People that love DIY are a bit like people that love to cook in that they have an ability to acquire a huge array of equipment, some of which has never even seen the light and day! It can be all too easy to fall prey to the latest marketing gimmick and become convinced that you need a fancy schmancy piece of equipment when all you really need is a new drill bit.
There are however some pieces of DIY equipment that are completely invaluable that every keen DIY buff should own. If you’re thinking about buying a new piece of home equipment or aren’t sure that you’ve got the right tools for the job, this article is for you. Check out the 8 most important tools that every DIY-er should own.
- Claw Hammer
Robust and designed for both hammering in nails and for levering them out, everyone should have a claw hammer in their home. Choose a good quality one with a good weight to it and it should last you a lifetime.
- Powerful Torch
Sure you can use your phone’s torch function at a pinch, but for those difficult to see areas and messier jobs, you should pick a sturdy torch with a powerful lamp. A quality headlamp is also a good alternative to this and particularly handy for cramped spaces.
Pliers are so multi-functional that it’s no surprise that they’ve made this list. Use them to clamp things in place, pry thing open or closed, and for pulling things like nails and screws out. They’re inexpensive too which is of course a bonus.
- Screwdriver set
Get a screwdriver set (either separate screwdrivers for each size and shape or one of those convenient head swapping ones) and you’ll always be covered no matter the shape of the screw. It’s such a necessity so don’t ever let yourself be without one – from fixing pans to assembling beds, it’ll always come in handy.
- Adjustable Spanner
For tightening and loosening nuts and bolts you’ll always need a spanner so why not make life easy for yourself with an adjustable one? You can change the setting to fit any nut size so unless you are really frequently in the need for spanners, this will cover you for just what you need.
- Measuring Tape
It’s not exactly hi-tech but you’ll actually use a measuring tape more than you think. Have both a soft one (yes the type that you get in crackers) and a retractable, lockable one. They’re not expensive but they will be guaranteed to make your DIY projects much more accurate.
- Spirit Level
For hanging things, levelling floors and more, a spirit level is a vital piece of equipment. Nobody wants uneven shelves for example and with a spirit level this type of rookie error can easily be avoided.
- Electrical tape, masking tape and duct tape
Tape is another really basic thing to own that’s inexpensive but it is important to always have a roll or two around. Use electrical tape when you need to cover loose wires safely, masking tape to mark out boundaries and as protection from paint damage, and duct tape when you need a strong and secure all-rounder.
Assembling a basic but good DIY kit doesn’t need fancy electrical tools but rather trusted traditional ones.