It seems like every home improvement professional has a trusted, favorite tool; the one they rave about to their colleagues and inspect lovingly after use.

Whether it’s the perfect screwdriver, the best brand of molding, or something less orthodox like a great planner, we wanted to find out which tool our experts rely on the most.

Why We’re Asking:

It seems like every time you’re out buying a new tool, you distantly recall some recommendation from a trusted professional. But, confronted by a seemingly endless number of options, we’ve all been known to pick out something at random and run to the cash register. We’re hoping to make this advice into a destination for recommendations, where homeowners can turn to find the best of the best when it comes to home improvement projects.

So we’re turning to the experts to get the word on which tools are worth it. We’re turning to the experts for help and asking them to weigh in right here in the comments. What does this mean? Homeowners will get the raw, unedited answers directly from the experts. It also gives you, the homeowners, an opportunity to ask the professionals for clarification directly.

So experts, it’s time to weigh in:

What is the best tool in your toolbox?

What is the most useful tool that you use in your work? Why?
Do you have any recommendations for people looking to DIY, whether it’s a type of tool, a brand, or even the best place to get them? (Alternatively, if there is a tool that you think is a waste of space, let us know about it too.)

Experts, post your answers in the comment field below!