust and should be considered disposable."
Stanley 90-391 SAE and Metric Folding Hex Key
Stanley 90-391 SAE and Metric Folding Hex Key
"this is optional, i never needed it before, but several newly made pieces of furniture need tightening and their screws have HEX heads. also good for modern bicycle screws."
Stanley 89-864 8-3/8-Inch Linesman Plier
Stanley 89-864 8-3/8-Inch Linesman Plier
"for when you just need to get a good grip on something. best all around tool"
Stanley 20-045 15-Inch Fat Max Hand Saw
Stanley 20-045 15-Inch Fat Max Hand Saw
"don't buy it until you need it. but sooner or later you will need to cut something yourself. a shelf or a piece of molding. get a GOOD saw."
Stanley GR20K Trigger Feed Hot Melt Glue Gun Kit
Stanley GR20K Trigger Feed Hot Melt Glue Gun Kit
"another optional item. if you are a crafter you have the bigger badder model. i mostly use it to fix badly made items."
Stanley 55-515 12-3/4-inch Wonderbar Pry Bar
Stanley 55-515 12-3/4-inch Wonderbar Pry Bar
"another optional item, but once you get one you will reach for it often."
Stanley 77-115 IntelliSensor Plus Stud Sensor
Stanley 77-115 IntelliSensor Plus Stud Sensor
"these all work about the same..but MAN they are invaluable"
Stanley 018800R Mobile Work Center
Stanley 018800R Mobile Work Center
"i like having all my tools in one place, and i can hide them in the closet. remember that a full tool box it weighs than one with wheels."
Werner 150B 300-Pound Duty Rating Aluminum Step Stool, 2-Foot
Werner 150B 300-Pound Duty Rating Aluminum Step Stool, 2-Foot
"for quick inside jobs you need something SAFE to stand on. in a pinch it' becomes an extra chair."
Louisville Ladder FS1506 300-Pound Duty Rating Fiberglass Ladder, 6-Feet
Louisville Ladder FS1506 300-Pound Duty Rating Fiberglass Ladder, 6-Feet
"optional item. keep borrowing one until it becomes a problem then buy your own and lend it to people. write your name on the side."