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Thursday, October 14, 2010

The 12 tools you really need

Clockwise from top: Hammer with hickory handle and curved claw; about $5 at Sears, FatMax Ratcheting Multi-bit Screwdriver, from Stanley; about $10 at stanleyworks.com, FatMax Single-Edge Pull Saw, from Stanley; about $16 at stanleyworks.com, Bosch jigsaw, 5 amps; about $125 at boschtools.com and a DeWalt 1/2-inch, 18-volt Cordless Compact Hammerdrill kit; about $220 at dewalt.com. If you spend $250 or so on a dozen tools, you'll have all you need to avoid repeated treks to the hardware store.