General DIY – Tools

When it comes to do-it-yourself, a rudimentary understanding of tools is essential. Before embarking on any DIY project, you will need a basic kit in your toolbox as well as work-specific tools, including the relevant power tools. An all-important principle to remember when purchasing DIY tools is to never cut corners or cut costs on cheap, inferior equipment. Doing so could pose a safety risk, at worst, or slow down your work time, at best. In addition, once you have adequate, usable tools, always remember to store them safely, especially in a home where young children are around.

So here are the nuts-and-bolts of a sound DIY toolkit. For under £50, you could purchase the following: a set of screwdrivers, including a “Phillips”; a collection of nuts, bolts, nails, and screws; a 5m tape measure; insulated pliers; an electrical test screw driver; a claw hammer; a junior hacksaw; a utility knife; a spirit level; a small adjustable spanner; a small flashlight; and a monkey wrench. If you are doing DIY painting, you will need a set of paintbrushes in various sizes; a roller and tray; sandpaper and a putty knife; and caulk for filling cracks.

For electrical DIY, you will need black insulating tape; strip connectors; cable clips; cable ties; and various sockets and switches. You’ll also need advice from professionals before doing any electrical work in the home.  In the UK these days some electrical work is taboo as far as the DIY enthusiast is concerned.

When doing DIY carpentry or masonry work, you’ll also need a T-square; chalk; a chisel; a circular saw; a power drill and a power screwdriver. In general, any DIY work will require its work-specific tools and equipment.

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