A Well-Equipped Toolbox Is a DIYer’s Best Friend

No matter what level of DIY you’re at, a well-equipped toolbox is the essential foundation of your hobby. Be it home improvements,  metalworking or arts and crafts, there are some essential things you’ll need to help you explore your passion for DIY.

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Where to get the tools you need

 

The first thing you need to consider is what tools you’ll need and how to get them. Most simple tools such as wrenches and screwdrivers can be bought from just about any hardware store. These are essentials that you should always pick up. A basic toolbox from someplace like Amazon or your local hardware store will usually be sufficient. However, if you need more specialised tools for finer detail, your local arts and craft shop will be a better choice. Buying online is also another option if you’re looking for specific tools.

 

Screwdrivers

 

One of the most important tools in your collection should be a basic set of screwdrivers. These will be used to open most devices or electronics. You’ll need a smaller set of screwdrivers if you plan to work on delicate electronics such as a phone or laptop. Magnetic tips are useful if you’re not playing around with sensitive electronics like hard drives because they’ll help you secure the screws.

 

Bits and pieces

 

Things such as a magnetic parts tray will be incredibly useful for storing things like screws so you don’t lose them. Belleville washers are also handy for when you need a bit of extra clearance or protection to separate the two surfaces you’re screwing together. Having some extra sets of screws and bolts will also come in handy in case you lose something. A tape measure is also handy for when you need to cut or measure something to size, and a utility knife can come in handy as well. Don’t neglect to have a flashlight either if you need to occasionally work in the dark.

 

Claw hammer

 

If you’re doing DIY work that involves standard screws, then make sure you have a claw hammer to drive nails in and also yank them out. If you’ll be working on various sized screws, then make sure you carry several hammers. However, if you don’t have enough space, then a standard weighted hammer will do the trick as long as it has a nice handle to grip.

 

Pliers

 

Whether you need to cut a pipe, strip a wire or hold something in place, pliers are multi-functional tools that will never let you down. Pliers come in various sizes, so it’s recommended you take a look at them before you decide on a set. In general, you want to avoid having too many pliers because a set can take up a lot of space in your toolbox.

 

Box to store it all

 

It wouldn’t be a toolbox if it wasn’t stored inside of a box. Make sure it’s deep enough to store heavier and larger tools such as a hammer and ensure it has plenty of small compartments for things such as screws, bolts and nuts. Make sure has a secure lock and a comfortable handle to grip it by.

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