If you’re looking for the best place to start, you can do no wrong with the Stanley 32-Piece Tool Kit, available online at Tesco Direct. It’s of really high quality, and it comes in a handy, slim-line box, making it nice and easy to carry around.
Coming in at less than 3kg, it’s not going to weigh you down, and at less than £40 it doesn’t cost the earth. Plus, it includes pretty much everything you’ll need for most jobs – a hacksaw, a hammer, screwdriver, a spirit level, spanners, pliers and a measuring tape, among other things.
Sticking It Together
Two things in this category – first off, we have the Loctite Hot Melt Glue Gun. This’ll only set you back about a tenner, and it can stick pretty much anything under the sun onto pretty much anything else. Its glue sticks are longer than your average, meaning you have to reload less, and you can use it for crafts projects too.
Next, a staple gun. The Arrow T50PBN staple gun, to be precise. Available from John Lewis, it’s got an easy-squeeze trigger and a non-slip grip, making it perfect for any tricky jobs. And all this for only 40 smackers! And if you ever need some help using any of these tools, just head over to www.thediyschool.co.uk – simple!
Our favourite electric drill also doubles as an electric screwdriver – the Autoselect Hammer Drill ASL148K from trusty Black & Decker. Charging takes just 3 hours, and it’ll run for ages on a single charge, so you don’t have to deal with loads of waiting around.
It can drill into wood, metal, and walls, and it comes with a really handy auto-select dial, allowing you to easily switch to the perfect setting for the job at hand. And the LED work-light allows you to work in the dark!
Tearing It Up
Instead of spinning around, the various tools of the beautifully versatile SoniCrafter from Worx oscillate – this means that it is not only less messy, but it is also a great deal safer than say, a circular saw.
It can be used in smaller spaces, too, and can cut, saw, scrape, sand, grind, polish, shape, and remove grout. Whew!