Like a lot of men, you may have run into an embarrassing moment before, when you realize your DIY arsenal isn’t what it should be. The next time your girlfriend needs a new ceiling fan installed, or a shelf put up, you don’t want to be caught with your pants down! Here, I’ve put together some advice for making you a good old fashioned handyman. You can thank me later!
Obviously, you’re going to need the tools for the job. However, I don’t recommend going to the hardware place and buying all your gear at once. Start off with the tools you need immediately, rather than one big set. By taking it slow, you’ll end up with a tool box which really is yours. As you build up more experience doing DIY jobs, you’ll get a feel for the kinds of tools you like. The next time you go to the hardware store to buy a tool, you’ll see the right one immediately. Having said that, if you’re grossly under supplied, don’t buy your tools one at a time. There are certain essentials you should have. A claw hammer, flat head screwdriver, Philips screwdriver, and tape measure should all be in your tool box from the beginning. If you’ve got any large-scale construction jobs in mind, then you should also get a pair of tough work boots. Visit http://www.workbootcritic.com/top-rated-durable-work-boots/ for some good recommendations.
When stocking up your toolbox, I advise going for the more expensive end of things. When you look at some other items, the price tag is sometimes used to get across a false air of quality. With tools, however, this isn’t the case. There’s no need for a claw hammer to have fancy packaging or a gilt monogram on the handle! Every penny you pay for a tool went straight into the making of it. Click on http://www.housetohome.co.uk/product-idea/picture/buyers-guide-to-diy-tools/1 to see my point illustrated. It can be hard to tell if a tool’s been poorly made looking at it, so use the pricing as a guide. That £15 made-in-china set may look fine, but the tools in it will quickly fall apart!
With tools, more expensive usually means more useful. However, when it comes to power tools you should stay away from the newest, most prestigious models. This is especially true if you’re new to DIY in general. Simple, but still high-quality constructions will serve you best. If you try to fix up your home using professional-grade power tools, you’ll just be increasing your risk of damaging your home. However, if you know you need something with all the power you can get, then approach the job with caution. Test the tool out on some waste construction materials in your garden, and only start the actual job when you’re confident handling it. A little caution and respect for the tool may well save your roof from falling in!
Take this advice, and you’ll be ready for any DIY task in no time. My final tip is to ask for help sometimes. Would you rather tell a friend that you suck at DIY, or that you’ve just drilled into a pipe?