How to choose tools for your toolbox

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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.
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How to hammer a nail straight
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How to hammer a nail straight

If your nails keep bending when you are hammering, check the head of your hammer. It could be that the face has picked up some dirt. This causes the hammerhead to slip slightly when it hits the nail. To solve this, give the head a clean by rubbing it on some sandpaper or a bit of rough concrete.

Step by Step Instructions

1 Safety equipment for your tool box
2 Basic hand tools for your tool box
3 Power tools for your tool box
4 Spirit level and a tool bag
5 Other tools you might need
  • Step 1. Safety equipment for your tool box

    When you’re doing D.I.Y. jobs around the home, the most important thing is safety. So make sure your tool box has safety glasses and ear muffs. It’s also worth having a pair of leather gloves to protect your hands from blades and splinters.

  • Step 2. Basic hand tools for your tool box

    The hammer is a great general purpose tool - it’s good for nailing, knocking and pulling. Add in a wrecking bar, handsaw, measuring tape and pencil, and you’ve got most basic building jobs covered. For taking apart and putting back together, include a set of screwdrivers, pair of pliers, adjustable wrench, shifting spanner and pair of clamps. Finally, put in a caulking gun for basic gluing and applying silicone sealant.
  • Step 3. Power tools for your tool box

    The drill is one of the most useful power tools you can have. If you decide to get a battery-powered one, choose long-life lithium batteries. Some brands have interchangeable batteries that you can swap with other tools like an impact driver and circular saw. It’s also worth getting a few different driver bits for flat head, hex head and Phillips head screws.

  • Step 4. Spirit level and a tool bag

    A spirit level is very useful for a lot of building jobs. It is also great to have around for basic jobs like making sure your picture frames are straight and your fridge is sitting level. You should also get yourself a tool bag to store and carry everything around
  • Step 5. Other tools you might need

    Once you get beyond the basic jobs, there are a few other tools to consider. A hacksaw is great for cutting metal, plastic, screws and nails. Chisels, a nail punch and a combination mitre square are helpful for carpentry. A utility knife is always useful for trimming jobs and a file is great for taking rough edges off metal. Finally, if you are working with nuts and bolts, get some open ended spanners or a socket set.

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