We all have that one friend in life who would want to do everything their own way. They love and swear by DIY and its benefits of it. But it might be possible that you’ve often heard them struggle with the DIY essential tools. There’s something or the other that either goes missing or needs fixing.
But what’s DIY that everyone seems to be talking about?
According to Wikipedia, Do it yourself” (“DIY“) is the method of building, modifying, or repairing things without the direct aid of experts or professionals.
While you try to understand their craziness to do everything on their own, you might want to buy them something that they will love you for.
There are a plethora of options when you begin to look at, what a DIYer might need. But out of those overwhelming options, how do you choose which ones are the absolute must for almost every project that crosses a DIYer’s mind?
Here’s a brief list of tools that ought to be in their fancy tool bags:
The most important tool when a person starts any project can’t do without a set of nails and a good robust hammer to go with it. When it comes to buying a hammer, one should always go for the one that has a claw opposite the head so it can also pry out the nails. A hammer is also considered a multipurpose tool as it can be used to crush and break a few things as a part of the project.
Investment in a set of multiple screwdrivers would be definitely the most important one that you will make. From the smallest to the biggest things, these screwdrivers will help you fix most things since our homes consist of furniture that is mostly built and fixed with the help of screws. One thing to always bear in mind when you choose a screwdriver is to check for a comfortable and sturdy grip.
Claimed to be the most used tool on any job site, a tape measure is something without which you can’t even think of beginning a project. Without the correct measurements, you can’t hope to get anything right. The beginning of a great project often starts with accurate measurements and that’s where a good tape measure comes in handy.
When looking for tape measure qualities, go for the ones that are durable enough. One of the most desirable and useful feature of this would be the feature of locking and retracting. How may it help, you might wonder. You can easily lock one end of it and feed it out to measure the length. It stays put as you note the measurement and you can retract it once you are done.
If things could go tougher, then they are definitely going to involve some nuts and bolts. Whether you need to tighten them or undo them completely, you would definitely need a wrench. Once again, look for a comfortable handle to hold it. Also, it would save you both time and money if you can get your hands on an adjustable wrench as it can help you with various sizes of nuts and bolts.
If you find a wrench too scary or complex to deal with. You can go for a pair of pliers instead. With a mouth of metal teeth to hold the object of attention, its long handles give you the liberty to twist, bend or pull the object. Hence, this proves to be a worthier option to have in your toolbox. Depending upon your intended usage you can opt for needle-nose pliers (used for primarily in electrical work) or locking pliers ( which have adjustable jaws to catch any sized nuts).
After the basics, come a few expert tools which are good to have if you plan on any wooden DIY project. Usually, a hand saw is a blade attached to a handle. It comes most handy when it comes to making cuts or cutting short pieces of wood. It’s cheaper and simpler to use than those heavy power saws. Out of many types available, the Japanese Pull Saw is said to be the best one delivering the cleanest and the fastest cuts.
To avoid buying a new one when the old one loses its strength, buy a saw with a replaceable blade.
A Power drilling machine is one of the most important power tools to add to your toolbox. Apart from drilling holes into walls and wood, it can also be used as a faster version of a screwdriver to drive in the screws. As technology advances, you now also have at your disposal the choice of getting a cordless drill that works fine on a set of batteries. This could save you a lot of trouble in looking out for an electric socket especially when you are working outdoors.
These DIY tools are much like the never-ending range of your motorcycle accessories. There are many other tools that though not mentioned here can be added to your toolbox depending upon your expertise to use them and the types of projects you want to indulge in. And you always have an option of adding more to what you already have. But more than anything else, your safety is of utmost importance. Therefore, don’t forget to add a sturdy pair of gloves and a secure pair of goggles to keep yourself safe.