There have been DIY enthusiasts for as long as humanity has been existing, as in ancient times people didn’t have much of a choice. However, in these modern days, not many people have the courage to undertake DIY projects and only a small number enjoy creating or engineering things by themselves. This means that most of these people are really dedicated to the hobby and spend a lot of money and time on purchasing the needed tools and working on their chosen projects.
If you’re someone who wants to venture into this hobby but doesn’t know where to start – it’s really simple: start by cleaning up your garage and buying the necessary engineering workshop equipment. Once you have that, you can look up some interesting DIY projects for beginners to work on, and start from there. However, there is a ton of engineering workshop equipment to choose from, so this might be confusing and seem to you a bit of a hassle. For that reason, I’ve made a list of the most essential tools you need to buy before starting with your first DIY project. Let’s see what you’ll need.
A Claw Hammer
A claw hammer is something you should own, regardless whether you’re a DIY enthusiast or not. You can use it to pound nails into wood. This tool is quite powerful, can be useful in many situations and can come in a few different varieties. It can drive or remove nails and can be put to use in other creative ways as well. For instance, you can use it to help yourself dig a hole, split wood, break ice or even tear down drywall.
Even a simple thing as hanging a picture on the wall can be your first DIY activity. A hammer, a picture hook and a nail, and there you have it. However, if you want to take it to the next level from the very beginning, use a level (pun unintended). There are many different types of levels that can be used for different things. For example, a plumb bob level is the best option for hanging wallpapers, or a long carpenter’s level is best for hanging a picture.
Wrenches are available in a wide array of styles for a variety of applications. Some work with standard fasteners, while others are for metric applications. You can look for colour coding on wrenches to quickly distinguish whether they’re standard or metric. The wrench you choose should depend on the projects you want to complete.
Screwdrivers come in two common forms – standard and X-shaped. A multi-bit screwdriver allows for its tip to be interchanged. The most simple type of screwdriver uses the Phillips tips, and they come in sets of dozens or more. From the flat-head to the square-tipped, sockets, torx, hex keys, etc. you can rest assured you won’t come short of screwdriver choices regardless of the type of project you are working on, which makes them a quite worthy investment.