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The Essential DIY Toolbox

In most things in life, being properly prepared and having the right equipment can help you excel, and that is certainly the case for DIY. Many people have been stumped by a routine DIY project, simply because they lacked the tools necessary to do the job, so to make sure you’re not caught out, here are some of the essential items for your toolbox.

Having the tools prepared at home allows you to tackle some vital home emergencies and can save you money by not having to contact a contractor. A good toolbox is made up of about a dozen different components; however, here are some items that you won’t get very far without.

A Hammer

Hammers are the fundamental piece of equipment that every home should have. They’re essential for smashing in nails and are also great at extracting them too. They have additional functions as well, like being a good tool to help break items up or smash through a plaster wall.

As hammers are going to be one of your most-used tools, it’s essential you get a sturdy one, good quality and fits well in your hand.

Hammers need nails to be useful, so it’s important to stock up on quality nails that are great for every DIY project.


It seems at this point that the world itself is held together by screws, meaning that a screwdriver is an extremely useful piece of kit for assembly and deconstruction. Screws have plenty of uses in the home, so having a screwdriver is a good thing as it allows you to remove parts and make repairs.

It’s recommended to get a set of screwdrivers, with varying sizes and heads, so that you’re able to work on pretty much any type of screw. The main ones are both the flat head screwdriver, and the Philips screwdriver, but there are many other types of screwdrivers, however, getting at least these two should sort you out for most jobs.

A Wrench

If things aren’t attached with nails or screws, then they’re most likely attached with nuts and bolts. Wrenches are used to either loosen or tighten these bolts, and the best option is to get an adjustable one so that you can tackle different sizes of bolts with the once piece of equipment.

It’s good practice to get two wrenches, a shorter one so that you can easily manoeuvre it in tight spaces, and a longer one for bigger, more bulky items that might need more torque.

Utility Knife

There are plenty of occasions where scissors aren’t the best devices for cutting, so for jobs such as cutting boxes or trimming wallpaper, a sharp blade is far better suited. A utility knife is the best kind as it’s super safe due to being stored within a handle. It’s also great for shaving wood and making notches on boards.

A Handsaw

Handsaws are a brilliantly versatile cutting device that uses its toothed blade to make quick and accurate incisions and cuts mainly into various types of wood. They’re a favourable item due to how light they are and how quickly you can get through thick materials.

When buying a saw, think about how many teeth there are per inch, as this can determine how well it’ll cut. A low amount is good for cutting wood with the grain, while more teeth are better suited for cuts against the grain. If you only want one saw, eight teeth per inch saws is a good compromise as they can manage both types of cutting.