You may be a proficient handywoman, or maybe you're ready to start dabbling in DIY, or perhaps you just want to be able to hang some pictures on the wall without someone else's help. Any way you slice it, if you're reading this, chances are your toolbox is a little lacking. But stepping into any hardware store can be overwhelming with all the metal bits, and wooden thingies and plastic junk. Thankfully, for most any work you'll be taking on yourself, a small simple collection of tools and a bit of basic know-how will be more than adequate.

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Here are the seven tools you should buy and learn how to use ASAP:

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Screwdrivers 1

Screwdrivers

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You need a screwdriver for everything from hanging up pictures to changing batteries in the smoke detector. They are one of the most essential and easiest tools to use. Make sure you have both a Philip's head and a flat head for various needs.

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Adjustable Wrench 2

Adjustable Wrench

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A wrench is used for loosening and tightening nuts and bolts, which is necessary for putting together furniture, toys, etc. and is also often used in plumbing work. An adjustable one can be used for nuts and bolts of various sizes.

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Pliers 3

Pliers

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Pliers are great for grasping small objects that fingers alone can't manage, as well as for bending and cutting wires and pulling nails out. There are many types that can achieve a number of goals. Whatever you choose, be sure your pair has a longer handle for more leverage.

Cordless Drill 4

Cordless Drill

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A cordless drill can be used for any number of projects from putting up walls to building furniture, and if you buy a few extra attachments, you can use it to sand things, to mix paint and more. Just be sure whichever one you buy isn't too heavy for you to safely lift over your head.

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Hammer 5

Hammer

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The hammer is another super-basic tool that everyone should be proficient in using. The most common use of the hammer is installing and removing nails, but it can also be used for demolition, splitting wood, digging holes, breaking ice and more. Choose one with a plastic-coated handle for a more secure grip.

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Multi-Purpose Tool 6

Multi-Purpose Tool

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A multi-purpose tool is perfect to keep in your car for emergency use. There are many, many models available, and most feature a utility knife, pliers, a corkscrew, scissors, screwdrivers, a mini saw and more.

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Level 7

Level

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From fairly major renovations to simply arranging artwork, a level is an important tool, one that will lend a much more professional look and feel to all of your projects. Consult with a professional at the hardware store to find the best one for your needs.