Have you ever spent some time watching home improvement and design shows on TV and pictured yourself up there with the designers and home repair professionals who have become reality TV stars? Before you jump into redesigning your home, or even tackling that DIY project you’ve had sitting on the back burner, make sure you have the right tools. Here are some essentials that every would-be DIYer needs to have on hand.
To start building a DIY toolbox, you will need some basics. A hammer is one of these. Not only will you use the hammer to pound nails into place, but you can also use it to remove nails, open and close paint lids and pound other items into place. Screwdrivers are another essential. Make sure your toolbox has both a Phillip’s head and a straight head screwdriver, so you are always prepared. The final basic tool you will want is a quality pair of pliers. Purchase both a needle-nose and a traditional model to ensure you can get a grip on anything you need to, no matter how small.
Tools with Power
Power tools are a must-have in the DIY arsenal. Wielding a cordless drill, you can handle just about any project, from piecing together your child’s latest toy to building a shelving unit. You should also invest in at least one powered saw, if not two, and a powered sander, especially if you will be doing any woodworking projects in your home.
Wrenches are another type of tool you must have. While ideally you should have a wrench that is sized specifically for the job at hand, this may not always happen. To save space, and maybe money, consider investing in a few quality adjustable wrenches. Having a large one and a small one will ensure that you have the perfect fit for any job, no matter how small the space or how tiny the bolt. A set of Allen wrenches, also known as hex keys, can come in handy, especially when you are assembling furniture. Get a set to have on hand when you are dealing with socket heads of various shapes and sizes.
The DIY project always requires proper measurement. A tape measure is a fundamental addition to your toolbox, so make sure you have a quality one. You will also be hard pressed to hang a picture accurately without a level, so pick up one of these as well. Consider a laser model to give you a straight line every single time.
Staple Gun and Glue Gun
Finally, make sure that you have a way to stick your project together when you are done. A staple gun can be invaluable for the right type of project, and when you need adhesive, a glue gun provides a strong bond. Having both on hand will ensure that all your hard work stays put.
While you may not be the next Ty Pennington or future design and DIY star, you can be prepared for the projects around your house with the right tools. Buying these now, before they are needed, will help you save time and money in the future. And with these tools in your arsenal you can come to the rescue next time home repairs call for DIY handy work.
About The Author
Holly is an Indianapolis native with a passion for crafting and baking. In her spare time, she enjoys writing on behalf of Sears and other brands she loves.