The 10 indispensable tools for DIYers (even those on Sunday)

Whether you’re a homeowner or a tenant, there’s plenty of opportunity to practice your DIY skills at home. If some seem to be born with a hammer in the hand, others dread having to make a simple hole in a wall. They also have the best of excuses: they do not have the right equipment. Because we think it’s our job to help the do-it-yourselfer on Sunday, here’s a list to make for the perfect toolkit, ready to help with any small job.


The drill

Even if your home does not require any modification on your arrival, you will never be able to escape drilling holes in your walls. This can be used to hang frames (even if other techniques exist), attach furniture to the wall or mount them. Before buying your drill, determine the nature of your walls: hard materials such as stone, brick or concrete require a percussion drill.Also note that the bits are not always supplied with the drill, so it will be an additional purchase.



The screwdriver

The screwdriver is one of the classic tools that serve every day. Without him, you can not even change the batteries of his alarm clock! With the screwdriver, we put a lock, we put a piece of furniture in kit or dismantle the speakers. A single screwdriver is not enough, better to equip with a game of different sizes and shapes (flat, cruciform, precision, etc.). The other solution is to equip with an electric screwdriver which requires less effort for the handyman.



The hammer

If I had a hammer … Yes, you need one! If its main function is to drive in the nails, it can also be useful for small services like unblocking a wedge or opening a paint bucket. The hammer said carpenter is the most common, preferably take a nail puller version so you can also use it to remove the nails.If you intend to do tiling, choose a mallet, which is better suited to the situation.



The key

Or rather the keys because there are many and it is obvious that only one can not answer all the crafts. There is first the adjustable wrench, the most versatile since its wheel allows the adjustment of the opening. Flat keys, of various sizes, are useful for loosening nuts and bolts. Finally Allen keys are necessary for many furniture kit. Even if you do not intend to do plumbing work, all these keys are essential in case of trouble with heating or water.



The cutter

In addition to scissors (also important), a cutter assists you in cutting tasks that require both precision and strength.It is used to cut threads, to cut vinyl floor or carpet or to open a package. Choose a model with a locking wheel for added security.



The pliers

In reality, there are two types of pliers to own. First the cutting pliers, which, as its name suggests, can tackle son or small nails. The universal clamp can duplicate the wrench, but it is more effective at holding small items. Still remains the wire stripper that is very useful for small electrical work.



The meter

It’s an ally (size!) for all your DIY work. Any good handyman knows that work starts with taking precise measurements. Do-it-yourself does not support a little bit. In these conditions, the meter is probably the number one tool to have in its tool kit. We can also mention the case of bubble level but the latter being available today in smartphones, it becomes less necessary to buy one.



The saw

Sunday’s do-it-yourselfers do not necessarily imagine how much a saw can help. It is nevertheless essential for any small work on materials such as wood. It is needed to cut baseboards, shorten a rod or adjust shelves for example.



The sander

The small sander is not superfluous in your tool kit. Its use remains paramount when it comes to renovating windows, doors or a worktop. As soon as you have wood in your interior, the sander takes all its interest. For plaster work on the walls, keep the manual sanding method. So you have to keep several sheets of sandpaper for this type of task.




All these tools have in common to be more or less dangerous if they are not handled properly.Whether you are manual or rather two left hands, it should be always equipped to prevent accidents in DIY. A maximum of security avoids the problems but also puts you in confidence to begin serenely to tinker. Gloves and goggles must be part of your toolkit, it’s not discussed!