Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - HOME - Janita Singh

WHETHER you are a rookie handy­man or a sea­soned do-ity­our­selfer, you will need a range of ba­sic tools to get house­hold jobs done.

Equip­ping your­self with a good tool­box or bag is a good start for any job, from hang­ing a pic­ture frame to as­sem­bling fur­ni­ture, Dar­ren Simp­son of Tro­jan tools says.

“Peo­ple feel inspired to tackle odd jobs in and around the house once the weather warms up,’’ Simp­son says.

“Sim­ple tools like spring clamps to help hold items in place, screw­drivers with in­ter­change­able bits for all types of screws, and util­ity knives that cut al­most any­thing are some of our pop­u­lar items,” he says.

He ad­vises that when start­ing a tool­box, don’t get ev­ery­thing at once as it could be ex­pen­sive.

And al­ways buy high-qual­ity tools where you can be­cause they will last longer.

Start a tool­kit with a few ba­sic items such as screw­drivers and a wrench, for ex­am­ple, plus any ad­di­tional tools you need for the pro­ject you will be do­ing. Then, with each new pro­ject, you can pick up more along the way.

If you’re go­ing to use a tool only once, such as a floor san­der, it is bet­ter to rent. If you’re likely to use a tool a lot, such as a ham­mer, you should buy one.

Fi­nally, pick a place for your tools, whether it’s a kitchen drawer, a car­ton in the hall­way or even a real tool­box, and al­ways re­turn your tools to their des­ig­nated home. It’s no fun walk­ing around the house won­der­ing where your wrench is when a pipe is leak­ing.

Tool time ... from a ba­sic ham­mer to a level and tape mea­sure, a welle­quipped tool­box is im­por­tant for com­plet­ing odd jobs around the home.

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