DIY Tool Kit

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
  • Multi-Grips
  • 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
  • Clamps
  • Folding Work Bench  (if no suitable work area available)

 

Safety Glasses/Goggles

  • 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.

 

Hammer

hammer
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.

 

Screwdriver Set

screwdriver set

  • 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

multi grip pliers

  • 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.
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Tool Safety

tool safety first

Tool Safety Tip # 1

  • When working with both hand tools and power tools I take tool safety seriously.
  • Stay 100% focused on what you are doing as a lack of attention may cause an injury.

When I started at DIY I missed striking the nail with the hammer a few times and hit my thumb instead, I very quickly learnt to concentrate.

 

Tool Safety Tip #2

According to an online source 65% of eye injuries occur around the home?  This stat did surprise me indeed.

[Image source:  https://blog.safetyglassesusa.com/wear-safety-eyewear]

Suggest you:

  • Protect your eyes from dust, debris, splinters from wood, glass and other objects by wearing safety glasses.

  • When using the lawnmower or whipper snipper or brush cutter consider wearing eye protection.
  • Accidents can happen unexpectedly and quickly, so always protect your eyes when working with any type of tool.

Tool Safety # 3

Items like jewellery, rings, long hair, sandals and loose clothing can easily get caught up in power tools.

remove jewellery, rings,

  • Remove jewellery and rings.
  • Tie long hair tie it well back behind your head, out of the way of fast moving power tools.
  • Ensure your clothes fit snug against your body to avoid any part getting caught in fast turning tools.
  • Wear closed in foot wear – boots or joggers with rubber soles.

 

Tool Safety # 4

When using any type of power tool, wear ear muffs or ear plugs to protect your hearing.  Both are effective in reducing the noise.

ear muffs or ear plugs

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