About a year and a half ago I bought my first house. I had owned a condo before, but this is the first house. I got it for a song because it had a lot of deferred maintenance. 30 year old carpets, fences falling down, windows broken out, etc.
I've been fixing it up and I'm starting to discover that some tools are worth buying. So far I've bought a DeWalt miter saw and a Bosch oscillating tool. With these I've regrouted tile and installed bamboo floor and baseboards.
I've never thought much about tools before. Most of my life I've gotten by with the $15 tool sets they put out at Christmas time.
I love these new toys, but I've started to wonder if I should get hand tools instead of power tools so that I could use them under any circumstances. Since I'm generally clueless about tools I was hoping that you guys could give some input on what other tools would be "basic" for around the house work (renovation). If you were buying your first set of tools would you get power or hand tools?