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.
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.