Diy Tools

DIY tools are essential for any DIY enthusiast. Without DIY tools you aren't going to be able to do anything very much. So what kind of DIY tools do you need?

A DIY toolkit will contain any number of tools, depending on what kind of DIY jobs you enjoy or intend to tackle.

A general toolkit should always include such basic DIY Tools as:

• a claw hammer,
• a set of different sized screwdrivers with different heads (straight and crosshead),
• at least one saw,
• a spirit level,
• an electric drill with a range of different bits for wood and for masonry,
• pliers and possibly a wrench for plumbing jobs,
• a spade and probably also a shovel,
• a good quality retractable steel tape measure that isn't going to break,
• a hard bristled broom, and
• a ladder.

This list is in no particular order, but as soon as you start doing some DIY you're sure to find all of these items in your toolkit, simply because you're going to need them.

But different DIY jobs do require different, and sometimes more specialised tools. For example, if you're going to be doing some bricklaying you'll also need a bricklaying trowel and pegs and builder's line (or just use fishing line or string) for laying out, and a steel builder's square to keep your work straight and level. A bolster or broad chisel and a club hammer will enable you cut (or rather chop) bricks, whilst an angle grinder will do the same job and can be put to use in many other ways as well. One of the cheapest bricklaying tools is a gauge rod, easily made by marking the height of a brick plus mortar on a straight length of timber. You use this to check that your brick courses are all the same.

For plastering and for screeding concrete slabs, you'll need a plaster's trowel and wooden or plastic floats. A rubber mallet is another useful tool, especially if you're laying paving bricks or heavy clay tiles. Instead of knocking out-of-alignment bricks with a hammer that could break them, you use the mallet.

You don't need many tools for tiling, but you will need a notched tiling trowel to apply adhesive to walls and a grout spreader for the grout. You will inevitably also need some kind of tile cutters, and these range from simple hand cutters, with small breaker wings on each side, to pincers that you can use to nibble away small pieces of ceramic tile if you have to make an awkward shape (for around taps for instance). Otherwise you can get yourself a proper tile cutting machine.

Woodwork opens up a whole new world of tools, depending on the level you are aiming at. In addition to hammers, screwdrivers and a tape measure, that should already be in your basic toolkit, you will find that saws, chisels and files are also essential. When working with wood, you should also look to a good selection of power tools. In addition to the basic drill, already mentioned, various sanding machines and saws will help you get jobs done more efficiently and easily.

Painting probably calls for the smallest toolkit of all. You can sometimes get away with just a single paint brush! But usually a painter will have a range of brushes, as well as rollers and paint trays, and of course a stepladder.

If metalwork is what you aim to do, then you're going to have to explore the world of soldering and welding tools. You will also need some very specific safety clothing, including a welding helmet if you're planning to weld metal.

So first decide on your DIY interests. Get yourself a basic toolkit. Then you can gradually build up your stock of DIY tools.


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