Get your Toolkit Sorted Out
Whether you’re an avid DIYer, a hands-on handyman or an emergency fixer-upper, every home needs a basic toolkit. Keep the butterknives safely in the kitchen drawer and away from stubborn screws with this list of ten basic tools to get those jobs on the to-do list done in no time!
Tip: Keep this toolbox in a quick to reach spot such as under the sink or in a passage cupboard to avoid the temptation to “fix it later”.
Measure twice, cut once. An 8-meter measuring tape is perfect for most home projects. Depending on the projects you usually do, a 5-meter or even a smaller 3-meter measuring tape could also do the trick.
Don’t get caught without something to record your measurements with. Keeping a few pencils in your toolkit will ensure you are always prepared when the need to mark where a nail needs to go or where you need to cut something is.
At a minimum, you’ll need two screwdrivers, one flat head or slotted and one Phillips or cross head. Investing in a quality set will ensure you can easily tighten, loosen or open whatever you need to fix quickly. Your toolkit can never have enough.
Whether its knocking in some nails or taking them out, a trusty claw hammer is the best option for small projects around the house.
Nails and Screws
Save a trip to the hardware by having a selection of nails and screws on hand for when you need them. Storing them in individual tubs or a divided box will help not having to dig around in your toolbox for the size or type you are looking for.
Like screwdrivers, a selection of pliers is best to ensure you have the right tool for the job. Start with a pair of needle-nose and grooved pliers to get your collection going. Wire cutting and vice-grip pliers are also a great investment for tricker jobs.
The eye can be deceiving, make sure all your projects are perfectly straight with a quality spirit level that will last a lifetime. A must for your toolkit at home.
Throw a spanner in the works in the best way with a combination spanner set. An adjustable or shifting spanner is also a great option for tightening or loosening bolts, nuts and fasteners.
Feel like a real-life “MacGyver” by always having some duct tape on hand to get you out of a sticky situation. Rolls of masking and packing tape are also useful to have in your toolbox for a range of projects or emergencies.
Drill and Drill Bits
Likely the most expensive purchase for your toolkit will be a drill. From drilling pilot holes to driving screws, investing in a quality drill will make DIYing that much easier.
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