Home Improvement, Money Saving Tips


DIY projects you can take on yourself without the help of a hired contractor can be very enticing, but there is one thing to remember before picking up your arsenal. For one, it’s important to fork over the cash for quality. It’s easy to go to the local department store and just by a huge China-made toolset for less than the cost of a fancy meal, but you know it’s low-quality. Build your collection one at a time so it’s made up of quality tools that are durable and have a lifetime warranty.

The first essential tool for DIY projects is the classic 16-ounce claw hammer. It has enough heft to perform basic repair needs while remaining portable enough to carry around with ease. While hammers classically sport wooden handles, avoid this whenever possible as they will break with ease. It’s better to opt for one with a synthetic handle that will last longer.

Flathead screwdrivers come with a single blade to twist in a flathead screw. Though Phillips screws have generally come to replace these, it’s still worth having one of these in your arsenal. Similarly, since Phillips screws have, in fact, replaced most flatheads, you’ll want a good set of these screwdrivers in different sizes. For mechanical gears; straight bevel gears, spiral bevel gears, hypoid gears, and helical gears are just some of the basic types you can buy as starters. Other types of custom and bevel designs depend on the gear system your project requires. Check with gearbox suppliers and manufacturers like Davall Gears (davall.co.uk) for more precise sets and specifications.

Of all tools, a crescent wrench will likely see the most action since it’s practically a 50-in-one tool. This is a wrench whose width can be adjusted using a sliding jaw, allowing its user to use it on nuts and bolts of varying sizes.

Regardless of what kind of DIY you want to complete, precision is important, and having a good retractable metal measuring tape can help with that regard.

Vice grip pliers help for those who need an extra hand beyond the two you work with. These are pliers capable of locking in place, using a mechanism in which you can use one hand to release the lock. However, some models do require both hands in order to disengage the lock.

Though not a particularly exciting tool, another essential one to pick up is a utility knife. Every DIY project offers some kind of need to cut and scrape things, so there are hundreds of different ways in which you can enjoy using the super sharp blade of a utility knife.