Every new DIYer always asks the same question on how to know what tool to use as they are often lost in the vast world of DIY tools. We recommend that you should start with hand tools because they are the most common and basic types of tool, which will be useful in any DIY project. Let’s discover some common types of hand tools that can make your DIY journey much easier.
Hammer is one of the most popular types of hand tools. People use a hammer for a huge number of different purposes for centuries, such as driving nails into a wood piece, reshaping a piece of metal, or breaking hard material that cannot be broken by hands. All of the uses above are essential works in any DIY projects, no matter how difficult and complex it is. As a result, a hammer (or maybe a set of different hammers) is essential for every DIY or home-improving project.
The head of the hammer can be manufactured in many shapes. Each of them has its own purposes and differ them from others. For example, a claw hammer has a “claw” on the head which help it remove nails from the material, or a geologist’s hammer, which will never appear in your DIY project I believe, has a special head for rock-breaking purposes.
The grip is also an important part of a hammer. Hammering can apply a huge amount of force on the material, however, that force will also be applied to the user’s hand too. Choosing a good hammer is all about choosing the right type of head and grip.
Another ancient type of hand tools that existed since the early days of the human’s race. A handsaw is the most basic tool to cut material such as wood pieces, tree, branches and pipes. It hard and sharp blade will help you to cut through the material effortlessly because you will only have to apply a little amount of force to control the saw, and the blade’s power will do the rest for you.
However, a saw is even more dangerous than a hammer, so learning how to use it properly is important. Our recommendation is always to store a saw in a safe place, polish it every week and keep it out of your family’s reach.
Screwdrivers are the most common toolbox-size tool because they are used for an important task: installing and removing screws. The tip of a screwdriver is be made of hardened metal and a layer of coating, while the grip is designed in several shapes to improve the contact with users’ hand and prevent the tool from rolling when set down.
The shape of the tip will define what type a screwdriver is and what kind of task it is used for. As a result, some screwdriver tip can be changed to provide more complexity. There are several sizes of screws, so we need several sizes of screwdriver bits too. It would be best if you have a set of interchangeable screwdrivers in your toolbox.
Unluckily, nowadays, many DIY-er prefers using a power drill instead of a screwdriver because it is more versatile, quicker and easier to use, and it can also play the part of a drilling machine. However, I think every new DIY-er still need a screwdriver set as it is lighter and it does not require electricity.
4. Measuring tape
No DIY or home-improving project runs without measuring. You must measure the height, width, and length of your material pieces, your product, or any other object you want to work with. If you want your product to look clean, smooth and professional, remember to have a measuring tape in your toolbox. It is designed for a measure of great length, with a pocket or toolkit-size, and permits one to measure around curves or corners, so it will not take a lot of room in your box.
Another small but powerful tool as it can perform hundreds of tasks. It is also safer than other tools because the blades can be kept inside the case when not in use. A utility knife’s quality is defined by the blade’s sharpness, the hand feeling it provides, and its weight. Choosing a good pocket knife can help you not only in DIY projects but also in your household chores.
6. Safety glove
Those who use power tools by their naked hands should feel lucky that their mistakes have not been punished. All of the above tools are dangerous to their user in some ways, so you must protect yourself from them by wearing safety clothes, footwear, glasses and the most important, a safety glove. Your safety is more important than your DIY projects, don’t let sharp tools hurt your hand just because you don’t have a good glove.