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Old 11-04-02, 09:24 AM
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Ok, I need to ask the experts. My favorite weekend shows seem to be the New Yankee Workshop, Hometime, and This Old House. I have seen many projects I would like to try, but don' t know where to start.

My main question is about tools. As for power tools, I only have a circular saw. What tools should someone who has never done any handyman work, and doesn't even know how to use the tools start out with?

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Old 11-04-02, 09:59 AM
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My feeling is that the first tool for any power tool collection would be a good quality cordless drill. A 12 volt model with a spare battery and a collection of drill and screwdriver bits would be a good place to start.

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Old 11-13-02, 04:28 PM
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Boy thats a loaded question. I "got by" for years with a circular saw, jig saw & drill. The first big power tool I bought was a 10" table saw. It will handle large or small cuts. The power tool I use the most is a cordless 12 volt drill. It has enough power that it can break a 3" deck screw if the torque is set too high.
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Thanks for all the replies. I have taken the advise I got, plus the previous homeowner got in the link I was given. Al thought I did put some nice power tools on my list to Santa though.
Old 11-25-02, 08:15 AM
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Norm has a good list of tools to start out with at
Old 11-25-02, 08:46 AM
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Thanks Wood. The New Yankee Workshop is one of my favorite shows. I watch it EVERY Saturday evening on PBS. Didn't see the list on his site last time I looked. I will have to go back.

I was actually curious about the drill he uses. I see that it is a 12 volt. So many people are telling me I need a 18 volt at least. Don't see why if Norm only uses a 12.

Old 11-25-02, 04:34 PM
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12 volt drills are great for home use. Not nearly as heavy as 18 volts. And unless you're in the building trade 2 12 volt batteries are fine. My second drill was a 14.4v, but I got it mostly for the small circular saw and a second flashlight.
If you plan on any furniture or refinishing projects, a random orbit sander is a must(forget about a belt sander - they do more harm than good)

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