WHAT YOU ABSOLUTELY NEED TO FILL YOUR TOOLBELT
If you’re new to DIY you may feel a little lost. That empty tool belt or toolbox might feel a little troubling. Don’t worry. Everybody starts like that. For most people who do DIY, it never started as an instinctive thing. It started out of a practical requirement. Like everybody else, you can learn about the tools you need. Let’s start doing that right here.
Big and bold. Your hammer is going to be your best friend in time. Whether you need to knock something in or pull something out, you can always rely on your hammer. Still, what kind of hammer should you get?
Realistically most hammers are the same. So long as they have a decent grip and a claw that’s really about as modern as hammers get. Hammers are ancient tools. A link back to our ancestors. In a way, we honour them with DIY. Sometimes the old ways are still best.
For more technical jobs than brute forcing something in or out of something else. The main trouble with screwdrivers is that screws are rarely all the same size. Various sized screws can exist within a single object. You’d know that if you ever tried to take a remote control car apart as a child.
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A screwdriver set isn’t essential, but good to have on hand for the trickier screws. Generally, though, around the house you’ll only need the one. The classic image in your mind when you think screwdriver. Still, try and get one with a magnetized end. It’ll stop the screws from falling out and rolling away when unscrewing them.
For when you have to put holes in something. This tool should be used with absolute precision and clarity of mind. Once you put a hole in something you rarely can fill it back in. Your drill should be treated like a pistol in a Western, a powerful tool that needs to be kept in its holster until just the right time.
A drill such as a Hitachi DV18DSDL should be good enough for almost any household jobs. Whether it be putting wiring through a wall or creating a hole to fit a screw.
A Measuring Tape
DIY is all about precision. If you mess up the precious all you’ve done for yourself is proven you should have called a professional. When you need to know the length of some skirting board or the amount of space you have to fit a shelf on a wall, the measuring tape will be your best friend.
Likewise, if you’re looking to fit carpet or have it fitted by someone else, you need to know the measurements of the room. If you mess that up you’re not going to have enough material to cover the floor.
Precision is key. You don’t want a carpet too large and bulging at the corners. You don’t want one too small either, and now completely touching the walls.
Hopefully after this little lesson your tool belt is feeling a little heavier now.
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