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The Ultimate Home Improvement Tool Gift Guide

Whether you’re a new or seasoned home buyer, or know someone who is or will be soon, there are certain tools they are going to need at some point, and finding a gift guide that addresses both common problems as well as future home improvements can be challenging. Luckily, the good folks at FAMCO have taken the time to piece together the ultimate home improvement tool gift guide that is not only inexpensive to put together, but also simple enough to be added to as your own needs evolve over time.

So what are the best tools to get for the home improvement DIYers in your life? We are so glad you asked.

Basic Hand Tools Every Homeowner Needs

Despite Walt Kowalski’s folksy wisdom in Gran Torino, there are a few other tools one is going to need around the house aside from WD-40 and duct tape, such as:


These can be picked up standalone or in kits that include various bits that perform various tasks, including boring, step-drilling, dremeling, and so much more. Common home repairs that would necessitate a drill include: tightening/loosening screws, rehanging gutters, and doors. Specialized bits can be bought as you need them, but a basic drill set is perfect to start out with.

Tape Measure

Inevitably, there will come a time when you will need to take measurements. Whether it be to measure new shelves to accommodate the new mudroom you’ve been threatening to build for months or replace your ancient floor registers, these inexpensive hand tools can be picked up almost anywhere and pay for themselves almost immediately in their indispensability.

Socket/Ratchet Set

You should be able to get away with a standard measurement ratchet and sockets set when addressing most household tasks, but certain appliances and/or hardware may require metric sockets. Buy as you go.

Screwdriver Set

Philips and flathead in various sizes are preferable to single multi-head tools, but the latter can work in a pinch. When you invest in a screwdriver set, consider one with magnetic tips.


The standard clawhammer design is perfect for most home improvement projects. Other designs for specialized projects do exist, and can be purchased/rented as needed.

Pliers and Channel Locks

These invaluable tools come in all shapes and sizes. “Channel Locks” are typically angled pliers with an adjustable neck, which make them perfect for fitting various sizes. Anyone who has ever had to wrest free an ancient pipe fitting can attest to the sheer strength of a good quality pair of channel locks.

Thumb Tacks/Wall Hangers

Whether you are Team Thumb Tacks or Team Wall Hangers, keep a supply of these on hand. They can come in handy for landscaping, photo hanging, and wardrobe improvements.

How FAMCO Can Help

We are FAMCO, one of the largest manufacturers and distributors of HVAC supplies and accessories in the Pacific Northwest. Getting you the supplies that make your indoor environment safe and healthy to live in is what matters most to us. If you have any questions about our products and/or services, please reach out. We would be more than happy to help.

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