From: Iowan in MD/DC
can fix half of a household's problems with wd40, vise grips, and duct tape.
I'd argue that duct tape isn't actually fixing, it's just delaying. I really don't think I'm a tool snob, but you gotta use the right tool for the job (even if it's a basic version). My perspective is you can't be a functioning household in terms of basic tasks (hanging things on walls, taking a door off to painting, fixing the chain on a toilet handle, etc.) without a hammer, set of screwdrivers, a drill with a basic set of bits, and 2 sets of pliers (not vise grips). A basic saw and a sanding block also help. If you've got those, you're pretty well set for your basics, and if you live in an apartment forever that's all you'll ever need.