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Essential Tools Every Homeowner Needs

All homeowners should have access to some basic, high-quality tools to fix problems as they arise, whenever they arise. However, if you're a new homeowner in Southeast Louisiana, you may be curious as to what tools you should keep on hand. At Gabriel's Building Supply, we want to make sure your homeownership journey gets started on the right foot. That's why we've created this list of essential tools for every homeowner.

1. Corded power drill

A power drill is definitely something you'll constantly reach for as a homeowner. With a wide variety of options, our friendly staff can help you pick out the drill that is best suited for your needs.

2. Multi-bit screwdriver

Instead of juggling different types of screwdrivers, get this all-in-one tool that allows you to change out bit sizes.

3. Adjustable wrench

This wrench adjusts in size to fit multiple types of nuts and bolts, which will save you money—and space in your tool bag.

4. Needle-nose pliers

Great for maneuvering in hard to reach places, we recommend purchasing a pair with the ability to cut small wires.

5. Long-handled tongue and groove pliers

These particular pliers are more versatile than their smaller counterparts and give you a better grip on whatever you're trying to hold.

6. Wet/dry vacuum

Think your regular household vacuum is strong enough to clean up after your DIY project? Think again. This powerful vacuum is critical in cleaning up heavy construction messes like dry concrete, water, and wood chips.

7. Three-pronged extension cords

It's important to always have several sizes of extension cords around the house at any given time. Be sure to go for quality over value with this purchase, as a high-quality extension cord will last a lifetime.

8. Utility knife

Even if you only use it to break down all those cardboard moving boxes, having a utility knife on hand is always a good investment.

9. Tape measure

A simple tool that deserves a spot on any list. You won't regret this purchase! Also, the friends who will help you move will appreciate that you measured whether your couch will fit in the living room before they try to squeeze it in there.

10. Hammer

No tool list would be complete without the good ol' trusty hammer. It's good to have it on hand, though you may not get as much use out of it as you initially thought. Regardless of how many nails you actually pound in with this tool, you'll never know when you'll need to smash something.

If you're ready to stock your homeowner toolbox, we can help. Stop by Gabriel Building Supply at our two Southeast Louisiana locations in Ponchatoula and Amite for all your hardware needs!

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