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DIY Network Pros Talk About The Tools They Can't Live Without (page 2 of 5)

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

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Jason Cameron, host of Man Caves and Desperate Landscapes:

  • 25' tape measure
  • Carpenter's pencil
  • Ratcheting screwdriver with assorted bits
  • 16- or 20-oz. nailing hammer
  • 6" speed square

Jason says, "I picked these hand tools because I use them most frequently on the job. My two bonus picks would be a retractable utility knife and a 9" torpedo level."

  • Cordless drill
  • Cordless or corded 7-1/4" circular saw
  • Cordless or corded jigsaw
  • Cordless or corded oscillating multi-tool
  • Corded 5" random orbit sander

Jason adds, "I prefer the cordless option (18 volt) because it's more versatile and convenient. However, the corded option is generally less expensive with more power. You need to choose what's best for you."


Dean Marsico, host of Indoors Out and Rock Solid:

  • Hammer
  • Utility knife
  • Pry bar
  • Socket set
  • Sawhorses

  • Cordless drill with screw bits
  • Grinder with diamond blade
  • Circular saw
  • Palm sander
  • Reciprocating saw

Kayleen McCabe, host of Rescue Renovation:

  • Pencil and paper
  • Tape measure
  • Knife
  • Multi-tool (Leatherman)
  • Flashlight

Kayleen says, "I had a really hard time narrowing down my top five power tools. The list is closer to 8,000."

  • Quality cordless drill
  • Compressor and nail gun
  • Chop saw
  • Track saw
  • Reciprocating saw

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