The DIY essentials every home workshop needs

Buy basic hand tools

Every homeowner needs some basic tools and materials to help with work around their house. These are the essentials any do-it-yourselfer needs to tackle most minor projects.

The DIY essentials every home workshop needs

Powering up with the right tools

  • The only power tool essential for a homeowner's tool kit is the power drill. It's both versatile and time-saving.
  • As time goes by, you'll need more specialized tools for specific jobs.
  • A good rule of thumb: don't buy a specialized tool before you need it, and don't hesitate to buy one when you do.
  • Professional-quality tools are expensive because they're made for heavy use. Bargain-priced tools may not hold up well over time.
  • It's often best to choose a mid-priced model that feels solid and comfortable in your hand that's backed by a warranty.
  • You can rent almost any power tool for a day or a weekend. But before you do so, be sure to enlist the help of someone who knows how to use it safely.

Stock up on the right materials

Here's a list of often-used materials that you'll want to keep in stock:

  • small squirt can of all-purpose household oil
  • aerosol can of penetrating oil
  • tubes of latex/silicone caulk
  • removable rope caulk
  • aerosol can of foam insulation
  • wood filler (in paste form)
  • spackling or joint compound for patching walls

Bits, bobs and more

A modest collection of fasteners can save you trips to the hardware store:

  • 3d and 6d finishing nails
  • 8d common nails
  • all-purpose screws, sometimes called drywall screws, in various sizes from 2.5 to 7.5 centimetres (one to three inches) long
  • plastic anchors (Molly anchors)

Stay tool safe

  • Wear safety goggles, heavy-duty work gloves and hearing protection as needed.
  • Never work when you're tired, medicated or upset.
  • Keep a fire extinguisher and a first-aid kit within reach and in plain sight.
  • Use power tools with extreme caution.
  • Never work in damp conditions.
  • Unplug a tool when not in use and when you're making an adjustment or changing a bit.

Many homeowners can tackle small projects without hiring a professional. Always make sure you know what you're doing, and keep your safety a top priority, and you could save time and money.

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