Help a homeowner spend $500 to expand his basic tool collection. What will give me the most value and use for my money?
After reading this recent article
in the NYT, I'm turning to you, MeFites, to help me embiggen my collection of tools. I've got a pretty basic set: some pliers, wrenches, screwdrivers, hammer, level, socket wrenches, tape measures, and a cordless drill.
But beyond that, what tools do you have that improve the quality of your life--either because they provide exceptional value and let you do things yourself instead of paying for them, or because they cut a three hour job down to 20 minutes, or because they're just so damn fun to use that you can't wait until something breaks so you can use them? Assuming a budget of $500, what are your recommendations?
If it's relevant, I'm a homeowner willing to attempt to fix stuff when it breaks, but not into taking on huge remodeling projects. Very small yard; house doesn't present any unusual challenges.