Build A Toolkit For Home DIY
In this blog we are taking a look in to the whats and whys of having an emergency toolkit for the home to help with DIY needs.
It might seem a little silly to go into this much detail on the tools every home should have, but surprisingly it’s something that people often never get around to doing. Preventative maintenance in the home is useful – it often leads to saving money in the long term when an emergency happens.
But is your home toolbox up to the job? Sure we might all have the odd screwdriver handy, maybe some duct tape, but are you really prepared for emergency DIY? Here are our recommendations of what you need to get your toolkit started.
Laying The Groundwork
A toolkit starts and finishes with a standard, multi compartment toolbox. Go for medium size, because it’ll incorporate our tool set, plus there will be slots for expansion. Any home DIY superstore or smaller outlet should have you covered for one of these – in plastic or for a more retro touch, metal.
Make sure you find one with a good couple of smaller bays for storing those more fiddly parts such as screws and allen keys – these are pieces that get lost easily. Also having small compartments means you can easily build up ‘stock’ of replacement parts. It’s also a great place to store standard plug fuses, one of the most commonly used pieces for a quick home repair.
Your home toolkit is going to need all manner of tools, but there are some very basic ones to consider first on your list.
You should always have a set of screwdrivers, of both the cross shaped (Phillips Head) and straight (Flat Head)variety, in a number of sizes. Having a larger and smaller one of each works great, and smaller ones should have the magnetic tip for fiddly electrical appliance screws.
The adjustable wrench or spanner is another favourite – a pair of these, large and small, can help adjust rusted together pairs of nuts on a nut and bolt assembly. Having one of these to hand on dark, lonely nights is also somewhat comforting for single occupant residents.
Heavy objects aside, a hacksaw is also good – should you need it it’ll provide serviceable cutting capabilities on most metal objects if needed. These things are incredibly useful and should be part of every home toolbox. If you like precision wood sawing, maybe consider a tenon saw as well.
Finally, two pairs of pliers, the needle nose set and the blunt pair top off the basics. Each has their uses, but without them it’s often difficult to get a solid hold on some of those smaller bits. The needle nose is an especially helpful piece of kit for removing stubborn nails.
For quick fixes and bodge jobs, there’s nothing like having the back-up assortment of stuff in your toolkit. For instance, nothing beats a clean rag when it comes to bicycle repair – getting a chain re-attached when it’s dirty can be a frustrating and slippery affair.
Speaking of slippery, WD-40 is the friend of anyone with metal that needs lubricating. This spray was designed in the cold war to be used on intercontinental ballistic missiles, but now is a standard inclusion for pretty much any and all toolboxes of merit.
A Stanley knife is another smaller more fiddly inclusion – though the uses of these seem limited it’s always good to have one on hand. The same goes for duct tape, and the two complement each other in terms of sizing portions of the tape for sensitive deployment.
With measuring, you should also find that measuring tape you already have and drop it in the box. Most people have an old one from moving in, but if you don’t, go grab one. If you’re into more serious DIY, maybe also purchase a spirit level.
An assortment of nuts, bolts, washers, nails, screws and fuses are also a great addition to a toolbox. It’s not an exact science how to collect these, but a local hardware shop may be able to point you in the right direction.
We hope this mini guide helps you build the confidence to go and get yourself some basic tools ready for the next mini DIY emergency that occurs.