If you are beginning to like Do-It-Yourself projects, then it is a must that you have these eight basic tools at hand. With these tools, you will be ready to start any new project at any time.
Basic Tool #1: SCREWDRIVER
This will help tighten or loosen any screws. You will need these three, to begin with:
- Philips (cross-slot) Screwdriver. Most toys and appliances are being held by cross-slot screws so having a Philips screwdriver would be very handy.
- Medium Size Screwdriver. This should be about eight inches with a flat blade.
- Smaller Flat-Blade Screwdriver. The blade of this screwdriver is narrower (1/8 of an inch) than the one in number two. This is also shorter in length from four inches to six inches.
Basic Tool #2: PLIERS
A slip-joint pliers can handle most projects because it can be adjusted from a small diameter to one that is large. However, it is a good idea to have a second set of pliers. You might also want to purchase a channel-type or offset type of pliers for this basic DIY toolkit. The two mentioned have adjustable jaws which can handle even larger diameters, which can be very helpful when repairing your plumbing. These pliers also have longer grips which allow greater power or leverage when grasping pipes or packing nuts.
Basic Tool #3: HAMMER
A carpenter’s claw hammer, small to medium in size, can be very handy when it comes to carpentry. It not only pulls nails out of a wood but it can also be used for pounding or hammering jobs. Choose one that is not too heavy to handle. A 10-ounce claw hammer should be good for a basic DIY tool. When buying one in the store, make sure to choose one that has a non-slip head so it won’t slide off when you are not able to pound dead center. The insides of the claw should also be a little bit sharp so it can grab the nail’s head easily.
Basic Tool #4: WRENCHES
Having an adjustable open-end wrench and a pipe wrench should be very handy in your home. The adjustable open-end wrench, which is also known as Crescent wrench, is about eight inches long. This type of wrench is good for gripping bolts, nuts, and other similar objects with flat sides or surfaces. On the other hand, the pipe wrench is good for gripping round objects because of its serrated jaws. This is about eight to 10 inches long.
Basic Tool #5: SAWS
For your basic DIY toolkit, you can start with one set of an all-purpose saw. Most of the more advanced DIY-er kits have more than one type of saw, but you can start with one. This type of saw allows you to change the blades for cutting metals, wood, and creating holes.
Basic Tool #6: FILES AND RASPS
These tools are not something that you may use on a daily basis or on a regular basis, but having them around would be very handy especially when a project calls for it. These tools can’t be replaced by other tools. Thus it is recommended that you have these two around. Files are used for polishing or smoothing surfaces of plastics or metals. This can also be used to remove burrs from surfaces or sharpening different tools like lawn mowers, scrapers, scissors, etc. A wood rasp is used to smooth edges of doors, drawers, and other similar surfaces. When buying a wood rasp, choose one with flat and curved sides.
Basic Tool #7: WOOD PLANERS
This tool is used for shaping, forming, and smoothing any wood. You can have a small wood planer which can be held in one hand. This is very handy when trimming doors or window sash and other light duty smoothing and trimming. You may also buy a planer that is normally used with both hands to handle larger woods and not-so-light projects, like smoothing a bench plane.
Basic Tool #8: DRILL
You can opt to buy an electric drill which can do most jobs that a hand drill could do. In addition, electric drills are priced in mid-range, which can be very good for your pockets. This type of drill can also be equipped with buffing and sanding pads, and larger diameter hole saws. This makes this kind of drill very versatile.
The tools listed above are the most basic ones that you can purchase to start filling up your DIY toolkit. You will find other tools in a tool shop when shopping, but you can start with the easy ones. Power tools can be purchased in the future for other big DIY projects that you may have.