DIY Tool Guide – Part One

No household should be without a basic toolkit, ready to deal with minor domestic emergencies and simple DIY jobs.

Why should you bother to spend any money on a DIY toolkit? Well the main reason is that even without one you’re STILL going to find DIY jobs to do…. Spending a few quid on a DIY toolkit will save you the pain of using a dinner knife instead of a screwdriver!

So this is my DIY tool guide for setting yourself up with a toolkit that will give you the right tool for all the little jobs around the house.

The first thing you need is a toolbox… Seriously, start right there, because otherwise you end up losing tools quicker than you can buy them! Find yourself a lightweight plastic toolbox, ideally one with a tray under the lid for small parts, it’ll set you back about £16 to £20.

Now let’s fill it with a set of tools that won’t cost you a fortune.

A hammer is always a good place to start but there’s a amazing array to choose from. For a basic DIY toolbox there are a couple you can buy that will cover most eventualities, find yourself a 16oz Claw Hammer (for bigger things that need hitting, costs about £9 for a decent brand) and a 4oz Cross Pein Hammer (for small jobs that need a bit of precision, costs about £5).

A decent screwdriver set is a must, a really cheap set won’t last long and usually fail just at the wrong moment so if you’re going to splash out a bit on anything then I’d suggest your screwdrivers are the place to do it. A set of VDE Insulated Screwdrivers is a great idea, find a set of about 7, maybe 4 sizes of plain slot drivers and 3 PoziDrive screwdrivers, these will cost you about £20. The insulation prevents you from electrocuting yourself when you poke a screwdriver somewhere you shouldn’t have! An ordinary non-insulated set of screwdrivers will set you back anything from £5 upwards.

One other screwdriver you really must get is an Electrical Test Screwdriver, it’ll cost you about £2, use this before poking any other scredriver into anything electrical. If you don’t already know an Electrical Test Screwdriver lights up when you put the tip of it onto a live connection and your finger on the top of it. A very small current runs from the live connection, thru the bulb in the top of it and then runs to earth thru your body… don’t worry, you won’t feel a thing! You will find live connections BEFORE you touch them tho!

More in DIY Tool Guide – Part Two….

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