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.



  • 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.




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.
Read More

Tool Safety

tool safety first


When working with both hand tools and power tools I take tool safety seriously.

Why?  In the early days when I missed striking the nail with the hammer a few times and hit my thumb instead, or the hand saw blade slipped and nicked my hand, I very quickly learnt to concentrate.

When working with both hand and power tools always stay 100% focused on what you are doing as a lack of attention may cause a serious injury.

Tool Safety Tip #1

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

[Image source:]

Wear safety glasses or goggles when using both hand tools and power tools to protect your eyes from dust, debris, splinters from wood, glass and other objects.

Safety glasses should be worn even when using the lawnmower or whipper snipper/brush cutter outside the house.

Accidents can happen unexpectedly and quickly, so always protect your eyes when working with any type of tool

Tool Safety # 2

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

remove jewellery, rings,To reduce the risk:

  • Remove jewellery and rings.
  • Ensure your clothes fit snug against your body to avoid any part getting caught in fast turning tools.
  • Wear closed in foot wear – boots, joggers with rubber soles. Footwear like loose sandals (flipflops, jandals, thongs, etc) can be a trip hazard or if a sharp object falls to the ground and hits your foot it may cause an injury.

tool safety first

  • Tie long hair tie it well back behind your head, out of the way of fast moving power tools. A hair net serves this purpose very well.

Tool Safety # 3

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

ear muffs or ear plugs

Tool Safety # 4

Protect your lungs and skin:

  • When sanding (hand or electric) use a dust mask to reduce the risk of breathing in dust particles.
  • When using toxic substances such as a paint stripper protect yourself from inhaling fumes by wearing a dust mask and the appropriate gloves to protect your skin.
  • Always use the most appropriate dust mask for the task at hand.

dust mask

Tool Safety # 5

Avoid the risk of electrocution when drilling holes in walls:

  • Use a scanning or sensor device to check for electrical wiring in walls and ceilings.
  • Scanners can also detect timber studs in walls.Scanners are also useful for finding water pipes within walls.

Tool Safety # 6

When replacing saw blades, router bits or drill bits always turn off the power to the tool being used.  As an added precaution remove the power tool’s plug from the wall.

remove power point

The reason for this is to reduce the risk of accidentally knocking the starter switch which in turn activates the blade or bit.  If the tool accidentally turns on, it may cause injury.

Tool Safety # 7

Check your home and work area is fitted with a safety switch or earth leakage breaker at the main meter box to the property.

safety switch, earth leakage breaker

The reason for this is that if a power tool (or electrical appliance) develops a short in its electrical wiring the safety switch is triggered at the main meter box which turns off  the power to the house immediately.     A safety switch therefore reduces the risk of anyone in the home receiving an electrical shock.

I have had both an electric drill and kettle develop electrical shorts, so having a safety switch is essential in every home.

If you are not sure whether your home is fitted with a safety switch, ask your local licensed electrician to check and install one.

Tool Safety # 8

Use one extension lead instead of multiple leads connected to multiple tools.

The reason for this is the more electrical cords lying on the floor the easier it is to trip over one of them.

If using just one extension lead, then you know which power tool is being used at any given time.  In an emergency it is much quicker to turn off one power point instead of multiple.

use one extension lead