In recent years, the popularity of DIY has exploded in the UK, with a huge number of homeowners taking to doing their own projects themselves rather than pull in a contractor. DIY doesn’t just save money; it can also give you an almost immeasurable sense of pride, knowing you did the job yourself.
Also, Doing It Yourself grants a greater sense of creativity and allows you to throw in little touches and nuances to make a project truly unique – touches that most contractors simply wouldn’t consider.
Of course, the success of any project starts with having the right tools and materials. Before you begin that next DIY project, start by visiting a website like powerpointelectrics.co.uk, which offers a huge array of cabling, tools, and other materials you might need for the job. Here are just a few of the mainstay tools you should ensure you have in your toolbox.
A knife is an essential tool in any toolkit. Utility knives are the best models and feature a retractable blade to save cutting yourself by accident when the knife is not in use. Very often, scissors don’t offer enough accuracy (or are unwieldy to use) – particularly for tasks like cutting wallpaper or opening boxes. Having a knife all also allows you to shave wood, cut or splice wires, make notches in boards or on a wall, etc.
The simple hammer – surely one of the most basic tools – is also one of the most functional. With a hammer and nails, you can build almost anything – or pull it apart using the claw side. A nail is no use without a hammer, so make sure you have one in your toolbox before even thinking of starting a project. You will find countless uses for this simplest of simple tools.
Much like a nail is no use without a hammer, a screw is similarly useless without a screwdriver. Almost every job you do – whether it be a simple fix-up to full build projects – will likely involve using a screwdriver at some point. Remember to bear in mind the most common different types of screws and make sure you have the right screwdriver to fit. Many modern screwdrivers feature interchangeable heads to increase their flexibility of use.
Tapes and measures
The humble tape measure is one of the most under-rated tools in any toolbox. Most jobs will start with measurements of some variety – whether it be working out how much paint you’ll need to cover a wall, measuring a door-space for a refit, or just assessing the length of wood you’ll need in a building project. Almost all jobs begin or involve a measuring tape at some point.
Sometimes, human force alone isn’t enough, and you’ll frequently find you dip into your toolbox to find a pair of pliers. Pliers come in numerous shapes and sizes are useful for pulling and turning nuts and bolts, removing plumbing, extracting nails, or even straightening a bent or twisted fitting.
There are a multitude of other tools you might use specific to the work you’re doing, but, as a minimum, every DIYer’s toolbox needs the above to complete a job. As you do more work and projects, you’ll probably end up vastly expanding your toolkit to include many other, more diverse tools.