DIY Tool Kit
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
- Safety Glasses/Goggles
- Hammer – claw hammer
- Screwdriver Set
- Pliers – Combination/Vise-Grip
- Measuring Tape
- Tool Box
- Cordless Drill
- Carpenter’s Level
- Carpenter’s Square
- Sharp Pencil and Sharpener
- Hand Saw – general purpose/crosscut
- Utility Knife
- 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.
HammerThere 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.
- There are many different types of pliers on the market each designed to do a specific type of job.
- Combination/Vise pliers are used for gripping items, twisting, cutting wire and holding objects in place.
- Over the years I have built up a number of different sizes and types of pliers that are in one of my tool boxes.
- A retractable measuring tape is a very useful for any type of measuring.
- It can be used for working measuring a length of wood, finding the centre point of a wall when you wish to hang a picture.
- Purchase a 5-8 metre/16-26 ft retractable tape.
- A small tool box like the one above is a great starter for your DIY tool kit as it keeps all your tools in one place.
- There are a wide range of different styles, sizes and types of tool boxes available depending upon your budget.
- A small plastic or metal tool box will comfortably store most of the above items in your tool box and keep them all in one place.
- Tools tend to get lost if left lying around.
- Start with a cordless drill in your DIY tool kit as they are lighter to hold than an electric drill.
- An 18-volt cordless drill is a very useful tool to have for drilling into materials such as wood and plastics
- The battery recharges within a few hours.
- Purchase a cordless drill that includes a selection of different size drill bits and screwdriver bits included.
- Purchase a 600mm (24in) level which is a good size general-purpose level to have around the home.
- For example it is very useful when hanging picture frames or photos to ensure the item hangs level horizontally and vertically.
- When cutting timber a carpenter’s square is used to ensure you cut along a straight line.
- When purchasing a square check it for accuracy. Ask the hardware store for a piece of scrap timber.
- Take the square you wish to buy and a sharp pencil.
- Place the square on one side of the timber, draw a pencil line across the width of the timber.
- Flip the square over and check that it is square along the first pencil line.
Sharp Pencil and Pencil Sharpener
- Ensure you use a sharp pencil with a point to ensure a fine line is drawn along the material being marked.
- A hand saw is essential in your DIY tool kit if you are cutting timber.
- Purchase a combination saw that cuts both across the grain and along the length of the grain.
- Saws are measured by the number of “teeth per inch” (tpi). The more teeth per inch the finer the cut.
- A saw with 24 tpi (teeth per inch) will finish with a finer cut to the edge of the timber.
- A saw with 8-10 tpi will cut faster but leave a rough finish to the edge.
- A Utility Knife is a very useful addition to have in your DIY tool kit.
- It has a sharp, retractable blade that is easily replaced.
- A utility knife can be used for cutting plasterboard, cardboard, cutting out grout around tiles, cutting rope.
Ear Muffs or Ear Plugs
- When you start using power tools of any kind add ear muffs or ear plugs to your tool kit.
- It is important to get into the habit of wearing hearing protection every time you use a power tool.
- Purchase either ear muffs or ear plugs that feel comfortable when you try them on.
- There are a wide range of clamps on the market such as screw clamps, mitre clamps, G clamps, power clamps and more.
- For your DIY tool kit start with two clamps about 300 mm (12 inches) long.
- The clamps will hold work pieces in place and stop the work piece from moving.
Folding Work Bench
- If you don’t have room or access to fixed bench a folding work bench is very useful to have.
- It can be folded and put away, or taken away from your home.
- When I am cutting timber or other material I secure the material by clamping it to the work bench.
- Once the material is clamped I can then undertake cutting, drilling, sanding or any other task without the material moving.