8 Essential Tools For Beginner DIYers

September 4, 2015 - 2 min read

If you haven’t got a clue when it comes to tools, you can get up to speed with this most popular tools and how they are used. Whether you’re looking to make small fixes around the home or about to start your own DIY project, these 8 tools will consistently come in handy. Next time you walk into your local hardware store, don’t purchase another dust-collecting tool, instead get something you’ll use time and time again.

Top 8 Essential Tools For Beginner DIYers

When it come up with a list of everyday fix-up jobs, there’s a number of tools you’ll need more often than others. We’ve provided a list of the 8 most essential tools and what they do.

  1. Claw Hammer
    A claw hammer is a multi-purpose tool used mainly to drive in nails and pull them out. Try to purchase one that has a comfortable handle that provides good shock absorption.

  2. Screwdriver
    Screwdrivers can be used for everyday jobs like prying the lid off a paint can or unlocking your little one’s toy battery compartments. Try to get your hands on a couple of screwdriver varieties (Phillips head, flat head, etc.), preferably with magnetic tips.

  3. Vise Grips
    An extremely versatile tool, vise grip pliers lock into place and can be used to keep things still while you work. In some instances they also work in lieu of conventional pliers, clamps and adjustable wrenches.

  4. Adjustable Wrench
    Rather than buying a variety of different wrenches, an adjustable wrench will allow you to easily tighten and loosen any sized nut or bolt around the house.

  5. Tape Measure
    Whether you need to know if your fridge will fit or you want to make sure your new blinds will fit the window, a tape measure is essential to avoid any expensive mistakes.

  6. Level
    Levels are used to make sure an object or surface is completely horizontal. They are easy to use and are great if you want a to make sure your photos aren’t crooked or your shelving is completely straight.

  7. Stanley Knife
    Great for opening boxes, Stanley knives are sharp multi-purpose tools perfect for making a quick cut. Try purchasing a knife with rubber handles and built-in blade storage.

  8. Duct tape
    Duct tape often provides a great temporary hold if you need a quick fix. Duct tape has thousands of different uses and is fairly cheap and durable as well.

Honourable mentions include: Racheting screwdriver, hacksaw, socket wrench, WD-40, Allen keys, torch and super glue.

It’s important to remember the motto: you get what you pay for. Opt for quality tools that will get the job one right, and last!

While we haven’t mentioned any personal protection equipment (PPE), it’s vital you purchase all the right safety gear to ensure your DIY job is done safely. Visit the NSW WorkCover website, for more information on choosing the right PPE.

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