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In recent years, DIY has become an increasingly popular pastime for households across the world; it represented a major part of the retail sector’s recovery from the coronavirus pandemic, as more and more homeowners look to fixing up their homes themselves.
But whether you’re a complete newbie to hammering a nail, or a relatively seasoned DIY fanatic, there are some crucial tools you should always have to hand.
A cordless drill is a formidable entry in the arsenal of any shed-, or indeed home-owner -perhaps even the single most important. Tooling specialists SGS Engineering listed it in a recent article as one of the most essential power tools for any home, and for good reason – the vast majority of small-scale “work” your home may need, whether quick-fix repairs, furniture construction, or other kinds of craft, can likely be done swiftly with the use of a cordless drill.
It is a brilliant time-saving tool with many practical utilities – a drill, a powered screwdriver, a boring tool, and more. Your shed toolkit is incomplete without one.
Your next sets of toolkit must-haves are screwdriver sets. Screws are ubiquitous in the home, and having the right drivers for them can save you a lot of time and money in the long run.
Kitchen cabinets, door hinges, thresholds, and many other household installations utilize screws; with screwdrivers, you can maintain most aspects of your home with ease – as well as gain access to and repair many household appliances. Make sure to have a set for each major head type: flat-head, plus-head, and posidrive.
A tape measure is invaluable for any household, not in the least for basic room-planning applications. You may be eyeing up a new piece of furniture, but unsure whether it will fit in its intended space. A tape measure is a compact and handy tool for measuring such spaces.
“For people dipping their toes a little further into home DIY, a tape measure is invaluable; whether measuring wood for shelving or framework, cutting coving or skirting boards to size, or measuring plasterboard, your tape measure will be your best friend for any minor renovation work,” comments Ruban Selvanayagam of auctioneer Property Solvers.
Buying a spirit level may not have been particularly high on your list when thinking about tools you might need in the future, but it is an underrated piece of equipment – particularly for the amateur DIY-er.
Putting up shelving is a common task for homeowners flirting with DIY, and a spirit level is necessary to ensure you’re installing them level. It also has utility in correcting posters and wall-hangings, as well as a number of little household tasks.
Lastly, the humble hammer has endless uses in the average household, let alone in DIY. Nails are used for a wide range of applications, the most common household use is the installation of wall hooks and frames for photos and other wall hangings.
The trusty claw hammer makes installing these a breeze, and can be used in a number of other ways around the house; the claw has specific utility in DIY but can be used as an impromptu pry-bar for any casual house tasks.