Whether you’re a professional trades person like a plumber in Woking, a regular DIYer or you just like to be able to fix the odd problem, it’s important to have the right tools for the job. Choosing the correct tool can enable you to complete the work quicker and more successfully. It’s also important to think about opting for quality rather than going for the cheapest option.
Have a basic tool kit
If you’re new to DIY or want to start building up your stock of tools, it’s beneficial to start with some quality basic items. From this you can build up your kit to include more specialist tools or to have a wider range of certain items. These initial tools should compromise the items you use more often and they’ll enable you to complete the majority of tasks. If you spend some money on this kit the tools will last longer and perform better.
Within your basic kit it’s a good idea to have the majority of these tools:
– hand-saw: this can be used for a variety of tasks, so choose a universal one with medium sized teeth
– claw hammer
– Stanley knife
– retractable tape measure
– chisels: both 8mm and 20mm models are useful
– junior hack saw
– adjustable spanner
– mole grips
– screwdrivers: buy between five and six with a range of sizes across both cross head and slotted
– allen keys
Why choose quality?
A workman is only as good as the tools he has and often this can be the difference between carrying out the work to a professional standard and causing problems with the finish. More consumers are looking to do property improvements themselves, but this can also lead to issues if they don’t understand what they’re doing or have the wrong tools. According to research from Santander Insurance, 13% of DIY work will have some type of problem.
Quality products are much more cost effective as they are durable and will last for many years if you look after them. There’s also less risk of them becoming blunt or damaged and they are stronger, so more suitable for the work. Badly finished DIY can often be worse than leaving the issue and can even reduce the value of your property.
When you’re looking to buy a new tool, you need to consider exactly what you need first. Then research what products are available and the different costs. If the item comes with special features check if you’ll actually need and use these, otherwise you could be paying for unnecessary extras. With tools it’s useful to be able to handle them before you buy. This gives you an idea of the weight of the tool and how comfortable it is to work with.
Not all tools are the same and it’s vital that you reflect on the quality and handling of the tool, as well as the actual cost.