It’s Christmas time again, so we thought of some questions we have been asked in the past, with a view to what presents you could buy someone. One of the things that we have been asked (by people moving into their first home) is what is the basic level of tools I should have, especially when it comes to Emergency situations?
Well, here are our recommendations for a basic set:-
• Small 5m tape measure
• Claw hammer
• Insulated pliers
• Good set of screwdrivers
• Including the special electrical test screw driver
• Junior hacksaw
• Stanley knife, with spare blades
• Spirit level
• Small adjustable spanner
This will cost about £60 in all (remember a box) and could be a good present (or just buy some of the bits and supply a list of the other bits they should get / have).
On the other hand, if you have more to spend, for an extra £50 or so , the following items will also be a welcome addition to this basic DIY kit:-
• Set of five good paint brushes: 1in, 1.5in, 2in, 2.5in, 3in
• Roller and tray with three removable roller heads, each for a different paint / use
• Stud detector
• Large adjustable spanner
Then there is the matter of an Emergency DIY kit
Like all emergencies, the DIY type tend to come out of the blue, so you never really know when they might strike. When they do and you have to undertake Emergency Diy, just bear in mind that the key to a fast and efficient solution is being able to lay your hands on a few essential items. This means that besides having them that you place them in logical locations around the home.
We suggest the following simple preparation.
Keep a range of small tools and spares, like the bleed key for radiators, electrical test screwdriver, fuse wire and some pliers, in a kitchen drawer, in a nice little easy to find box .
Remember to have a torch there too!.
This will save time finding your tool box for small jobs, just don't forget to put them back after you have used them though.
You may also consider having a selection of fuses (3 amp, 5 amp, 13 amp), double and single screw in hooks, along with curtain hooks (they are always breaking), a sewing kit and a roll of insulation tape (black).
Oh, and as last thought, have you considered having a First Aid Kit about too?
We are sure that the above gives you a few good ideas about some great Christmas gifts (or at least some interesting stocking fillers).