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The Basic DIY Toolkit

by emily

in Design & Trends, DIY, Interior Design, Restoration, Variety

Moving into a home that you’ve signed on the dotted line for is exciting. Finally you can do whatever your heart desires with walls and furnishings. No more landlords to prescribe to you!

The downside is that you are now responsible for all the not-so-nice jobs, like fixing leaking pipes, replacing washers and repairing broken tiles. You could leave it all to a handyman, but if you’d like to save yourself some pennies, it’s better to take care of DIY tasks yourself.

The Basic DIY toolkit


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To do the necessary DIY, you’ll need the proper tools of course. Getting all the bits and pieces at once could end up being costly, so it’s better to start with a few basic tools. You can add to your collection as you start doing more and bigger projects around the home.

These tools are a good starting point for anyone who’s planning on doing DIY, whether it’s fixing that leaking tap or putting up a painting:

Screwdriver set

There is no doubt about the fact that a screwdriver will be needed for the majority of DIY tasks. The two basic types are slot head screwdrivers and Phillips-head screwdrivers. Choose those with comfortable grips to make screwing or unscrewing easier.

Claw hammer

A claw hammer is great for driving in nails, as well as removing old or damaged nails out of wood or other surfaces. Use the flat surface of the hammer for the former and the claw for the latter.

Adjustable wrench

The adjustable wrench can fit around nuts and bolts of various sizes, making it the perfect tool for just about any job. Simply adjust the jaw size and lock it in place.

Tape measure

When you start with bigger projects, like putting in floors or putting up shelves, a tape measure will come in very handy. Be sure to buy the retractable, lockable type, as they are easiest to use and ideal for DIY. Whatever you do, always remember – measure twice, cut once. It’s an old saying that’s been around for ages for a reason.


A level’s job is as its name suggests – to check that a shelf or painting is level. That is, horizontally perfect. Those who love their tech and have an iPhone, can download the iHandy app for free to their phone. It works just as well as its counterparts from the hardware store.

Utility knife

A utility knife is great for cutting, slicing, trimming, scoring and a multitude of other things. You can buy what is known as a ‘box cutter’ or a ‘click’ knife. With the latter, you break off the tip when it becomes dull and push up the next blade to work with. If you want something more robust, get a folding-style utility knife.

Electric drill

This is the only piece of equipment that might set you back a bit, but it’s an essential part of any DIY enthusiast’s arsenal. You could rent a drill to start with, but it’ll be worth your while to eventually buy one, even if you use it only a few times a year. Don’t forget to buy the drill bits too.


A hacksaw is a simple, but indispensable tool. It cuts through plastic, like pipes, as well as all types of wood or board, like melamine board. With enough pressure and effort, it could even cut through metal. Look for a hacksaw that includes a cover for the blade, a necessary safety measure.

A collection of hardware and tape

Small bits and pieces to stock up on are a variety of screws, nails and hooks, as well as tape for all types of purposes. These are the things you’ll never have enough of.

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