Whether you are leaving home for the first time or just updating your current toolbox, there are a few essential pieces you need to be thinking about. Sure, things are changing – and we’re all for that. But when your kid needs their bike chain fixed, or the washing machine tap is leaking, the chances are that it’s going to be on you to deal with.
But what, exactly, should your toolbox contain? For the avoidance of doubt, and to ensure your masculinity remains intact, here are the absolute bare essentials you need. Let’s take a look at the DIY essentials that should be in every man’s toolbox.
Quality over quantity
Before we get stuck in, don’t buy inferior products wherever possible. Yes, you can nip to Homebase and pick up a 600-piece toolkit made in Taiwan, but the chances are that you won’t get much life from it. Instead, look to quality tool makers and be prepared to pay a pretty penny. You want durable, sturdy tools that come with a lifetime guarantee, and you will never need to replace them.
You need a variety of screwdrivers in your box – a flathead and a Phillips, and in many different sizes is the absolute bare minimum. Don’t forget to buy some mini screwdrivers, too – they are essential for opening up electrical items. Get yourself a cordless drill while you are at it, which will help you screw into tough areas that you would otherwise struggle with.
A glue gun
A good glue gun will save you an incredible amount of time. You can pick one up from the likes of Glue Guns Direct or your local hardware shop. They can be used for all kinds of things, from craft activities with the kids, to holding shelving and woodwork in place before screwing in nails.
A crescent wrench
If there is one tool you will use time and time again, it’s a crescent wrench. You can use this essential tool to screw and unscrew a whole bunch of differently-sized nuts and bolts. You are far better off with one of these than you are buying a full range of sized wrenches, and it will get you out of jail on more than one occasion, whether it’s to take off your kid’s bike stabilisers or to fasten heavy bolts onto a bed.
A socket wrench
While the crescent wrench is a fantastically flexible tool, when you are confronted with a lot of nuts and bolts at the same time, its design isn’t all that efficient. Your best friend here is the socket wrench. A socket wrench will enable you to quickly ratchet your way through dozens of nuts and bolts in one sitting, without breaking a sweat. For large projects, it’s a life saver – and a time saver.
A spirit level
Finally, if you intend to do any kind of DIY work at all, you’ll quickly find yourself stuck without a spirit level. Straight lines are everything in DIY, and whether you are putting up shelves or hanging up pictures, the spirit level will give you the finish you need.
Of course, there are many other tools that you will need for the ultimate toolbox. But these should help you get around most basic tasks around the home with ease. Any more to add? Let us know in the comments section below!