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Peek into the experts' toolboxes and see what tools they use most often.

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Our top experts name their five favorite hand tools and their five favorite power tools.

Amy Matthews, host of Sweat Equity and This New House:

  • A kick-butt titanium hammer
  • 6-in-1 reversible screwdriver
  • A good-quality 16' tape measure (don't forget a set of carpenter's pencils)
  • Folding utility knife (and extra blades)
  • Variety of levels (torpedo, 24" and 48")

  • A 12- to 18-volt compact/lightweight lithium-ion cordless drill kit (for everyday jobs)
  • A standard bit set (at least 32 pieces)
  • Wet/dry vacuum
  • An oscillating multi-tool (used for plunge cuts, routing, grout removal, sanding, scraping, etc.)
  • A power tool combo kit, which normally includes a circular saw, reciprocating saw, a drill or hammer drill, batteries and charger, and a work light, is a must-have for any savvy DIYer.

Chris Grundy, host of Cool Tools:

  • Tape measure
  • Multi-head screwdriver
  • Hammer
  • Pliers
  • Crescent wrench

  • Cordless drill
  • Reciprocating saw
  • Chop saw
  • Oscillating multi-tool
  • Circular saw

John DeSilvia, host of Run My Renovation and 10 Grand in Your Hand:

  • 25' tape measure
  • Hammer
  • Drywall knife
  • Combination square
  • 4' level

  • Cordless drill
  • Circular saw
  • Reciprocating saw
  • Miter saw
  • Jigsaw

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