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A guide to the ultimate handyman's toolbox

Created: 23/03/2016

When starting decorating, renovation or essential home projects, it’s important to have the right tools and safety equipment for the job. Some may have the odd screwdriver and measuring tape lying around in the drawers waiting to be used, but investing time and money in purchasing a full, versatile tool box that can help make your project a little easier is definitely worth-while in the long run. Here at Handywork Solutions, we have created the ultimate handyman’s toolbox guide, including what essential basic tools and safety equipment is needed when starting any DIY task.

Tools

A basic toolbox for every-day jobs that will also help you achieve success in decorating projects should include these essential tools:

Screwdriver set

A guide to the ultimate handyman's toolbox

Good DIY and hardware stores, or even some online retailers, will have the best manufactured screwdriver sets that both novice and professionals can get their hands on. From prying the lids off of paint tins to unscrewing the smallest of nails, screwdrivers are the most important DIY accessory for any starter. There are many different brands available, all offering varied weights, sizes and grips to make the process easier. It’s also worth shopping around and asking for a professional opinion.

 

Adjustable Wrench

A guide to the ultimate handyman's toolbox

Adjustable wrenches are a key tool to add to the box. Crescent shape wrenches make the job of tightening and loosening bolts and screws a lot easier than doing it with your bare hands. Make sure, like with all tools, that you spend a good amount of money on a trusted brand of adjustable wrench, as they are an indispensable piece of equipment.

 

Claw Hammer

A guide to the ultimate handyman's toolbox

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No toolbox, or household for that matter, would be complete without a claw hammer. An ultimate tool for any DIY project and odd-jobs around the house like hanging picture frames, or in the garden when building or fixing a shed, the claw hammer is a fundamental tool in the maintenance industry. One end is used to hammer nails in, and the other to pull nails out. Rubber, plastic or vinyl handles offer the best shock absorption and an all-round better grip.

 

Tape Measure

A guide to the ultimate handyman's toolbox

DIY jobs cannot be accomplished without the trusted help of the measuring tape. Whether you are measuring the length of a wall to fit skirting boards or measuring windows for curtains or blinds, these jobs cannot be done accurately without the necessary tools, the measuring tape being one of them. They come in varying width and lengths, depending on how small or big your DIY project is, but it is always useful to get an industrial sized tape measure as you never know when it could come in handy. However, a 16-foot long tape measure is a good size for any sort of job.

 

Pliers 

A guide to the ultimate handyman's toolbox

Also known as plier wrenches, lever-wrench pliers and vice grips, pliers are a very versatile tool. As they can lock in place, they can be used as clamps if you are struggling to multi-task, and can be used to cut wires and cables when dealing with the electrics. If you aren’t familiar with electrical appliances that need fixing in the home, it is very much recommended to call out for a handyman service, who can get your electrics up and running safely and efficiently in no time at all.

 

 Electric Drill

A guide to the ultimate handyman's toolbox

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Another tool that adds versatility to any toolbox, the electric drill makes jobs easier and safer if used properly. Cordless drills are a definite must and are convenient when working anywhere within the home. From drilling a hole into the wall to quickly and efficiently driving screws into pieces of wood and other materials, the electric drill if bought with other bits, can also sand and grind materials into perfect sizes and shapes.

 

Torch

A guide to the ultimate handyman's toolbox

Torches with an LED light can make a DIY job uncomplicated if you have trouble accessing small, cramped parts of the house such as plumbing under the sink. Head torches are also a great investment for those who need to have two hands on the job at all times and these are available from any good DIY and hardware shop.

 

Safety Equipment

No toolbox is complete without the necessary safety equipment. Although some small DIY jobs won’t need the protection of safety gear, it is always handy to have it close to hand especially when you least expect it. 

 

First Aid Kit

A guide to the ultimate handyman's toolbox

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Every home should have one, and the trusty first aid kit is the best accompaniment to any handyman’s toolbox. Plasters, dressings and eye-wash in case sand or dust particles get in the eye, first aid kits come in basic to industrial sizes, so purchase one which caters to your DIY needs.

 

DIY goggles  

A guide to the ultimate handyman's toolbox

To prevent wood shaving or dust particles entering the eye area, goggles are one of the essential safety equipment pieces, as even the smallest amount of dirt can affect the vision permanently.

 

Dust masks and filters

A guide to the ultimate handyman's toolbox

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These will protect you against low level fine dust and also oil/water based mists and are suitable for those looking to drill, cut and sand wood and other hardwearing materials. You can purchase disposable or long-lasting dust masks to suit your DIY needs.

 

Hardwearing clothing

A guide to the ultimate handyman's toolbox

Hardwearing clothing such as hats, gloves, boots and trousers are a great investment if you are working on a big project, or outdoors. They can provide the ultimate safety precaution, especially when using electric drills or saws, as well as comfort and peace of mind when in high risk situations.

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