10 Home Improvement Tools That Will Last a Lifetime
The cost of tools can quickly add up, so you might as well buy something that will last. These home improvement tools carry lifetime warranties.
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Kobalt Socket Set
The Kobalt (Lowe’s brand) 93-piece set has 39 sockets and a 3/8-in. drive, 3-in.-long extension bar. Each socket is laser-etched and color-coded to differentiate between fractional and metric. The ratchets are fully polished and include quick-release and lever-reverse features.
The ratchet has the largest tooth count (72 teeth), requiring only five degrees of movement to engage the next tooth. And the case is the best of the bunch, with draw-bolt latches, metal hinge pins, and socket retainers, which are easy to remove and replace.
Plus, the Kobalt warranty goes one step further: for just the cost of shipping and handling, it replaces lost sockets — something that happens far more often than breakage. This is the difference between six point sockets and 12 point sockets.
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5-Piece Hammer Set
You don’t have to be a hardcore handyman to need a hammer around the house. This five-piece set has just the size you need for every job. Each of these hammers feature a comfortable grip to absorb shock and reduce strains.
Fiskars Sledge Hammer
A sledge hammer will come in handy for any number of reasons around the house, so finding one that comes with a lifetime warranty is even better. Fiskars has lifetime warranties on a number of its products, including this sledge hammer.
Check out our Stuff We Love video on why we like the Fiskars Club Hammer too.
Pliers are a tool that you’ll find yourself using a lot more when you own a home. Vice grips, channel locks, and needle nose all have very specific uses, and the right tool can take an aggravating job and can make it child’s play.
Pick up a few cheap pliers to find out if you use these different variations, and if you use them often enough to wear them out, consider upgrading when you get replacements. (Higher-quality pliers come with a slightly higher price but their extended lifespan usually more than justifies the cost.)