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Tips on Carrying out a DIY Job with the Right DIY Tool

Published on: 02/02/2011
Last Updated: 13/06/2022
DIY Jobs

Why are DIY jobs so popular? DIY (Do it yourself) jobs are not restricted to just home decor or repairing a home item . Most people also carry out DIY jobs on their cars and fix them. But in this article, we will be discussing home renovation. Adding space to your home or improving existing living conditions can be traumatic . But it doesn't have to be if you know the basics of a DIY job.

DIY jobs are still a consumerist approach and are one of the best ways to contribute to a greener environment and reduce our use of raw materials. One of the most important notes before starting a DIY job is to keep your eyes wide open and to spot unexpected or hidden treasures. So don't be shy to ferret around your garage, attic or backyard. There are many DIY Tools available in the market which can be very useful in order to successfully carry out a DIY job. Paint can be used as a medium, and colour can be used as inspiration. Even the blandest furniture piece can be updated or restored to fit into your home decor. Clever brush strokes or paint can transform any old item into a new one.

For instance, if you have a table with damaged areas like chipping, you may need special attention before proceeding. Serious damages need more than wood filler which cannot be successfully built up. You may require epoxy putty to build up damage chipping and wood filler to touch up and smooth over any smaller blemishes and damaged areas. If you are renovating cabinets, replacing old handles with new one would be an important job, as handles are the only things that wear out and get corroded as time passes . Tip: To replace handles you need to place the masking tape across both the handle's fixing points. Then mark your fixing on to the tape and fix them.

Safety First

The first step to doing any DIY work is making sure that you are safe and protected. Basic steps to DIY safety include:

  • Use basic protection. Get yourself a pair of quality safety glasses, some gloves, dust masks, and earmuffs, for the more dirty and noisy jobs.
  • Be responsible with tools. Be sure to read the safety instructions for any power tool that you intend to use and ensure you are well-versed on how to use it.
  • Buying quality tools can aid to your safety by not breaking or malfunctioning and potentially causing an accident.
  • Keep organised. Being messy can make accidents and mishaps more likely. Keep your tools organised in a toolbox, and use compartment trays and bottles for little bits and pieces, like screws and nails, that you might step on.

There are many DIY tools available in the market

There are some cool DIY tools that you can gift, and they would be a perfect gift to DIYers and gadget guys. These tools come in very handy in order to complete a successful DIY Job and would be an ideal gift for DIYers. To name them one would be:

  • 18 Volt Half-Inch Cordless Compact Lithium-Ion Drill Driver Kit
  • All in one sure Grip Laser Level
  • 18-Volt Half-Inch Compact-Tough Litheon Drill/Driver
  • 10-inch Compact Job-site Table Saw with 16 Inch Rip Capacity
  • Super jaws Workbench
  • Flare Adjustable and Flexible Tripod Flashlight
  • 18 Volt LXT Lithium-Ion Cordless six-and-a-half-inch circular saw kit
  • 115 Piece Home Repair Tool Kit
  • Sportsman Extreme 300 Luman LED

Types of Hand Tools

There are various types of tools which come in use in our day-to-day work. One of the most important hand tools we require in our daily lives is a screwdriver set. The other tool that comes in handy is a hammer and a drill. Although drill is not a hand tool, it's a power tool. A drill is one of the most commonly used power tools and comes in many varieties.

Hand Tools

Other Types of Hand Tools that comes in our day to day use are :

  • Aviation Shears
  • Nibblers
  • Axial Grips
  • Nippers
  • Sharpening Stones
  • Bolt Croppers and Cutters
  • Pincers
  • Pliers
  • Cutters
  • Nail sets
  • Screw drivers
  • Saws
  • Scissors
  • Scrapers
  • Multi Tool Set
Types of hand tools

There are lots of UK-based websites to help with your queries on tools and practical DIY . While buying the tools, it's advisable to go into a store and handle the products. If you know what you want, we have a full range of DIY tools. All sorts of DIY power products, including drills, jigsaws, routers, and hedge cutters, are available at our walk-in store, and we stock all the tools from all the leading makers, including FLYMO, BOSCH, DeWalt and Black and Decker.

Information about Jigsaw – Jigsaw is a Power Tool

A jigsaw has a reciprocating blade that moves up and down automatically as it cuts and is highly manoeuvrable to cut straight and curved lines. Use it to customise a solid wood bookcase, for instance, by shaping the sides or back piece with a smooth curve. It is also an invaluable tool for installing a cat flap and takes the effort out of cutting laminate flooring to fit. This model has a pressure trigger, so that you can control its speed. It will never run away from you and has low vibration for easy cutting. The handgrip is comfortable, and there is an easy-release trigger to change the blades.


Different Types of Power Tools

Technology has provided some amazing tools over time, and it powers tools that are the everyday DIY enthusiast’s best friends. A huge amount of power tools are available, made for almost every imaginable task.

Different Types of Power Tools

Power Tools

What are power tools?

A power tool is powered by electricity or by a battery. These tools are mostly used in construction and around the house for various DIY jobs. There are many types of power tools available in the market, but in this article, we will discuss popular power tools.

Angle Grinder is one of the most popular tools available in the market. It is fitted with a diamond blade, and it’s a convenient tool as its small blade is perfect for the intricate cuts needed for outlet opening or the curved holes around a tap. It'll cut just about any stone or ceramic tile.

Stubborn Screw Driver - It serves as a handy element with a diamond blade fixed to it, with the small-sized blades that are ideal for the cuts which are intricate and necessary for the outlet or for the tap with holes around it that are curved. It is capable of cutting any tile made up of ceramic or even stone. Yet another tool that has been popular is the driver for screws. Sometimes screws get corroded, and it becomes difficult to undo them or remove them with a regular screwdriver. Such screws that are stubborn need a special driver, which can prove to be an ideal choice, for the driver forces the tip extremely deep into the slot of the screw head and twists the screw to the extent of 20 degrees.

Electric Screw Driver

electrical screw driver

If you own only one power tool, it should be an electric screwdriver. It is not only useful for screwing shelf brackets to the wall with the correctly shape bits, but it is also perfect for putting flat-pack furniture together quickly and easily. Electric screwdrivers are light weighted and comfortable to use. Tiny but powerful, electric screwdrivers feature a new kind of battery that holds its charge for months, so it is ready whenever you need it. There is also a built-in light, so you can see what you're doing when working inside a cupboard.

Hammer Drills – Goes through anything

Hammer Drills

Hammer drills are quite effective, and they drill even through tough materials, and hammer them as well to make the drilling process faster. The advantage of using a hammer drill is that it drills faster than ordinary drills and does not burn up the drill.

Fast Screw Guns

Screw Guns

Fast screw guns feature automatic-feed screws. The advantage of this tool is that you don't have to handle individual screws. The screws come in strips that you feed into the gun. You can adjust the depth of sinking screws and have different settings for different types of screws, making it a versatile tool.

Impact Screw Drivers

Impact Screw Drivers

Impact drivers make great drills. With small bits up to a quarter inch or so, it acts like a drill but nearly twice the rpm of most corded drills. And when you fix bigger bits, they kick into high torque mode, and you can easily bore a big hole with a small driver. There is one more important tool, which is also when carrying DIY Jobs, which are torches. Below we have given complete information about Torches.

Information on Torches


Just point at the spot you want and have a bright light spot on at your fingertips. It’s that effortless . Innovations have done the magic for one and all, to get light whenever and wherever you want. Although it may be a utility to dispel the darkness at a particular spot of choice, it has dispelled the biggest hazard of not having light while mobile or travelling long distances.

Today, almost every household has this device to illuminate homes, offices, workplaces and so on, as and when required, to carry out many minor to major tasks in light, without any difficulty, in case of several emergencies, including power failures.

Torches, or flashlights as they are also known , have had a long history, chronicling back to the 19th century when light was introduced. It was none other than Thomas Alva Edison who invented and patented carbon filament electric light in 1879. That was a revolution, for it brightened the world and gave many more scientists the inspiration to develop flashlights. In 1884, Charles Beck invented the incandescent lamp, which was commonly used until fluorescent flashlight bulbs came into existence. In 1890, John Irwin introduced the Portable Electric lamp.

Information on torch

In 1903, Conrad Hubert, whose original name was Akiba Horowitz, discovered the flashlight, a cylindrical casing comprising a lamp and batteries. In 1898, the first D-cell battery was introduced by the National Carbon Company, which was specially designed for flashlights. W. H. Lawrence of the Brush Electric Company founded the National Carbon Company, which would supply necessary articles like motor brushes, rods - commonly used in carbon-zinc batteries and carbon-arc electrodes required for electrical devices.

In the same year, the electric light was very much in use, which also served as the light source for the torch or flashlight. The carbon filament electric light invented by Thomas Edison could illuminate for up to 1500 hours. By then, the industry transcended, evolved and leapt quite ahead with advancement, and was controlled by General Electric and Westinghouse.

By 1910, nickel-plated tubes were introduced, a major development in flashlight technology. It was used to balance vulcanised fibre and complement the discovery of tungsten filament bulbs. Apparently, vest pocket tungsten flashlights were on the prowl, dominating the industry, along with house lamps, search lanterns and candle lamps getting populous in the market due to their usage.

Today, it’s the trend of LED technology flashlights that are dominating the market like never before. They were supposedly expensive until a few years ago, hence, they were not a preferred domestic solution, nor were they used in households. But nowadays, the LED flashlight has become convincingly reasonable and affordable.

The LED flashlight is an ideal replacement for the fluorescent ones, for they are very compact; though they are smaller in size, they are highly energy efficient, provide equal brightness, consume the same amount of battery life; also, tremendously powerful.

If you don’t want to bother with batteries, you can get flashlights that recharge simply by shaking them. If you can find one of these “forever flashlights”, it could make an extremely useful addition to your DIY tool set.

Sarabeth Asaff

Sarabeth Asaff
Sarabeth Asaff is a former kitchen and bathroom designer who now works as a home and garden industry writer and expert. She has a working knowledge of all areas of the home improvement industry, and specialises in functional design and material advice.