Is it essential to keep a box of tools at home to do your own jobs? Let us know what’s in your toolkit and why they’re so important.
There are always little odd jobs that need to be taken care of in a home; hanging a picture, bleeding a radiator, or even just tightening a wobbly door knob. So it makes sense for everyone, regardless of if you’re a homeowner or renting, to have a tool kit that contains what they need to tackle their DIY issues.
Given the amount of tools that are out there, it can be a bit confusing for those who are trying to put together their basic list of items. Many DIY outlets may try to tempt you with discounted bargains, but for items that aren’t actually necessary for jobs around the home. For example, not everyone needs access to a press vice or bungee cords!
Most essential tools
The pandemic lockdowns saw many people try their hand at DIY, regardless of if they had previous experience or not. Some were as simple as painting a room while others tried their hand at creating coffee tables or outdoor bars. But for many, not knowing what tools are needed for the job can be the main sticking point.
We asked our Which? Trusted Traders which key tools they would have in their tool kit, the most common items were:
🛠️ Measuring tape
🛠️ Hammers and nails
🛠️ Screwdrivers (a variety of types if possible) and screws
🛠️ Spirit level
🛠️ Extension cable
Along with these, they also suggested safety goggles, Stanley knife, handsaws, masks, cutters, spanners, scissors, rawlplugs, small height steps and battery-powered tools. Hertfordshire Driveways Ltd suggested consulting YouTube as there can be “lots of tips available and you can find answers to most questions with an accurate search”.
Leave some work to the professionals
Many DIY jobs can be done by using essential tools (and common sense), but there are some jobs that are best left to the professionals. MTS Plumbing & Heating Services suggested leaving any gas work to a professional due to the health and safety requirements surrounding the work. Plumbing and electrical work were also put in that category for similar reasons by Aston Locks Ltd, Bamsey Plumbing and Heating, PJC Electrical Services, Three3one Ltd and DB Electrical
Roofing, hot water cylinder works, structural work and installations of large TVs or units onto false walls were also strongly encouraged as jobs that should involve professionals to ensure that they can carry out the job safely and efficiently.
Sometimes it’s also better to be safe than sorry – Strysen Heating summed this up nicely by saying:
“Homeowners should ask a professional to complete any job they are remotely unsure of how to complete competently and safely, or anything that they are unprepared for should it not go as planned”
What essential tools do you keep at home? Do you trust yourself to use them, or would you rather get a professional in to do a job?
Let us know in the comments.