There is nothing more satisfying than having the right tool for the job in hand – and nothing worse than trying to use the wrong tool for a job! The tools featured below are ten tools that no self-respecting toolbox can afford to be seen without. It could be argued that this list should contain more power tools but it has focused solely on the absolutely essential everyday DIY tools.
You should be able to kit yourself out with these essential tools for no more than £60 at any DIY shop so there really is no excuse to be left without the right tool for the job any more.
1. Claw Hammer
The humble claw hammer is essential for driving nails in, pulling them out, and even small demolition jobs.
You will need both a Phillips screwdriver – with a cross shaped point – and a flathead screwdriver. You can use your flathead for light prying, scraping, and nudging.
3. Tape Measure
A good quality tape measure is invaluable for a number of DIY jobs whether you are estimating paint coverage, measuring wood for cabinets, hanging wallpaper or just checking to see if furniture fits in a room.
4. Crescent Wrench
This versatile tool is a must – you can think of it as about 50 tools in one as the sliding jaw of this adjustable wrench can change its width and allow you to use it on nuts and bolts of all sizes.
5. Socket Wrench (or Ratchet)
]What the crescent wrench gives you in versatility the ratchet gives you in sheer power. The ratchet lets you to tighten or loosen without the need to remove and refit the wrench after every turn. This makes it more suitable if the job in hand involves a lot of nuts and bolts.
Vice grip pliers and needle nose pliers will both be needed for different jobs. The vice grip plier is essential when you need an extra pair of hands as they lock into place. They are a versatile tool that can be used as pliers, a wrench, wire cutters, or a clamp. Needle nose pliers are an essential tool for electrical work but are useful whenever you need to cut, bend, grip, or strip wire.
7. Cordless Drill and Bits
The cordless drill is the only power tool to make it into this essential list due to its versatility. It can be used for drilling holes or driving screws into wood. You should find that a 12 volt drill has enough power to do the jobs you need around the house but isn’t too heavy. Other useful features to look for in your drill are that it has variable speeds and a reversible drive direction. A reversible drill can take screws out as well as drill them in.
8. Crosscut Saw
A good general purpose handsaw is useful for cutting wood, whether this be branches in the garden or timber for woodworking projects. Crosscut saws are used to cut against the grain on a piece of wood. If you’ll be doing woodwork that requires a cut along the grain you need a rip saw.
9. Spirit Level
The simple bubble spirit level still holds its own in the face of hi-tech competition from laser levels and iPhone apps.
10. Stanley Knife
The super sharp blade of this knife will ensure it is constantly in and out of your toolbox whatever the project.