Whether you own a home or rent an apartment, you’re sure to be faced with small repairs or other projects from time to time. However, in order to do these things, you’re going to need some basic tools. Here are six things that every home DIY-er needs to succeed.
With all of the things it can do, a cordless drill is undoubtedly one of a DIY-er’s best friends. Bits can be used to drill holes in plaster, wood, plastic and even stone and metal in varying depths and widths. This also makes your drill an invaluable tool when you want to pre-drill holes for screws, hang pictures and repair or disassemble furniture.
For smaller, everyday applications, a basic screwdriver set is a must. These are especially helpful in spaces that are too cramped to use a cordless drill in. They’re irreplaceable for working on small electronics. They’re also handy for minor fix-it jobs like re-fastening your oven door’s handle or replacing hinges on your cabinets.
No DIY-er should be caught without a good pair of needle-nose pliers. From managing picture wire to bending things back into shape, there’s no limit to the things you can do with them. They’re also great for handling small electronic components like LED bulbs and watch batteries, particularly when you need to fit them into a tight space with precision.
Wrenches are another tool that should be in your arsenal, whether it’s a full set or a single adjustable one. They’re useful for almost any kind of work such as maintaining your bicycle, working on your car or assembling furniture and fitness equipment. Wrenches are also frequently used to make adjustments or calibrations on all kinds of things.
Although PFA tubing sounds more suited to industrial applications, even a homeowner can benefit from having some around. One great thing about this special tubing it that it’s extremely heat-resistant, able to tolerate temperatures ranging between -320 degrees and 500 degrees. Furthermore, it’s chemically non-reactive and non-porous.
As with many things, the most basic tool of all is also among the most important. There are few DIY home projects that you won’t need a hammer for at some point, especially if it involves carpentry.
Not being born with an inherent aptitude toward all things handy doesn’t mean you can’t do it. However, not having the proper tools does. You’re only as handy as the tools you have, so be sure you possess these basics before getting started.