Get Some Tools, Fix Things, Save Money, and Feel Awesome

Today's society doesn't really value the act of fixing things. If something is broken, the story is over and the landfill grows. This, ridiculously, is considered to be very "American," which — unlike your broken stuff — is garbage. There is nothing more American than rolling up your sleeves, opening up a set of tools, and repairing something like an adult who can do things.

While a full tool chest is obviously ideal, you don't need to go nuts to be an effective handyman like Bruce Springsteen. A few simple things will get the job done and keep you from having to call someone or replace anything. Here are some essentials to start out with; they'll save you money in the long run.

Craftsman 42-Piece All Purpose Tool Set - $129
These are the essentials, folks. Wrenches, pliers, screwdrivers, awls, punches, and chisels. While you certainly can buy some of these things on the cheap, Craftsman tools have a lifetime warranty that requires no paperwork. In fact, you can walk right into a Sears with a 1930s spanner and get a new one on the spot, even if your grandfather lost the receipt.

Avenir Home Mechanic's Tool Set - $69
Bike shops are great, and you should support them as much as possible. But, you should still be able to do all your own basic maintenance. Get the tools you need and learn how to use them. This Avenir starter set has everything for everything but the most intense overhauls.

DeWalt 18-Watt Reciprocating Saw - $99
Unfortunately, power tools aren't really necessary. They're the most fun by far to use, but in reality a drill or Sawzall isn't really something we find ourselves using a whole lot — a screwdriver is just simpler, and stuff doesn't usually need to be sawn. But if you've got the space, go for it. We like this DeWalt 18-volt cordless saw.

Stanley Hammer - $8
And obviously, you need a hammer. They all work, so get one that feels good.

Really, you can fix anything with an ultimate set of tools.

Ethan Wolff-Mann is the Gear editor of Supercompressor. He actually has a pretty ultimate set of tools. Follow him on Twitter @ewolffmann.