Buying your first DIY tool kit can be an exciting experience, especially if you have a specific project in mind.
Here is a list of suggested tools to help you set up your own DIY tool kit. Below the listed items you will find a brief explanation of what each tool can be used for.
If you are on a budget purchase the items as required for each task.
When I started doing my own DIY projects I started with some of the items in the tool kit suggested below as well as paint brushes, paint rollers and paint to give a flat at the back of my house a face lift before it was rented out.
As you will see from the photos below, many are showing years or wear. Some have been with me for a very long time.
DIY TOOL KIT
Hammer – claw hammer
Pliers – Combination/Vise-Grip
Sharp Pencil and Sharpener
Hand Saw – general purpose/crosscut
Ear Muffs or Ear Plugs
Folding Work Bench (if no suitable work area available)
Safety glasses protect your eyes from any type of flying object, sawdust or other particles from hitting you in the eye.
If you wear prescription glasses, consider buying safety glasses that won’t make your prescription glasses fog up.
Check the safety glasses you purchase meet your country’s standards for eye protection.
There are a wide range of hammers on the market all suited to doing a specific type of job.
The most common all purpose hammer on the market is called a claw hammer.
V shape at one end of the steel head is used for pulling out nails
The round flat base at the head of the hammer is used to drive in nails.
Purchase a claw hammer that feels comfortable in your hand.
Purchase a screwdriver set for your DIY tool kit that includes different sized Phillips heads, flat/slotted head.
A screwdriver is used for inserting and removing screws into timber, steel and other materials.
Although not originally designed for such a purpose a flat/slotted head screwdrivers are useful for removing paint tin lids.
When purchasing screws check the back of the pack to see that you have the correct size screwdriver at home.
Packets of screws usually state the type and size of screwdriver head required.
Multi Grips are a very versatile tool and a must have in your DIY tool kit.
They are adjustable and can handle a multitude of jobs around your home and come in different sizes – small, medium and large.
Multi-grips have many different uses such as gripping onto pipes, nuts, removing the spindle from a tap.
A cordless drill is ideal to start with if you are new to DIY projects around your home, as they are light easy to use.
There are of course other types of drills on the market from electric hand drills, hand turn drills, stand-a-lone bench drills and floor-stand drills.
This post will provide information on cordless drills and their advantages and disadvantages.
What is a drill
A drill is a multi-purpose tool used to perform different tasks
They can be used for drilling holes in a variety of different materials such as wood, metal, plastic, tiles to inserting screws.
With the right accessories attached a drill can also be used to sand, buff, stir paint and strip paint and rust.
Parts of a drill
Drills are made up of different components, the purpose of each is discussed below.
Is gripped whenever using the drill.
When the operator presses the start switch it activates the drill motor action.
When the start switch is released it stops the drill
Cordless drill motors range from 14.4 volts to 18-20 volts.
A drill with a variable speed means the speed of the drill can be adjusted according to the task.
If drilling a hole in timber or metal the drill needs to work at high speed.
When inserting a screw, a slow speed is required to avoid stripping the screw head.
Forward and Reverse Switch
Move the switch to the “forward” position the drill bit turns clockwise and bores a hole into the material.
Move the switch to the “reverse” position the drill bit turns anti-clockwise and lifts the drill bit out of the hole.
The chuck is at the front end of drill where a drill bit is inserted and when tightened holds the drill bit in place.
Cordless drills do not require a special key to tighten and loosen a drill bit so are called “chuckless”
A drill’s chuck opening will come in one of two sizes – 3/8” or 1/2”. This is the maximum size a drill bit shaft will take when the chuck is fully open.
A hammer switch is usually located at the top of the drill.
Move the switch to hammer to drill holes into masonry or concrete using a special masonry drill bit.
When the “hammer” switch is activated the drill works with a hammering/vibration motion.
When the “hammer” switch is turned off the drill functions as a normal drill.
Cordless drill come with a rechargeable battery and recharging station.
Remove by pressing the switch at the back of the battery and slide out.
Insert into charging station to re-charge.
Recharging can take 1 – 2 hours depending on the brand and quality of the battery
Drill bits come in different types and sizes. The purpose of this post is to provide a brief explanation of the most common types of drill bits. These are the most common ones you are likely to use around your home.
A good quality set of high speed and masonry bits will be an excellent starting point.
High Speed General Purpose Bits
High speed bits are an excellent all round type of bit to use use when drilling into wood, metal, plastics and plywood.