Features Of A Starter D.I.Y. Kit

by Jeff G Foster | 24th March 2011

For those who are keen in having a D.I.Y. kit around the house, there are some very important items required in a beginner’s toolbox. The basic tools required are a good claw hammer, which has a wide surface and a sharp inner claw edges to take out the stubborn nails. A good hammer that has a perfect balance is the ideal choice. The best way to test a hammer is to turn it upside down, if the handle rests at forty-five degrees angle, you can purchase it.

Many people think of using a screwdriver bit to drill, but it is not possible to do so with exact precision, without a pair of screwdrivers. Screwdrivers, mainly come as flat-tipped, cross-tipped or Philips head ones. A toolbox should have at least four of each kind of screwdrivers in different sizes. It is important to have a hand tool in the tool kit, as it makes it convenient for more precise screwing.

Another essential tool that any adequate starter D.I.Y. tool set should have is a pair of pliers. You have a variety of pliers to select from, such as needle-nose and wide flat jawed, both of which are good for securely grasping small things, such as a nuts or bolts. For situations requiring an extraordinarily firm grip, you will need to include a set of slip joint pliers as well. You should also keep a set of basic wrenches in both Imperial and Metric sizes for working household nuts and bolts. And you will no doubt require a pipe wrench for plumbing problems particularly if you anticipate doing a lot of work on water lines. The built-in slip jaw is terrific for loosening and tightening more than one size of pipe, even in tight spots.

If one is very keen on making changes in the abode then the first thing is to get an electric voltage tester to check for the electric voltages, which aids in saving your life. Different methods are available to find if there is any electrical leak for example using the probe and there are various techniques to find the electric leak. Sometimes it is impossible to say whether the power is coming from a single circuit breaker or not.

Here are some other useful tools to have in your D.I.Y. tool kit: tape measure, level, and stud finder. The tape measure should roll out to a total of at least twelve feet, and be marked in both American and metric measures. It should also have some sort of clip/catch at the end, and a brake for one-person use. You also need a long, 18-20″ level for checking walls and tables for levelness, and a small one suitable for use on paintings and other wall hangings.

Studs are supposed to be positioned every sixteen inches or so along the length of any wall, but depending on the age of the home, the contractor, or the size of the wall this isn’t always true. A stud finder is a device that detects the stud behind the sheet rock without having to damage the surface. This way you always know where the anchor is for hanging pictures, shelves or cabinets.

The final essential in your D.I.Y. toolbox is a good, retractable utility knife. The best choice is one with replaceable blades (these often store in the handle). The utility knife has nearly endless uses: opening boxes, trimming vinyl or carpet, cutting small shrubs, and many, many others. Brightly colored handles make them easy to find in the toolbox.

Jeff Foster is a freelance writer for http://titanproducts.co.za, a company specializing in high quality Tool Boxes.

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