Editor's note: Barry Courter has a 24-year-old son who is a college graduate and a 19-year-old daughter who is a sophomore in college.
Q: Dad, it looks like I'll be renting a house. What will I need in my tool kit?
A: You know I love this stuff. Everyone should have a basic kit for small projects and emergencies. You can buy an all-in-one box or put one together, but buy quality. You'll need a hammer and a flashlight, of course. In the past, a Phillips head and a flathead screwdriver pretty much completed the kit, but now you need drivers with hex and star bits (heads) for all kinds of things. Fortunately, these are often sold together with a single handle. Get at least a three-piece set of pliers, also. A good cordless drill/screwdriver is also handy.
-- Barry Courter
Barry Courter is staff reporter and columnist for the Times Free Press. He started his journalism career at the Chattanooga News-Free Press in 1987. He covers primarily entertainment and events for ChattanoogaNow, as well as feature stories for the Life section. Born in Lafayette, Ind., Barry has lived in Chattanooga since 1968. He graduated from Notre Dame High School and the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga with a degree in broadcast journalism. He previously was ...