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Closeup of dry rot damage to a length of timber

Overview

There are some tools everyone needs for home handy work. We’ll show you the basic safety equipment, hand and power tools you need for all kinds of jobs around the house. Plus, we’ll get a few suggestions for more advanced tools for your kit.

Steps

1Check exterior for problems

If you own a timber home, it's important to frequently check the exterior for problems. Different types of fungus as well as animal infestations can get into your timber. These can be a big problem, especially if it is in structural areas of your home.
Closeup of dry rot damage to a length of timber

2Call in experts to treat your wood

If you have identified any problem areas in your timber from dry rot or animal infestations, it's time to call in an inspector. They will be able to treat your issues before they get any larger. Just remember, the longer you leave a problem you find the worse it could get, and could prove costly to fix.
Close up shot of a varnished wooden panel damaged by dry rot

More D.I.Y. Advice

Health & Safety

Asbestos, lead-based paints and copper chromium arsenic (CCA) treated timber are health hazards you need to look out for when renovating older homes. These substances can easily be disturbed when renovating and exposure to them can cause a range of life-threatening diseases and conditions including cancer. For information on the dangers of asbestos, lead-based paint and CCA treated timber and tips for dealing with these materials contact your local council's Environmental Health Officer or visit our Health & Safety page.

When following our advice in our D.I.Y. videos, make sure you use all equipment, including PPE, safely by following the manufacturer’s instructions. Check that the equipment is suitable for the task and that PPE fits properly. If you are unsure, hire an expert to do the job or talk to a Bunnings Team Member.