Guide To DIY Tools

By Ryan Hirst, Originally Published in Buildipedia

An array of toolsfor basic DIY projects.

Basic DIY Tools

Some DIY tasks won’t require many tools at all. However, the bare minimum for most basic DIY jobs is a decent set of screwdrivers and hammers. Keep these three screwdriver types in your toolbox:
  • 100mm NO.1 PZ Type Screwdriver
  • 100mm 5mm Plain Slot Screwdriver
  • 100mm NO.2 PZ Type Screwdriver
These are perfect for all the different screw sizes you will come across when getting on with the basic DIY jobs around the home. For nailing it is essential that you have a standard claw hammer – this is a good piece of equipment for jobs such as fitting a new garden fence. Here’s a fairly long checklist of tools you should have on hand for the basic DIY jobs, along with an example of the jobs for which they can be used.

Heavy-duty long-nose pliers – for cutting and bending wires for electrical purposes.

Heavy-duty diagonal side cutters – for cutting copper, brass, iron, etc.

Adjustable wrench set – for any plumbing problems.
Combination spanner set – for plumbing work and tightening nuts.

Spirit level sets – for simple bricklaying and tiling.

Safety equipment (i.e., safety goggles, work gloves, and steel-toe boots) – for all DIY jobs.

Tape measure – all simple jobs, including making purchases.

Extension lead or extension cord – vital for any job involving power tools.

Hand saw – for cutting wood, applicable to most cabinetry and woodworking projects, as well as some yardwork and landscaping.

If you are thinking of taking on some bigger jobs, you should look into purchasing a few specialized tools.

14.4V/18V Cordless hammer drill – Both of these drills are an essential for the bigger jobs in and around your home; installing a decking area is one of them.

7-Piece chubby ratchet screwdriver and bit set – A screwdriver set such as this is perfect for bigger DIY jobs but handy for little ones, too.


Multi-functional tester – All electricians keep a multi-functional tester available for their services, but DIYers can use it to test mains, etc.

Oscillating multi-tool kit – This kit offers different functions for detailed sanding, cutting, and scraping jobs and is a nice little addition to any basic toolbox.


Power tool saw – You should have a decent mitre saw at your service if you are working on any big woodworking job.


 I could go on for hours about hundreds of different tools that you might need at some time; for example, if you are considering an extension to your home, you would need things such as trowels, a mixer, and cement. However, bigger jobs like that are normally undertaken only by those DIYers who have plenty of experience and therefore already have their tools.

08/29/2013