Men - don't lose out. Follow our essential tool kit guide below and never become unsuck when it comes to wiping out your tools!
A level is a pretty essential piece of kit to have in the house, especially if you are planning on doing anything like hanging pictures/mirrors, putting a mantle over the fireplace or anything that is going to require a straight line. Of course there’s the iPhone level app which can come in immensely useful if you have it but there’s nothing quite like owning the real thing.
A good cordless drill is a great tool to have and the more powerful the more man points, although bear in mind that more battery voltage equals more weight. The most important thing is to get a drill that has multiple speeds and is reversible – ladies if you are reading this for tips then trust us. It’s all well and good drilling a screw in but when it goes wrong that reversible feature will be the only thing that saves your new mirror.
It may sound simple but if you like to turn your hand to DIY projects around the house and make rather than buy things, you will need a tape measure to ensure that new shelf unit will fit into the corner it’s supposed to.
The crescent wrench is an adjustable wrench with a sliding jaw that will change the width of the wrench, meaning you can use the same tool for different size nuts and bolts.
Although the crescent wrench is the one you will probably use more, when you need to tighten or loosen a lot of nuts and bolts the socket wrench is going to be more efficient. Because it has a ratcheting mechanism, the socket wrench will allow you to tighten a nut without having to remove and refit the wrench after every turn.
The claw hammer is what jumps to mind when most people think of a hammer – the fat head on one side which is used to drive nails in and the two pronged claw on the other side which can be used to pull nails out.
A good set of screwdrivers will last a long time so it’s worth investing money in these. There’s the flathead screwdriver that has a single blade made to fit into the single slot of a flathead screw – this is still a good tool to have although the Philips screwdriver has eclipsed it in popularity over recent years. The Philips screwdriver has a four star point on the end that will fit into the screws cross shaped depression, allowing the user to use more force than with a flathead screwdriver. It’s a good idea to make sure you have varying sizes of each in your toolkit.
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