Whether you can create an entire DIY kitchen, or stick to hanging paintings, the contents of your toolbox should be on par with your skills set. Tony Fishbeck, from AJF Carpentry and Joinery, offers this advice.
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The novice fix-it
You leave big jobs to the experts, but when it comes to hanging paintings, you can DIY with the best of them. At the very least, Tony says your basic toolbox should have the following:
1. A hammer
Everyone needs a hammer, whether hanging a picture or assembling furniture.
2. Screw drivers
You’ll need to get both a flathead and a Stanley screwdriver. If you’re assembling flat pack furniture you’ll need both, in different sizes, so it pays to buy a full set.
3. A shovel
Useful for more than gardening, a shovel can be essential in case of heavy rain and flooding - you may need to dig a ditch to redirect water flow.
4. Nails, screw and picture hooks
These are always handy to keep, in case of a new art purchase, or to replace one that has come loose.
5. Tape measure
Whether measuring for curtains or the space to place that new hallstand, a tape measure is essential.
6. An adjustable spanner
This is for little things like changing a tap washer, or assembling or disassembling furniture.
7. A paint brush
Keep one close, to cover scratches on doors or windowsills.
8. A drop sheet
Great for cleaning, painting and gardening, it’s indispensable.
The intermediate handyman
You’re confident with minor jobs and you can assemble a flat pack quicker than a kid solves a Rubik’s Cube. You probably love tinkering away on DIY projects on weekends. Aside from the above, Tony advises the following:
1. A cordless drill
From hanging pictures to drilling smaller holes, this gets the job done quickly.
2. A hack saw
You might need to cut down a metal pipe, or trim curtain rods. This does the job nicely.
3. A wood saw
This has myriad uses, from trimming tree branches to mending fence railings.
4. An electric sander
Handy if you’re restoring furniture and floors.
5. A stud finder with electricity indicator
This helps you find the timber pole in a wall in which to put a screw.
The confident DIY-er
You’re next level Home handyman. You can confidently build a back deck, or make and install a new front gate. As well the above, Tony advises these:
1. A power drill
Ideal for drilling into brick or cement.
2. A power saw
Perfect for building decks or putting up a pergola.
3. A nail gun
A great time saver, especially for big jobs.
4. A spirit level
When you’re at this skill level, you’ll want to ensure everything is correct. You are likely to be creating for other people - accuracy is paramount.
5. Chisels and files
Harsh edges might crop up, especially if you’re using a power saw, and you’ll need to soften them back.
Find these tools and more at your local Bunnings Warehouse. If you want to brush up or indeed improve on your DIY skills, Bunnings Warehouse offers free DIY courses regularly throughout the year!