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Toolbox Essentials

Every DIY enthusiast knows the frustration of starting a job and then finding that you don`t have the right tool to hand. You then have to make a special trip just to buy what you need, with all the delay and annoyance that involves. It is, of course, impossible to always have available all of the particular specialist tools you`ll need for some jobs, but a well-stocked toolbox should have most of the ones you will require for the most common DIY tasks.

Having the correct Tools in your Toolbox

Which tools you keep in your toolbox will depend on the kind of jobs you commonly attempt. For some people, electrical work is not something they would try to do themselves. For others, plumbing is best left to qualified plumbers. But most DIY enthusiasts are willing to undertake a broad range of jobs, so their toolbox should reflect this by containing all of the tools that might be needed.

If you are experienced in DIY, you will have built up a collection of tools that is probably too big to fit in the average toolbox. For those who are just starting out, however, here are the top fifteen tools that will allow you to cover the basics of the most common DIY jobs.

1. A tape measure is essential for many jobs as accurate measurement is the first requirement for success when attempting most tasks. Remember the old adage: measure twice, cut once.

2. A hammer - there are many types but a claw hammer would be of most use if you have to choose just one.

3. A spirit level - critical if you are putting up shelves, curtain rods, or anything else that must be absolutely straight.

4. Screw drivers - make sure that you get a set of them of all sizes and both standard and Phillips. An electrical test screw driver is also useful to have.

5. A drill and set of drill bits. Essential for all sorts of jobs, a drill is one of the most important tools you`ll need.

6. A hack saw is also one of the basic necessities in you toolbox, as you will be often cutting through metal.

7. Sandpaper and a sanding block for smoothing down any rough surfaces or edges.

8. A good socket and spanner set will prove invaluable for a wide variety of tasks.

9. For cutting all kinds of materials, a Stanley knife is one of the tools most used in all kinds of DIY projects.

10. Gaffer or masking tape - always carry a few rolls as you never know when they will come in handy.

11. Pliers - there are many different types but your toolbox should contain at least a pair of round-nose, straight-nose and needle-nose pliers.

12. Adjustable spanners - another invaluable tool that you will use again and again. It`s well worth getting a good, large one of these.

13. Always try to have a good selection of screws, nuts and nails in your toolbox.

14. A good stud detector will help you with positioning when drilling into walls. Well worth it for the time and expense it can potentially save you.

15. Don`t forget the humble pencil - there is no point in taking painstaking measurements if you have no way of marking them.

Carry all of these tools in your toolbox and you will be well prepared for the most common DIY jobs. Make sure that you maintain and take care of your tools, particularly power tools and always keep a supply of Black & Decker spare parts for when you need to make repairs.

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