Whether you’re a seasoned handyman or a DIY novice, having the right tools can be important. Here are just a few tools every DIYer should own.
When it comes to power drills, you’re best buying a combination drill (combi drill). Unlike regular drills that are best suited to woodwork, combi drills combine hammer action to help drill through all surfaces from brick to tile. This makes them incredibly versatile tools, suited to all kinds of jobs. Of course, having the right drill bits is also essential – tungsten carbide tend to be the best, so look out for brands that offer these. You can buy combi drill sets that include a drill and an array of drill bits.
Cutting with a hand saw can be hard work. An electric circular saw can dramatically speed up cutting tasks. Handheld cordless circular saws are best for home use as opposed to fixed circular saws. The most advanced circular saws may have features such as laser guides, adjustable depth cutting and dust extraction to help make your work cleaner and more accurate. Safety is also important – the ideal saw shouldn’t vibrate too much and should have guards to prevent injury.
Swapping out a sanding block for an electric sander could also help to make life easier. Cordless handheld sanders can be a lot more convenient for home use than fixed sanding belts. There are many different dancing mechanisms to choose from including belt sanders and orbital sanders. Features such as dust extraction and low vibrations are worth looking out for health and safety purposes, while durability is also important for helping you to get a good amount of use out of your sander.
When putting up shelves and cabinets, ensuring that they are level is important. A spirit level can be the perfect tool for helping you to do this – these tools contain glass tubes with an air bubble in that tell you when something is perfectly horizontal. Electric spirit levels also exist and there are even spirit level apps that can help you do this job.
When drilling or nailing through drywall, it can be vital to know what’s on the other side. A stud finder can help to identify metal studs – this can be important for anchoring objects on the walls such as shelves or mounted TVs. Many modern stud finders are also able to detect electrical wiring and pipes too so that you can avoid these if necessary.
Glue guns are great for all kinds of small fixes. You can use them to seal up a rip in a curtain or even temporarily piece together broken ornaments and wooden furniture. Cordless glue guns are the best options for full maneuverability. There are hot melt glue guns and cool melt glue guns – the former can be better-suited for those wanting strength and durability, while the latter is the safer option.
When it comes to fixing fabrics or even making your own clothes and upholstery, a sewing machine is a worthy investment. You’re best starting off with a beginner sewing machine if you’ve never used one before – such machines are likely to be easier to use even if they don’t have as many functions as more advanced machines (you’ll likely not need these extra features if it’s just for general use). You’ll usually still be able to choose between a couple stitch types on a basic machine and there may even be a speed limiter. Read reviews to find the best sewing machine for your needs.
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