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.
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 5 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.
Craftsman 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. All hammers are made in the USA with real hickory handles for a smooth, comfortable grip. Check out these 100 amazing things that are made in the USA. While you’re at it, discover these 18 handy hammer hacks to make your work easier.
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.
Hitatchi Circular Saw
Hitatchi offers a lifetime warranty on its Lithium Ion tools and a circular saw is one of the first tools any aspiring DIYer picks up. It helps that this one is cordless too. Find out some of the best circular saws out there if you’re doing research.
A self-retracting safety knife can help reduce cutting errors and Milwaukee’s knife does a nice job. Milwaukee’s knife comes with a lifetime warranty and two blade positions. It can store up to five blades.
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Lufkin Tape Measure
Tape measures can sustain a lot of abuse through the course of projects around the house so picking one up with a lifetime warranty like the Lufkin tape measure isn’t such a bad idea. Check out these brilliant measuring hacks you should learn.
Soft Jaw Pliers
Husky’s soft jaw pliers are a great tool for homeowners because inevitably they’ll need a set of soft pliers for plumbing projects. Using a regular set of pliers on things like showerheads can damage them so soft pliers can be a valuable asset. If you’re thinking of replacing your showerhead, you’ll want to check out these 10 incredible showerheads.
Pliers are another tool that you’ll find yourself using a lot more now that 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.)
For an example of how versatile pliers can be, see this article: How to use Vise Grips to Pull Nails.
There is a certain level of frustration that comes when you set out to complete a project and find out you need a hex set. Well, nip the potential problem in the bud by picking up this hex set that comes with a lifetime warranty. Pretty soon you might not need many tools because there’s a robot out there that will assemble IKEA furniture.
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