Do you like tinkering with and repairing things? Do you want to be hands-on in upgrading or improving on your house? If you do, you should invest in your DIY toolkit to make sure you always have the necessary tools to get everything done. With your own DIY toolkit, you can comfortably take on the smallest repairs to bigger home renovation projects like installing rta kitchen cabinets. So, what are the 10 most useful tools you should have in your DIY toolkit?
- A hammer is probably the most used tool when you’re doing DIY projects. From simple tasks like hanging pictures on the wall, to changing floor boards and making cabinets, a hammer is a staple in every home repair job. There are many types of hammers but the one you should always keep on hand is a claw hammer – the one with a flat peen and a claw on the other end to pull nails and pry materials.
- Tape measure – When you’re fixing or creating a picture, you need a tape measure so that all your measurements are exact. The tape measure used for home repair is the rolled metal tape which has to be pulled when being used and then snaps back to the container when you push a button. For simple home repair tasks, a 25-foot tape should do.
- Ladder – Whether you’re replacing a bulb or painting your house, you’ll need a ladder to reach higher places. You can use a stepladder instead of an extension ladder because it can be used both inside and outside the house. If you’re reaching a really high place, like a tree or a lamp, you have to use an extension ladder instead.
- Screwdrivers – These are important for electrical repairs. Most commonly used screwdrivers are the Phillips-head (for screws with cross heads) and flat-head screwdrivers (for screws with just a line on the head). You can also invest in multi-purpose screwdrivers with interchangeable heads for other screws that can’t be taken care of by common screw drivers.
- Utility knife – This tool makes cutting through materials a breeze. It’s sometimes called a box cutter or razor knife.
- Flashlight – If you need to work on places not reachable by light or if the power goes out, you can rely on your flashlight to provide the illumination you need to get the work done. Don’t forget the batteries!
- Pliers – You need three types of pliers. Needle-nose pliers with pointed tips, flat-head or flat nose pliers and side-cutting pliers (they look like scissors). You use pliers to tighten or loosen connections, cut wires or pull staples.
- Wrenches – These are used for jobs that can’t be done with a pair of pliers. If you need to loosen bolts, use your wrench. You can also use a wrench in gripping or removing pipes, nuts and other household items. Wrenches are not only used in home repairs but in car repairs as well.
- Drill – From hanging picture frames to attaching house fixtures, having a drill is necessary. There are electric drills and cordless drills, so choose the type of drill depending on your needs. If you’re only doing light home repairs, the cordless drill is the more efficient choice. If you think you’re going to use the drill for a longer period of time, I suggest you invest in an electric drill.
- Saw – A saw is used to cut a board or wood. If you’re doing simple cutting, you can use a handsaw. But if you need to cut large materials, you should use other types of saws like a table saw, circular saw or jigsaw.
Aside from these tools, you’ll also need to keep other supplies like nails, screws, tape, electrical tape, bolts and nuts. Keep all these materials and tools in one DIY toolbox so you don’t misplace anything, especially nuts and bolts which can be dangerous if left lying around. Clean your tools regularly by wiping with a dry cloth and keep your toolbox in a dry place to protect your tools from moisture, rust and dirt.