Recent research showed us that most homes in the UK have a tool box of some description in their home. It might have a few simple screwdrivers and some masking tape or it might be bulging with electrical items, but having a toolbox is pretty much essential.
Most people have built up their toolbox over time, having inherited items or bought them as they required them. You may have tools in your box which you have no idea how to use or ones which you only ever used once. How do you know what is worthwhile keeping and which things you should give away or hide in the loft.
If you are new to the joys of the toolbox, you may wonder what are the essential items to make sure you have. These days it isn't enough to have just a paint brush or two; you need to be prepared for emergencies as well for those DIY jobs which most of us are capable of.
While this list of toolbox essentials is not definitive, it is a great starter and includes some more obscure items which are handier than you might think.
- Basic tools – Hammer, flathead and Philips head screwdrivers in various sizes, retractable tape measure, adjustable wrench, socket set for bolts, various pliers, handsaw, level (short and long), utility knife, allen keys, planer, chisels.
- Electric tools – A drill, a jigsaw, torch plus extra batteries, a simple stud finder and electrical wiring finder.
- Hardware – Various sizes and types of screws and nails. Wall plugs suitable for both plasterboard and concrete.
- Extras – WD40 for stopping squeaks, electrical tape, masking tape, compression tape for stopping pipe leaks, plastic gloves, eye protection, ear plugs, glue for repairs, pencils, calculator, plastic bags and plastic wraps for covering half used product, sandpaper in various grades, a basic first aid kit and cable ties.
To set up your first toolbox you should expect to spend around £200. Some retail stores do sell toolboxes which are already put together, but may not include all of the items you realistically need.
Use a large metal box to keep your tools in and always keep them in a handy place.
While this list does not include many electrical items, it is worth noting that many jobs will be made easier by using a more professional piece of equipment. If this is the case for you then you may want to hire the item the first time around to see if it is something you want to spend the money on.
Being able to immediately get to work on a DIY job when the moment takes you could mean the difference between it getting done right away or maybe never being completed at all. Having the right tools on hand may just stop you from putting off all those little DIY jobs around the house.