DIY projects have gained immense popularity, thanks to the internet and social media. Nearly half the American population are regularly engaged in starting and finishing home projects, ranging from constructing furniture pieces or simply taking on paint jobs. If you are new to DIY, you may be wondering what tools are essential for your projects. The truth is, every activity or artifact you decide to make from scratch will require its unique tools, but that does not mean you have to buy every single one available. So, where do you start? Thankfully, there are some necessary tools that you will need for almost every project.
- Tape measure
When you start a DIY project, you must have accurate measurements to prevent your project from failing. The way a tape measure is designed allows you to carry it with ease, either in your pockets or toolbox. The design also allows you to measure curves and corners. You can use this tool to measure the area of a space where you would like to fit an appliance. It is also useful for calculating the size of wood or pipes, and even hanging pictures at accurate angles. For most DIY jobs, you will need locking or retracting tape measure. They come at different prices, but it would be best to choose slightly more expensive types with more range for more significant projects.
Hammers are also standard tools to have in your toolbox; there is no point in having nails if you do not have a hammer. The average hammer has two heads: one used to drive in the nails, and the other (the claw) used to take the pins out. When you are looking to buy, look out for the 16-ounce hammer, which works best for small and heavy-duty projects. They are relatively inexpensive; however, prices may vary based on the materials used to build them. It would be best to test out hammers to find the one that feels comfortable in your hands.
If you are into woodworking, you might have heard of jointers. They are used to create flat surfaces along the rough wood boards’ length before joining them at the edges to make them wider. There are two kinds of jointers: the 6-inch and 8-inch jointers. Many woodworkers prefer to use the 8 inch jointer because it allows for more length and width, and it is easier to use than the 6-inch jointers. Jointers do not come cheap, so you might want to prepare or save up for that splurge. Despite its price, it is a handy tool to have at home.
- Utility knife
A utility knife is a safe and excellent tool for cutting jobs such as wallpaper trimming. Its blade is stored inside the handle to prevent cutting or stabbing accidents. They are also relatively inexpensive to purchase. When buying one, look out for designs that have safe and comfortable handles. Some store extra blades so that you can easily change them when the edges become dull.
DIY-ing is not going anywhere anytime soon. The DIY market is expected to be worth $13.9 billion by 2021. Once you get more experience in crafting your items, you can also upgrade your toolbox. Take the time to learn to use them safely and correctly.