If you’re just moving into your new place and haven’t yet accumulated decades worth of tools, then you may be wondering the best way to build up your toolbox from scratch. It’s important to have a few standard tools to hand to tackle common DIY tasks such as putting up picture frames, fixing leaky toilets, and rewiring a plug, but what’s really considered to be a toolbox essential?
If you’ve got kids, you’ll already know that there’s no point unwrapping any presents on birthdays until you’re armed with 3 things: scissors, batteries, and a screwdriver! Screwdrivers really are universal tools, covering everything from opening battery compartments on children’s toys to prising the lids of tins of paint. It’s worth having a few different sizes of screwdriver in your tool box, and a good mix of flathead and Phillips head tools with magnetic tips for ease.
If you’re looking for a good set of pliers for your toolbox, you may feel a bit overwhelmed by the amount of different types out there – don’t panic! Cutting pliers are a good all-rounder if you plan on mostly doing general DIY in the home as they cut through anything from wire to screws that are awkwardly sticking out. If you do a lot of plumbing, a pair of pump pliers wouldn’t hurt, and if you’re a keen electrician then some long nose pliers wouldn’t go amiss, too.
The secret to successful DIY? Measure twice, cut once! Accuracy tools such as a tape measure, spirit level, and torch are some of the most important parts of the toolbox. The good news is that these tools aren’t expensive, and they’re really versatile. In fact, you should always keep a tape measure in your pocket when you’re shopping for home furniture and appliances – there’s nothing worse than finding your new state-of-the-art fridge freezer won’t fit through the door!
Looking to save space in your toolbox? Opt for tools that have multiple uses. One of the most beneficial space-saving tools is, of course, the claw hammer – one side hammers nails into the wall while the other side rips them out when they’re no longer needed. Power multi tools such as all-in-one electric sanders, cutters, and filers can also help you to keep your toolbox tidy, organised, and accessible while still ensuring you have everything you need for the job at hand.
Over time, you’ll find yourself needing a much bigger shed as you pick up different tools for different jobs along the way. Small items such as utility knives, hacksaws, and electric drills will all eventually become an important part of your collection as they can be used for a variety of DIY projects, but remember that it’s not always worth paying out for larger tools that you only need to use once. Tools such as floor sanders, concrete mixers, and puddle pumps can all be rented from tool rental shops and even some DIY stores, making getting the job done a piece of cake!