RIGHT TOOLS MAKE IT EASY HOW TO SET UP A KIT TO LAST
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.