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10 Essential Tools Every Kit Should Have

We all need tools for repair and maintenance work, but it can be hard to know where to start when assembling a toolbox from scratch. You won’t go wrong, however, if you invest in these 10 essential tools.

Tape measure: Remember, measure twice, cut once. You’ll need a measuring tape to calculate how much paint to buy, or to figure out what size sofa will fit in a snug corner of your room. You simply can’t do basic DIY without a measuring tape.

Tape measure

Screwdriver: This is a tool we often take for granted, but try putting up a shelf for the TV without one. Identify the right one for the job and your fixtures and fittings will stay securely in place until you decide to dismantle them.

Screwdriver

Hammer: This hand tool is used to drive nails, fit parts, forge metal, and break objects apart. A good hammer is a staple in every tradesman’s toolbox. Before you embark on any DIY projects, make sure it’s part of your kit too.

Hammer

Utility knife: This is great for slicing plastic, opening boxes and cutting rubber and paper. Stop messing about with sissors and get yourself one of these.

Utility knife

Sledgehammer: If the job requires more force than a hammer allows, a sledgehammer could be the answer. If you have demolition on your mind, this is the tool for you.

Sledgehammer

Handsaw: Use this to get rid of excess wood on new skirting board. It doesn’t have the same strength as a power saw but for quick tidy ups, the handsaw is a good choice.

Handsaw

Pliers: Use a pliers when you need an extra grip, on something round such as a pipe or when twisting or cutting wires.

Set of pliers

Work gloves: Life is too short to deal with blisters. Use these to protect your hands.

Work gloves

Universal wrench set: Tighten and loosen bolts easily with a decent wrench set.

Similar to screwdrivers, wrenches come in various sizes. It’s important to choose the right one for the job.

Wrench

Toolbox: Keeping your collection of nails, bolts, and screwdrivers organised is important so they’re on hand when you need them. Invest in a decent toolbox to store all your DIY essentials.