A good toolkit is one of the things we’re all going to need in our lives at one point or another. Because without the right tools, the job is always going to be harder, regardless of what it is. Whether you’re a professional handyman or are simply looking to create a basic toolkit for DIY jobs around the house, we’ve listed some of the most important tools to keep handy below.
Adjustable wrench – An adjustable wrench is designed to provide extra torque when tightening or loosening fixings and can be adjusted to whatever size you need. As the name implies, this is a uniquely flexible tool that no toolkit should be without.
Screwdrivers – These are used to remove and tighten screws. If you’ve ever put together a piece of IKEA furniture or had to expose a battery panel on an old piece of electronic equipment, then you know just how invaluable they can be. There are various heads to consider, and we’d recommend a flared tip, flathead and Phillips head for starters.
You can also buy screwdrivers with heads that can be swapped out. Note that if you’re doing any electric work then an insulated screwdriver is necessary if you want to remain safe.
Impact driver – Necessary for driving longer screws or carriage bolts into tougher materials like wood or concrete, impact drivers (or impact wrenches) are hydraulic motorised tools that get the job done when a simple twist and pull won’t suffice. Sometimes, you just need more power.
Tape measure – Not exactly the most exciting addition to the toolbox but an incredibly important one nonetheless. The tape measure is a basic toolkit essential that will ensure you always know how much space you have to work with, whether that’s in metric or imperial measurements. In the same breath, you might also want to consider a spirit level if you’re going to be mounting anything on the wall.
Saws – A trusty handsaw is always a good idea and is often perfectly adequate unless you’re going to be doing some real heavy-duty work.
Pliers – Pliers can be used in just about any situation where something needs to be cut, pulled out or twisted. They come in various sizes including needle nose pliers, grooved pliers and wire cutting pliers, each of which you’ll probably need to utilise at some point in your DIY future.
Hammers – A good solid medium weight hammer will suffice in most situations, where you’re driving nails into walls to hang pictures or knocking together ready-to-assemble furniture. There are smaller sizes available for more delicate projects and larger sizes for more demanding DIY projects but if you only get one hammer, make sure it’s a decent traditional one.
Torch – A rechargeable torch is always a good idea in case the power goes out or you need to look into some darker spots. You might always have your phone with you, but what if your phone ran out of charge?
Glue Gun – We’re not talking about the kind of glue gun your kid uses for arts and crafts. Industrial-grade hot glue has a higher melting point that gives it superior bonding properties on anything from wood, metal, glass, and more. (Imagine the aesthetic of a DIY wooden cabinet surface without nail heads!) Once you try it, you’ll need more. Plenty of sites offer bulk hot melt.
Besides the above-mentioned tools, you may still need others. Check this website for more toolkits.