Whether you’re starting out on a new handy hobby, or you’ve been meaning to make some upgrades, there are a few must-have tools on the market for you to check out. Especially when it comes to home improvement, you really need to have a well-stocked toolshed, or you’re going to have to run out to the hardware store mid-project. And if DIY has been your hobby for some time, you’ll know that new projects can also bring about the need for new tools. Since it’s always better to have something and not need it than to need it and not have it, here are a few essential tools for the DIY lover.
You most likely have the basic toolbox that every home should have – DIY lovers or not. Screwdrivers, spanners, claw hammers, adjustable wrenches, pliers, and so on, all neatly packed in a portable case. These are essentials for everything, from tiny fixes on the remote control, to bigger fixes like your motorbike tune-up.
If you love doing remodeling jobs and renovations, you’ll want to make sure you have the right heavy duty equipment to work with. A good Porter Cable Sander for the walls and ceilings will be a good investment for you if so. You’ll also want to have an electric drill and a power saw to make installations and adjustments a breeze. As far as your tools can be automated, you’ll find you have to waste less time and energy in the process of fixing things up.
The Little Knickknacks
Power tools aside, you’ll need a range of little gadgets in the mix too. A spirit level is good to have around, whether you’re making a dinner table from scratch, or hanging a painting. You’ll also benefit from keeping a tape measure around if you want to be precise and accurate. A utility knife should be kept handy as they can perform a wide variety of functions from box cutting to pencil sharpening and more.Also have a few rolls of duct tape and electrical tape, a few tubes of superglue, and some WD-40. These things are always going to be needed, not just for DIY jobs.
Don’t forget, safety first! You may not be doing an industrial job here, but you still are vulnerable to getting hurt. The risks you take by not using regulation gloves, safety goggles, hard hats, and dust mask are just not worth having a gorgeous house. Accidental injuries are very common with DIY jobs, from paper-cuts to limb loss. It’s a small effort to keep you and your family safe. Always be sure to keep your tools unplugged when not in use, and don’t work around children. Don’t be stingy when you’re buying safety gear either; make sure you purchase high quality stuff and ensure that you use them all every time, even for small jobs.
These few essentials can usually get you through most of the jobs you do. In fact, if you find that you need anything more, it might mean that you’re in need of an expert!