Top 10 Basic Tools you Need at Home


Luke Van Dyck says you don't always need power to do odd jobs around the home.


1. Spirit Level $10 - $20

For any task required level to be even, including hanging pictures.

2. Hand Plane $16 - $175

For planing down sticky doors and dressing timber

3. Carpenter’s Hammer (with curved claw) $15 - $50

Claw for pulling out nails and a flat head.

4. Retractable Tape Measure $10 to $40

8 metres in length, increments in mm, easy to carry

5. Shifter or Adjustable Spanner $10 to $80

Great for tightening and loosening all different size bolts around the home.

6. Hand Saw $10 to $45

Hold with a pistol grip, let the saw do the work, don’t force it through the timber.

7. Chisels $10 to $140 a set

Keep them sharp, used for housing out hinges for doors, and trenching out timber.

8. Stanley Knife $5 to $15

Great for cutting carpet and plastic, best with a retractable blade for safety.

9. Screwdrivers $10 to $45 a set

Need a Philips and flat head, good idea to buy a whole set, to fit most screws.

10. Cordless Drill $50 to $600

The most used tool in any tool kit! Wide price range, but quality comes with price.

Look after your tools properly and they will last for many years.


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