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DIY Network Pros Talk About The Tools They Can't Live Without (page 3 of 5)

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

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Matt Blashaw, host of Money Hunters:

  • Multi-tool — "This tool in your bag is like having turkey in your belly at Thanksgiving — it just has to be there. In fact, I never leave home without it. Make sure to get one with a Philips head, flat head, knife, saw and needle-nose pliers at least."
  • Channel locks — "Versatile tool for plumbing, electrical projects and tearing the tops off beer bottles."
  • Speed square — "I can't tell you how many times I use this a day. It is a must-have for any carpenter. Use it to find angles, make straight lines and keep that shelf you are making nice and square so nothing slides off."
  • 10- to 22-gauge wire stripper/cutter — "If you are working on any electricity around the home, you'll be in the dark without one of these."
  • Hammer — "If I'm going to be hammering all day, I'll grab my lighter hammer with a wood (hickory) handle and for moderate days my steel hammer does just the trick."
  • Reciprocating saw — "Commonly known by the popular brand name Sawzall. My favorite saying: 'Sawzall solves all.' This is a truly versatile tool that can saw wood, rip up tile and just about any job you throw at it."
  • Cordless impact driver — "Slowly becoming my favorite power tool ever, this little beauty can drive even the most stubborn screw home."
  • Compound miter saw — "Straight cuts every time. It is a must have for any finishing woodwork."
  • Cordless drill — "For a lightweight drill that packs a punch, get a Lithium drill. If you can count the number of times you have used a cordless drill this month on one hand, do your wallet a favor and just stick with the less expensive Ni-Cad."
  • Cordless multi-tool — "If you haven't heard of this tool yet, do a quick search on the Internet and buy it. This relatively new tool to the industry can do things no other tool can even come close to. It has so many attachments to it; I still don't think I've seen them all."

Matt Muenster, host of Bath Crashers and Bathtasic!:

  • 14-oz. titanium-head hammer
  • Lineman's pliers
  • Spring-loaded nail set
  • Channel-lock pliers
  • Speed square
  • Powerful cordless impact driver
  • Multi-master cutting tool
  • Worm drive saw
  • Cordless drill and pocket-hole jig
  • 12" sliding miter saw

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