Want to do some DIY work around your home? Think your toolkit is complete? Do you really have the basics covered? Not sure? You’re going to soon find out what’s missing, as the following are the basic supplies that should be included in your toolkit.
Basic Accessories & Fittings
Will you be undertaking specialist operations that need bronze castings? Make sure you have everything you need to complete minor and major jobs. This includes accessories and small fittings. We’re talking wrenches, a pair of scissors, tube and plastic cutters, pliers, a set of screwdrivers and a faucet key.
Safety should be your number one priority when out on a job. To prevent accidents and protect yourself, you need to have safety goggles, a hard hat, safety gloves, hearing protection, masks and work boots. Depending on the job you are doing, you may also need specialist safety equipment to protect you against potential risks involving toxic chemicals etc. Make sure to safeguard your safety equipment feet with antivibration pads, screws, level, and other protective features to ensure longevity and proper functioning.
You should invest in a 25foot tape measure with a locking measuring blade. The blade should be at least one inch thick to prevent it from collapsing when stretched beyond a couple of feet. You’ll use a tape measure every day for something around the home so this should be top of your list.
A 16 ounce claw style hammer should be suitable for most jobs. Choose one with a cushioned handle for added grip and comfort and you’ll thank yourself later. More specialized jobs might require you to also have a tack hammer, a drywall hammer, a framing hammer and a ball been hammer.
A tack hammer or upholstery hammer is lightweight. It secures upholstery fabric to furniture sofa and bed frames using small nails or tacks. On the other hand, a drywall hammer has a milled face to grip nails with a hatchet-like end to trim drywall. It is used to install and modify drywall.
You can make different DIY projects using a hammer and nails, such as a tin can candle holder, aluminum signs, and key holders. This indispensable tool is handy in woodwork and carpentry jobs.
Knives & Blades
First, make sure you have a standard Stanley knife in your kit. Next, think about the types of jobs you’re going to be doing most? Will you be cutting through heavy copper pipes? Or cutting through carpet, plastic or glass? If so, you will need to find the best blades and knives for those specific materials.
A spirit level will be your best friend when trying to determine if something is level. From hanging pictures and trimming out a door to placing kitchen cabinets in place, using a spirit level is the only way you can be sure you’re achieving a level finish. Be sure to check the bubble accuracy by placing it on a professional level.
Whether you are marking lines to cut or you’re setting up tools, using a square will give you the accuracy levels you need. There are different types available so research speed squares and combination squares and choose the best one for the projects that you’ll be doing. Not sure which is the most suitable? Get all types in a square set for peace of mind.
And they are just some of the basics you need to be investing in if you’d like to create a full tool kit for a wide range of projects. Other essentials include a file, flashlight, a power drill, circular saw, clamps, a sander, duct tape, a handsaw and sand paper. With these essentials, you should be able to tackle most plumbing, electrical, and home improvement tasks around the home.