Published on November 22nd, 2017 | by admin0
Industrial Paints, Hammers & Nails, What are Basic Tools for a DIY Decorator?
It’s not necessary to spend a lot of money, buy a state-of-the-art workshop, have a whole range of industrial paints or rely on a willing boyfriend to do simple home repairs and decorating projects.
There are good quality tools available at reasonable cost and you can put together a kit that serves most of your project needs.
Most adults by the age of 21, not still living with their parents, have had to learn how to use a hammer or screwdriver. It’s easy, of course, to have a handy parent put up your first shelves or assemble that computer desk, but what if you’ve got only clumsy roommates or worse – live alone?
What a Basic Toolbox Should Contain
The Top Ten:
Medium-weight (16 oz.) claw hammer. This gets its name from the two-pronged extension opposite the hitting surface. The handle of the hammer may be wood, fiberglass or aluminum (with a padded grip). Aluminum or fiberglass handled hammers are lighter weight, and may last longer. Try hefting several of each in your price range and see what feels comfortable to you.
Screwdrivers, one long and one short each, Phillips-head and flat-head, or multi-tipped screwdrivers with several interchangeable heads. These cost a little more but are very convenient. Try to have two sizes of heads for each type, for small and large screws. A total of four screwdrivers is plenty.
Tape measure. A 25-foot retractable tape measure is essential, will cover most project needs and is inexpensive. Look for plastic cases which are lighter weight than the traditional metal ones.
Utility knife or box-cutter. There are two basic kinds of utility knives or box cutters. A slim, pencil-like knife with a long blade that snaps off in sections to get a fresh cutting edge will work for cutting cardboard, acetate, mat board, string, etc. The other kind, usually in a heavy metal torpedo shape, has replaceable blades that can be stored inside the tool. This type of knife is suitable for cutting carpet, vinyl tile, balsa and veneers, heavy cord, and scoring wood or drywall.
Needle (long) nosed pliers. There are a variety of uses for these pliers, from picking up tiny objects to holding a nail in place while hammering so you don’t hit your thumb! You can bend heavy wire, or hold a small object while painting it.
Level. A 12-inch bubble level, housed in plastic or metal, will help hang pictures, make sure wallpaper is hung straight, or even serve as an emergency ruler. It should work both vertically (plumb) and horizontally (level) on both edges.
Wire Cutter. Like the needle-nosed pliers, this tool will help in many ways. It comes in handy to snip off the tip of caulking tubes, to cut most sizes of wire, or strip electrical wire when re-wiring a lamp or installing an outlet.
Hand saw. There are shorter-length hand saws now on the market for women, but it’s easy to learn to use the standard size just as easily.
Flashlight – Again, two sizes will work better than one all-purpose one. A slim “maglite” – shaped like a fat pen – will get into tight spaces, and a heavy-duty regular size will get you through most emergency black-outs. Keep spare batteries handy, next to the spot where the flashlight is stored.
Permanent Felt-tip Marker (fine tip) – Also known as a Sharpie, this is one item always in demand when a project arises. Marking measurements, labeling fuse-box switches, adding the date to a freezer bag of fresh meat – having a felt-tip marker nearby is always a smart idea. (A pencil, ball-point pen, or crayon are the emergency substitutes, of course!)
Extras That are Really Helpful
- Safety goggles
- Staple gun
- Glue gun
- Heavy duty leather gloves
- Foam knee pads
- Putty knife, or stiff-bladed scraper
- Chalk line
- Duct tape
- Square – small for checking right angles, large for squaring up measurements and drawing accurate lines
- Wrenches – various kinds are available for specific purposes.
- Clamps – again, in various sizes – tremendously helpful when gluing wood, or holding down large sheets of plywood to your work surface while sawing.
Storing Your Hand Tools
A portable tool kit, like a fishing-tackle style box with a handle and hinged lid, and one or more trays inside, will hold your tools and be very portable. You’ll be able to bring your tools with you to the job. Mounting hooks on pegboard or setting up several drawers in a plastic rolling cart are other ways to store your tools. Keep them clean, and keep them out of reach of children!