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The Home Depot
(202)526-8760
901 Rhode Island Ave
Washington, DC
Hours
Mon-Sat: 6:00am-10:00pm
Sun: 8:00am-8:00pm

The Home Depot
(301)839-9600
6003 Oxon Hill Road
Oxon Hill, MD
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Mon-Sat: 6:00am-10:00pm
Sun: 8:00am-8:00pm

The Home Depot
(703)534-9580
6210 Seven Corners Ctr
Falls Church, VA
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Mon-Sat: 6:00am-10:00pm
Sun: 8:00am-8:00pm

The Home Depot
(301)345-6774
4700 Cherry Hill Rd
College Park, MD
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Mon-Sat: 6:00am-10:00pm
Sun: 8:00am-8:00pm

The Home Depot
(301)805-8149
10301 M L King Jr. Hwy
Lanham, MD
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Mon-Sat: 6:00am-10:00pm
Sun: 8:00am-8:00pm

The Home Depot
(301)891-1106
3301 E West Highway
Hyattsville, MD
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Mon-Sat: 6:00am-10:00pm
Sun: 8:00am-8:00pm

The Home Depot
(301)324-0180
150 Hampton Park Blvd
Capitol Heights, MD
Hours
Mon-Sat: 6:00am-10:00pm
Sun: 8:00am-8:00pm

The Home Depot
(703)823-1900
400 S Pickett St
Alexandria, VA
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Mon-Sat: 6:00am-10:00pm
Sun: 8:00am-8:00pm

The Home Depot
(703)642-3660
6555 Little River Trnpke
Alexandria, VA
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Mon-Sat: 6:00am-10:00pm
Sun: 8:00am-8:00pm

The Home Depot
(301)634-3726
7111 Westlake Terrace
Bethesda, MD
Hours
Mon-Sat: 6:00am-10:00pm
Sun: 8:00am-8:00pm

Hand Tools, Garage Accessories

A homeowner's must-haves

Power tools are certainly handy, but sometimes, all you really need is a little elbow grease. Hand tools don't require electricity to run and are perfect for those little jobs around the house, such as hanging pictures and paintings or assembling furniture.

The Essentials

Perhaps the most essential hand tools are the hammer and the screwdriver. These items should be at the top of any handyman's (or handywoman's) wish list. Hammers come in a variety of sizes, but one good-quality, medium-sized hammer should be enough to accomplish most tasks. Just be sure the weight is comfortable for repeated use.

Screwdrivers, on the other hand, are a bit more complicated. With a variety of heads required to fit different types of screws, one screwdriver is rarely enough. Look instead for a screwdriver set or a screwdriver with changeable heads. This is probably the most economical way to get the variety you'll need.

If you prefer to purchase your screwdrivers separately, you'll need at least a Philips-head and a flat-head to start.

Other essential items are pliers for gripping, turning or crimping and a utility knife for cutting. A knife offers the most versatility, but some pliers also include cutting blades, and a pair of wire cutters is still the safest and easiest option for cutting wire.

All About The Wrench

The main function of a wrench - also called a spanner or even a spanner wrench - is to turn nuts and bolts into (or out of) place. Because there is such variety in the size and shape a nut or bolt can take, there are also numerous sizes and shapes of wrenches. Wrench sets are an affordable way to provide yourself with some selection and increase your odds of having the right wrench for the job. An adjustable wrench (sometimes mistakenly called a monkey wrench after its predecessor) can also be useful in this regard, but the options may not be quite as numerous.

Some wrenches are designed with a particular purpose in mind. For example, a pipe wrench has an adjustable head and serrated jaws perfect for gripping pipe and pipe fittings, and a torque wrench measures the amount of rotational force being applied. Some torque wrenches use a dial or meter to display the reading, while others simply slip if a certain level of force is exceeded.

For fasteners in tight spaces, a socket wrench has a long cylinder or sleeve, called a socket, designed to fit over the nut or bolt at one end and lock into a handle or drive mechanism at the other, allowing the nut or bolt to be turned from a distance. One of the most popular drive mechanisms is a ratchet handle, which transfers the back-and-forth motion of the handle into a rotation of the socket, continuously turning the nut or bolt. This prevents the user from having to adjust the position of the socket with each turn, as is required with a conventional wrench. A socket wrench with a ratchet handle is sometimes referred to as a ratchet wrench or simply a ratchet.

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