You can’t go wrong with a set of screwdrivers. A 19-piece set that comes with Phillips and slot heads in a range of sizes can be picked up for under $10. It also comes in a handy case so she’ll always have the right screwdriver ready to go.
Even though there’s probably loads lying around from previous flat-pack adventures, it helps to have them all in one place. A set comes in a case like a pocket knife so she’ll never have to go searching for the right key. Make sure you pick up a metric set. It’ll fit most applications so will be the most useful.
No tool kit would be complete without a hammer! While you might be tempted to impress with the biggest hammer you can find, a smaller and lighter one will be easier to use and more accurate.
For holding, bending or cutting wires, a pair of pliers is the tool. Combination pliers are a good all-rounder while long nose pliers have slender arms for fine work or getting into tight spaces.
A shifting spanner or adjustable wrench is used to loosen or tighten nuts and bolts. A good size to start with is a 200mm spanner which should cover most jobs. When buying, don’t just go for the cheapest model. A better quality tool will be sturdier, so won’t slip and round off the corners the nut or bolt, which makes the job harder not to mention more frustrating.
Keep her safe during her DIY projects with a complete set of safety gear. Ear muffs or plugs, gloves, safety goggles and dust masks are all must haves in her tool kit.
Whether it’s doing some woodwork, hanging pictures or working out how much paint she’ll need for a room, a measuring tape is essential. A good buy is an 8m tape. It’s long enough to measure most rooms but is still quite compact.
For cutting cardboard, rubber, carpet and vinyl she’ll need a utility knife. These have changeable blades, some of which carry them in the handle of the tool, so will always be sharp. She’ll also need one for opening packaging, sharpening her pencil…the list goes on.
Great for hanging rows of pictures or hooks, a spirit level will make sure they’re all is straight every time. They come in a range of sizes from 30cm up to 2m long. A good starter is a 600mm level. It’s still long enough to give you accurate readings yet is small enough to be easily stored with her other tools.
Don’t forget about storing all her new tools! A basic toolbox will keep the tools all together and can easily be carried around the house to where they’re need. Add a lock to keep little hands from getting into them.