Women are just as capable of pursuing DIY projects if they set their hearts to it. Aside from the more obvious practical benefits, being your own handyman is also an empowering exercise. There is nothing like the feeling of accomplishment after fixing a dripping ceiling or successfully building a stool for your baby’s playroom.

 

The start of any DIY journey begins with getting the right tools for the job. I’ve enumerated the 10 most commonly used tools below that will help you take on a variety of home projects.

 

  1. Hammer

A hammer is one of the most important tools in your toolbox. In choosing a hammer, you must consider its head weight and grip. A good head weight for DIY-ers is around 16 to 20 oz. As for the grip, steel or fiberglass handles are preferred because they are less likely to break or slip than wood handles.

 

  1. Measuring Tape

Relying merely on sight is not enough when it comes to home repairs. You need to have a measuring tape to get an accurate reading of distance and length. Hanging your frames on a straight line and getting the right table size for your dining room depend heavily on this humble tool.

 

  1. Screwdriver Set

The most basic screwdrivers you can get are the flat head and the Phillips. The diversity of your screwdrivers in terms of head shapes and sizes increases the kind of projects you can work on.

 

4.    Pliers

These tools are used to cut, bend, twist, or tighten certain metal elements. For DIY-ers, the most common pliers you’ll come across are the slip-joint pliers and the needle-nosed pliers. The slip-joint pliers are good for bending flat surfaces or for gripping round stocks like nails and bolts. The needle-nosed pliers are good for bending and cutting electric wires.

 

5.    Wrench

Wrenches are used to tighten or loosen all kinds of nuts and bolts. There are many types of wrenches to choose from but what you need to keep in mind is that a standard adjustable wrench will work just as fine.

 

6.    Plunger

One of the worst things that could happen to your home is getting a clogged sink or toilet. When that happens, you will need a plunger to rescue you.

 

7.    Utility Knife

No toolbox will be complete without a utility knife in its arsenal. It is a heavy-duty tool that can cut through most objects such as wires, linoleums, cardboard, plastic, rubber, etc.

 

8.    Duct Tape

The duct tape was invented in World War II to help keep ammunition dry. Now, it is an essential part of the DIY toolbox and can be used on just about everything – from sealing boxes to mending broken hoses and tents.

 

9.    Ladder

At some point in our lives, we are all guilty of using our chairs or tables to reach the top shelf, paint the ceiling, or fix a busted light. However, we must remember that these objects are not made for that purpose and their improper use may result in accidents. It’s always better to invest on a sturdy ladder to help you get that height advantage.

 

10.    Flashlight

Flashlights are handy not just for emergency situations. They are also essential in getting DIY work done especially in hidden places like cupboards which usually receive little to no light at all.

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