A tape measure

This might be something you think that you may not require, but a 7.5 metre (25 foot) tape measure will allow you to measure your windows for curtains or the wall space available for a flat screen television among other tasks.

A  claw hammer

There are many different types of hammer on the market but you can’t really go wrong with a medium weight claw hammer. Claw hammers come in a variety of sizes and weights but a 450g (or 16 oz) one will usually suffice for general household tasks. When choosing a claw hammer, you do need to pick it up and hold it to see how it fits in your hand and how easy it is to handle. Speaking of handles, these are made from different things, wood being the traditional one, however, modern handles are often made from fibreglass, steel or graphite.

Screwdrivers

Screwdrivers are possibly the most used item that you will have in your tool kit and there are 2 types of head – flathead and Phillips. It is important to have a variety of sizes so that you can do things like tighten the screws on a pair of spectacles, change the fuse in a plug or even use a big one to open a can of paint. One thing to mention here, if you are going to be working on electrics, make sure it is disconnected or that the power is shut down so that you do not electrocute yourself.

Spanners and wrenches

A set of spanners can be most useful. They should be well made from stainless steel and come in a variety of sizes. Adjustable wrenches can be extremely useful for loosening things so that you can undo them or tighten them up again, for instance if you are repairing a tap.

Pliers and wire cutters

2 or 3 different types and sizes of pliers are a good idea as they will do different jobs and you might find that a small pair will not be able to pull out a staple and that you need a more sturdy pair. Wire cutters that are a combination of cutters and wire strippers are a good compromise and will be sufficient for most household tasks.

Cordless drill

A good quality reliable cordless drill is essential for your toolbox. It has many uses from carpentry jobs to drilling into walls and lots more. There is a huge variety of types and brands of cordless drill but it is a good idea to choose one of 12 volts which will be powerful and robust enough to do most jobs around the house. Pick one that has variable speeds and is reversible and if you can, buy a spare battery pack so that you always have power.

 

Utility knife

Keep one of these in your tool box and some spare blades.

Protective eye goggles

Health and safety should NEVER be ignored because accidents happen so easily and in many cases are completely avoidable.

And finally, a sturdy tool box or chest to keep all your tools safe and in one place so that you can locate them when you need them.

 

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