VITAL GEAR FOR VARIETY OF JOBS
WHAT tools will you need? Your skills and the kinds of jobs you do must be your guide, but a good basic selection would include some of the following:
Tape measure: you might have heard the saying “measure twice, cut once”. Well, you need a tape measure for that and to do other things such as measuring windows.
Hacksaw: cuts through wood and even metal. Look for the kind where you can easily replace the blades.
Screwdriver set: from prying the lids off paint cans to opening childproof battery compartments, this set is a must-have. For a more sophisticated set, get precision screwdrivers (a single screwdriver that allows you to access a number of interchangeable bits, depending on the project).
Level: no more crookedly-hung photos. A level ensures you hang or install anything perfectly, including your flat-screen television and shelves.
Utility knife: ideal for precision cutting from the most flexible to resistant materials.
Wallboard saw: if you need to cut small holes in your plaster walls, this is the perfect tool. It has serrated edges and a sharp tip that pierces through the gyprock.
Spring clamp: acts as a third hand to hold items in place.
Staple gun: perfect for stapling upholstery and any craft projects.
Hand riveter: designed to join two pieces of metal together through a predrilled hole; great for repairs.
Others: safety goggles, work gloves, rags, pencil, superglue and WD-40.