Your definition of “basic hand tools”

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FIL and I recently had a discussion about our definition of “basic hand tools” for a homeowner who performs light maintenance/repair on his house and his vehicles.

We did not see eye-to-eye on this topic, but I am curious what you consider to be necessities in this situation.
For auto and small engines (mowers trimmers etcetera)

Open / closed end wrenches
1/4- 3/8-1/2 inch sockets and ratcheting wrenches.
Screwdrivers
Pliers
knives
picks
hammers
drills - could be manual
multimeter

For home most of the same apply, but you'd have to add

Pipe Wrenches
reciprocating saw to get to plumbing
coping saw/hacksaw
 
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My set for homeowner and outdoor power equipment would be:
Claw hammer
Rubber mallet
4-way screwdriver
Slip joint pliers
Needle nose pliers
Diagonal cutting pliers
Adjustable wrench
Pipe wrench
Large Vise grip pliers
Large flathead screwdriver
Utility knife
3/4 wood chisel
25' tape measure
Flashlight
Hacksaw
Hand saw
Bullet level
Small Stanley square
Hand drill or cordless drill / driver
Cheap multimeter
Small SAE socket / wrench set
Large and small spark plug sockets


For modern cars I would add:
2 or 3 pound ball peen hammer
3/8 drive metric socket set 6mm to 24mm
12” Ratchet
3” and 6" extensions
Metric combination wrenches 6mm to 24mm
Lisle oil filter pliers
Medium sized cold chisel
12” alignment punch
Jack stands
Floor jack
Wheel chocks
Small air compressor or bike pump
Tire pressure gauge

Somebody remind me why I have 9 toolboxes full of stuff?
 
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My set for homeowner and outdoor power equipment would be:
Claw hammer
Rubber mallet
4-way screwdriver
Slip joint pliers
Needle nose pliers
Diagonal cutting pliers
Adjustable wrench
Pipe wrench
Large Vise grip pliers
Large flathead screwdriver
Utility knife
3/4 wood chisel
25' tape measure
Flashlight
Hacksaw
Hand saw
Bullet level
Small Stanley square
Hand drill or cordless drill / driver
Cheap multimeter
Small SAE socket / wrench set
Large and small spark plug sockets


For modern cars I would add:
2 or 3 pound ball peen hammer
3/8 drive metric socket set 6mm to 24mm
12” Ratchet
3” and 6" extensions
Metric combination wrenches 6mm to 24mm
Lisle oil filter pliers
Medium sized cold chisel
12” alignment punch
Jack stands
Floor jack
Wheel chocks
Small air compressor or bike pump
Tire pressure gauge

Somebody remind me why I have 9 toolboxes full of stuff?
I agree with this list. Maybe swap the mallet with a dead blow.

I would also add wire strippers for the happy home owner package.
 
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I have an older version (real old) of this:


I take it along when going long distance road trips.

When I first got it (Costco), I used them for a while for routine maintenance/non-major repairs on the fleet and for stuff around the house. There's not much it won't do. The only thing it's missing is a hammer.
 
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Basic hand tools is quite vague. It depends who you ask and what the task is.

Otherwise, basic hand tools would be something like the Husky tool kit multi pieces from Home Depot.
 
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I've abused mine, its not bad at all. Very dependable and cheap. Everything I have in my toolbox can do most automobile repairs besides rebuilding car engine or transmission.
So I broke the 1/4" Ratchet on Monday July 4th loosing 10mm bolts that had some rust on them. Contacted Amazon.ca about it who said they couldn't do anything because it was over 30 days since I received (May 14th) the socket set. They gave me the contact info for the distributor who sent me a replacement today July 8th. I'm very happy with the service from the Amazon.ca distributor of this set. (y)

EPAuto 69 piece socket set.
 

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For both my son's when they turned 18 and at that Christmas I started to give them a basic set of tools. A 100 and something mechanics set of tool, think Stanley and Craftsman. Then they got a large toolbox of screwdriver sets, hammers, speed square, torx & allen wrenches, tape measures and a bunch of odds and ends to pack them full. To me that is a basic set and I tried to set them off right.
 
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