Essential DIY tools! Whether you’re a single parent, a new homeowner or a hobbyist, anyone owning a property should be able to conduct small time DIY works in order to maintain the condition of their property. It is important that you have all the necessities so that you can make repairs if worst comes to worst (although there are some situations you shouldn’t handle without expert help).
So; what would you consider essential tools and equipment for DIY work around the house? We’ve put together a list of 10 tools no homeowner should be without.
1. Safety Equipment
One great way of treating any injury is learning proper prevention. As you would not leave your house without locking the door, or riding a bucycle without a helmet, good safety equipment is essential when conducting DIY works. Even something as minuscule as having proper working-gloves could help with avoidable accidents, such as splinters and cuts.
Electric screwdrivers make short work of many jobs, but a couple of manual screwdrivers are also useful in your DIY arsenal. From tightening a screw on a cabinet to simply changing the battery on a wristwatch, having an assortment of screwdrivers of different sizes is extremely helpful.
3. Spirit Level
When you start delving into more complicated DIY projects (don’t make these common DIY mistakes), a spirit level is an important tool to make sure that you’ve got your angles right. Whether you’re building a table, making a portrait frame or lining up a set of shelves, a spirit level helps you determine if your project is level, or if it needs a bit of tweaking.
Need to change a light bulb? You need a ladder. Need to clear your guttering? Paint your roof? Clean your windows? Working at height is an important part of property maintenance, so no self-respecting homeowner or DIY enthusiast would be caught without a ladder. Of course, you can always borrow one from a friend, but it is always better to have one of your own.
5. Assortment of Allen Keys
An Allen Key is a simple L-shaped tool that comes in a variety of different sizes. It is also known as the hex key or the Allen wrench and can be used as a driver for screws, bolts and other similar fasteners. So many features and fittings need an Allen key for adjustments that it simply doesn’t make sense for you not to own one.
6. PVC Tape
Where leaks and cracks are concerned, PVC tape offers a quick short-term solution to sealing pipes, boilers and other faulty products in your home. If you’re in a pinch, PVC tape helps to wrap up the problem for the time being while you find a more permanent solution. Insulation tape (similar) can also be used to insulate wires and to colour code your wiring systems.
7. Tape Measure
As the old saying goes: ‘measure twice, cut once’. With a tape measure, you can measure the dimensions of your rooms, furniture, appliances and more. It helps you get the dimensions right when ordering a new kitchen, or when seeing whether or not you can upgrade to a queen sized double from a single. No more vague guesswork when – with a tape measure – you can figure out the exact measurements of a table and whether or not it will, in fact, fit up those stairs and into the spare bedroom.
Pliers are a multi-purpose tool that can be used for gripping, loosening or tightening bolts, bending metal, snipping wires in half and more. Pliers are even good for stubborn taps or radiator valves that won’t budge and you can also buy adjustable pliers that can be made wider or narrower as needed.
They help shed light on dark situations and also make a great emergency light source if you happen to be left with no power in the middle of the night. When conducting DIY work, you won’t always be working with the best of lighting, so a versatile headlamp makes for an incredibly useful piece of kit.
10. Foot Pump/Electric Pump
Paddling pools, blow-up mattresses, even beach balls can take some time to inflate when you’re just pushing air out of your lungs. In order to avoid passing out, get a foot pump or an electric pump to speed up the process. These handy pumps are also invaluable when you’ve got a dodgy tyre right in the middle of a long car journey.
Do you have everything on this list? Are you perhaps missing a few of the smaller items? There may be those of us who never want to touch a hammer or a tape measure for fear of doing more harm than good, but knowing what to do when something goes wrong is part of the responsibilities of being a homeowner. In having the right tools for the job, you’re already half of the way there. Make sure you’re prepared for everything with our comprehensive list of essential DIY tools!
Mike James, an independent content writer in the property development industry – working together on this occasion with Surrey-based temporary scaffolding specialist Precipitous, who were consulted over the information in this post.