Tools You Need for DIY Projects
For those who have seen Do-It-Yourself (DIY) projects posted online that they really want to try, but they have no idea how, this list of basic tools to help with the projects will be invaluable. By investing in these few tools, you can put yourself in a great position to do a lot of DIY projects in the future that you can be proud of for the rest of your life.
As with virtually everything, there are dozens of brands and specific types of tools that you can choose from, so deciding on the right ones for your DIY experiences can be difficult. This list includes basic tools that are commonly chosen by both beginners and experienced DIYers alike, so they are sure to please everyone. Aside from this list, there are some other tools that might be good for more specialized projects, such as a portable air compressor or a power drill.
- A standard level
What it does: A level is a long tool that almost looks like a ruler. It has a container in the middle that has a small amount of liquid with a bubble in it. Surrounding the bubble are two lines, and when the bubble is in between the lines, then the level is straight.
An example: Levels can come in handy when hanging shelves. Simply lay the level on the shelf, and when the bubble is aligned with the two lines, you know the shelf is straight.
Recommendation: A Task Force Standard Level can be bought at your local Lowe’s. They are available in a variety of sizes, so there is one for every DIY project.
- A tape measure
What it does: A tape measure does what its name implies — it measure. Tape measures come in a variety of sizes, so they can measure virtually anything you want.
An example: Figure out what size most of the rooms in your home are, and choose a tape measure that can measure that length.
Recommendation: There are hundreds of tape measure brands, and any of them will do the trick for your DIY projects.
- A speed square
What it does: This handy tool can be used to measure short lengths and to make accurate, straight marks. It is especially nice when accuracy is of utmost importance, and is great for marking corners, where angles of 90 degrees are imperative. Some speed squares even have a lip on them so that they can hold their spot against a block of wood.
An example: Even though a tape measure can be used for measuring things, it does not have the same accuracy as a speed square, and it also has no capabilities when it come to measuring off 90 degree angles.
Recommendation: The brand of speed square is not important, but make sure that the one you purchase has a lip and all of the features that you want.
- A hammer
What it does: A hammer is useful for driving nails into wood, and the opposite side can be used for extracting unwanted nails. There are a lot of different handles options, such as wood, fiberglass, or other options.
An example: The most common use for hammers in DIY projects is hammering nails into wood, but they can also be useful for busting through unwanted drywall.
Recommendation: A one pound hammer is the best, most versatile choice. It is light enough to be easily maneuverable, but it is heavy enough to carry a lot of momentum. Choose whatever handle type feels best to you.