Toolkit Essentials Checklist

13-June-2016

Here at Bradfords, we know building, and we believe that everybody should have their own toolkit. For the trade professional or seasoned DIYer, this will come as fantastic news – although most of these people will already have an extensive collection of tools. For everybody else, it may be at the bottom of your list of priorities. Buying tools that will stand the test of time is important, but for the cost that this involves, it may be easier to buy tools separately. We’ve put together a list of the top tools you need to build your own kit. This is not an exhaustive list, but should be more than enough for a homeowner to safely and confidently carry out any maintenance or repairs that may be necessary. All the items featured are available to purchase on our website, so whether you’re looking for something to do whilst your other half finishes unpacking or you need some inspiration for a last minute father’s day gift, have a look at our list of suggestions below;

1. Claw Hammer

Ox Tools Professional Claw Hammer

A claw hammer has three main functions; hammering in nails, pulling up nails and acting as a lever to pry wood apart. When you’re looking for a hammer, it needs to be reasonably heavy to provide more force and a good swing. This 16oz (or 453.6g for those of you who use the metric system) from Ox Professional is a great place to start.

2. Adjustable Wrench

Ox Tools Professional Adjustable Wrench

A staple of any tool kit, an adjustable wrench is designed to provide extra torque when tightening or loosening things. The beauty of an adjustable wrench is that it becomes whatever size you need, and this offering, again from Ox Professional, has an extra wide jaw to ensure all eventualities are covered.

3. Insulated Screwdriver

Mains Tester Insulated Screwdriver

If you ever need carry out any electrical work, an insulated screwdriver is an absolute must. This mains tester also allows you to safely check if there is a live connection to electricity, making it a non-negotiable item for your toolbox.

4. Torch

Rubber Battery Powered Torch

This is something that all homes should have in case of power outages and tripped fuses. A torch can also be hugely useful when carrying out household maintenance as it allows you to shed some light into the darkest of nooks and crannies.

5. First Aid Kit

First Aid Kit

An essential piece of kit for any home, not just if you’re planning on doing some DIY. This first aid kit includes bandages, plasters, surgical gloves, forceps and an eyewash bath, so you’re covered for most eventualities!

6. Hand Saw

Hand Saw

A real toolbox staple, the trusty hand saw has a number of uses when you’re doing DIY. The teeth on this saw are triple ground and impulse hardened, which is ideal for even the toughest of jobs. The best feature is the soft grip handle though, because it allows you to keep working as long as you need without becoming uncomfortable.

7. Stanley Retractable Blade Knife

Stanley Retractable Blade Knife

A decent knife will enable you to cut and slice through a huge range of things from roofing felt to frayed cables and everything between. The benefit of a retractable knife is that you can safely transport and store it without needing to worry about any accidents.

8. Screwdrivers

Flared Tip Screwdriver

Used to screw in or remove screws, a screwdriver can be handy to have around – whether you need it for putting together some furniture or you’re looking to replace the batteries on something and need to screw the cover off first. Of the drive types available, we’d recommend a flared tip, a pozidrive and a Phillips head to start your collection.

9. Drill

Makita Combi Drill

An essential that really packs a punch, a drill is probably going to be the most costly of your tool kit basics. We suggest that getting a decent combi drill is the best way to get the most from your money in this situation as it will perform more than one drilling function. Usually this will be hammering, impact driving and screwdriving or different combinations of the three options. The Makita offering we’ve featured above does all of the above, and at a fraction of the cost of buying all the tools separately.

10. Tape Measure


Tape Measure

Making sure you’re cutting the right size or that you have enough space is half the battle. This tape measure features metric and imperial measurements so you’ll always know exactly how much room you have to spare. 

So there you have our pick of the most basic tools you need to fill out your toolbox. Have we missed anything off? Let us know what your top tools are on Facebook or Twitter or send us an email at ecommerce@bradfords.co.uk.


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