Need to measure a piece of wood, a length of wire or a window? Handyman Kamani Sicard, of NYC Handyman in Manhattan, N.Y., believes every household needs a tape measure. Tape measures come in many lengths, but for around-the-house jobs, Sicard recommends a medium-sized one. “If you’re working on a large project, you’ll have enough length, and if you’re working on a smaller project, you’ll have more increments for accuracy. It also won’t be too cumbersome to hold," said Sicard.