What tools do I absolutely need as a do-it-yourselfer? You will find the answer to this question and much more information about the basic equipment of your own small home workshop in this article.
Every household needs a minimum of tools
Set up the new shelf, vent the heater or change the batteries in children’s toys – there are many small tasks in the household for which you need a minimum of tools. A small tool case is no longer enough for anyone who wants to tackle technical challenges beyond that. Whether repair, renovation or conversion, with the right tools , every job is easier, faster and you achieve better results. You will also work safely and comfortably with, for example, high-quality screwdrivers, the right pliers and powerful machines .
The right basic tools
High-quality tool sets at OBI offer extensive basic equipment at a good price-performance ratio.
For every work around the house and garden, it is important that you use the right tool. This is the only way you can work safely and well. A simple as well as practical solution for the basic equipment is offered by high-quality tool sets. The following list shows you which tools you should definitely have around the house to do smaller and larger jobs.
The following hand tools are part of the basic equipment:
- Hand saws and files
- Hammers of different sizes
- Allen wrench and wrench
- Tape measure and folding rule (folding rule, folding rule )
- Screwdrivers in all common sizes and profiles
- Pliers – especially side cutters, combination pliers, needle-nose pliers and water pump pliers
The following are also recommended:
- Eye protection
- working gloves
These power tools are also part of the basic equipment:
Depending on the quality and scope of the tools, you can get this basic equipment from just a few hundred euros. If you want to implement larger projects more often, it is also worth purchasing the following power tools:
- Electric planer
- Hot glue gun
- Angle grinder
- Chop and miter saw
- Circular saw or circular saw
The basic equipment also includes the following consumables:
- electrical tape
- Tissue tape
- Nails for wood and bricks as well as concrete
- Dowels , screws and nuts in the common sizes
Choosing tools correctly
Electrical devices and tools that are used in particular for electrical installation must have adequate protective insulation and bear the VDE mark (Association of Electrical, Electronic and Information Technologies). In addition, tools and machines should have the GS mark (tested safety). This is given to products that have passed a special type test.
For devices that you plan to use frequently, do a field test before buying. Does the drill sit comfortably in the hand? Does the cordless screwdriver have an ergonomically shaped handle? Does the hammer drill have a second handle for better work?
Be critical and rely on quality products , then you will work safely and comfortably. It is usually worth spending a little more on power tools . The investment pays off in the long run. The following applies: the more you use a machine, the more likely a higher purchase price is worthwhile.
Tip: In many OBI stores you can use the OBI rental equipment service to test extensively before purchasing whether the machine suits you and meets your requirements.
Use tool safely
Without regular tool maintenance, even the best tool won’t help you in the long run. And even if you use it for purposes for which it was not intended, you are doing yourself, the tool and your workpieces a disservice. It is also important to avoid accidents. A thumb that is beaten blue is one of the most harmless injuries.
When buying a new power tool or construction machine, let our trained staff in the OBI store explain to you in detail how the device is to be used. Also read the operating instructions and safety instructions from the respective manufacturer and only use the machines and hand tools for work for which they are intended.
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The right protection when working with tools
In addition to choosing the right tool, you can also prevent accidents while doing DIY by concentrating and well-rested as you go to work. But the right work clothing and protective equipment will also help you avoid injuries. In addition, workwear with the right accessories is practical and makes many challenges easier.
A work goggles to protect your eyes from sparks and flying chips or stones when you’re working for example with the cutter or grinder. A dust mask prevents – depending on the protection class – the inhalation of the smallest particles.
When working with heavy and especially noisy machines, it is best to use hearing protection . Also resistant gloves are available at many craft challenges a must. Work gloves, for example, protect you from being cut by sharp edges. However, gloves can be pulled into the machine when sawing or drilling. In this case, you’d better take them off beforehand.
Your clothes should fit snugly while you work. You close shirt sleeves to be on the safe side. Otherwise, there is a risk of wrinkles getting caught in your drill or circular saw.
In jewelry you renounce also very DIY jobs. If you have long hair, tie it back or put on a hat .
Finally, we recommend that you always illuminate your workplace well. Sufficient light – for example from a work spotlight – not only helps avoid accidents, you can also work better and mistakes are less likely to happen.
Care and cleaning of tools
Maintain your tools, then they will last longer and you can work with them more safely and better.
It is important that you take care of tools after every job. Your machines and devices will last longer, you can work better and safer with them and with the right care you will also ensure that possible warranty claims are preserved. Read the respective manufacturer’s information and the operating instructions to know exactly how to properly care for the device or machine.
Also, periodically remove dust from the cooling vents of power tools to keep them from overheating while they are in use. Simply vacuum the dust and other debris carefully with the vacuum cleaner .
You clean hand tools from time to time with a damp cloth and then dry them with a clean cloth.
Store tools within reach and safely
If you keep your tools tidy, you will find what you are looking for more easily. This is especially helpful when things have to be done quickly.
So that all tools are always at hand , clean up your devices and machines immediately after tool care. Make sure that you do not bend the cables of the electrical devices, but rather roll them up loosely. Otherwise the insulation of the cable could break.
Even sharp tools such as knives and saw blades should not lie around. They also belong in a tool case or in their safe place in your own workshop . Arrange them so that you won’t injure yourself if you reach into the toolbox. It is best to wrap sharp-edged tools thickly with paper or fabric. You can also secure very sharp tools and accessories such as drills with a simple cork , for example .