Owning a basic set of tools is a must, even if you aren’t an DIY enthusiast. There will be plenty of times when you’ll need a tool to fix or repair something around the home, so here are some essential tools that everybody should own.
Essential Do-it-Yourself Toolkit lists
If you want to add a bit of life to your walls at home, then you’ll probably think about putting up a few pictures or treasured family photos. You’ll struggle to do this without a hammer, so make sure your toolbox contains one. You’re bound to come across many quick fixes that could use a hammer. Whatever job you require one for, don’t go for a very cheap one, as it might not last that long. Go for good quality, and pick one that doesn’t feel too heavy.
A screwdriver is pretty indispensable, even if you loathe DIY. You’ll need this toolbox essential next time you need to change the batteries in your child’s toy or when the screw on your shelf needs tightening up, for instance. Screwdrivers come in all shapes and sizes, and most DIYers have a few nestling in their toolbox. You’ll probably get away with a Phillips and a standard flat-head for most tasks but it might be worthwhile getting a small set so you’ve got a variety of sizes to hand.
Nuts and bolts are used to keep things securely together and there may well come a time when you need to use a spanner to tighten or loosen an item. It could be something as simple as adjusting the seat height on a bike or changing the washer on a tap, for instance. Get yourself an adjustable spanner so that you can change the widths according to the task.
A retractable tape measure is a really handy tool to own and will have a multitude of uses. If you need to measure new furniture or curtains to see if they will fit in your house, or if you’re hanging up some wallpaper, then you’ll be lost without your trusty tape measure.
You may not need to use them every day, but a pair of pliers deserves a place in your toolkit. This is the type of tool that you will think you don’t need until a problem presents itself. There may well come a time when you need to cut or bend some wires or nails or you need to remove something that is wedged in tightly and the pliers can easily do the job for you.
Occasionally, you may need to use a sharp knife to cut something around the home. A decent utility knife is worth having in your toolbox for such purposes. Don’t forget, though, always keep sharp implements away from young children.
You don’t need to be a DIY pro to own a cordless drill, but they do have their uses for simple jobs around the home where you need to drill into the wall. Whether it’s putting up a picture, or a hanging basket outside, the cordless drill will make tackling these kinds of jobs easy. You’ll need different sized bits to go with your drill according to the task so it’s worth investing in a simple set.
A saw will come in handy when you decide it’s time to prune the tree in your garden, which may involve hacking a few branches off. You can get all different types of saws, so choose one for the most appropriate tasks you’re likely to use it for. Opt for a good quality saw, which will last much longer and be more effective than a really cheap one.
This toolkit guide was put together by Amy, a home improvement enthusiast who loves to write. She works with companies like Tool Orders to share their ideas and advice about the home.