The Self Build Self Help Site

An article from ......................

link to DIY Newbie  site

Tools for home improvements and repairs

When it comes to home improvements, the right tools can make your life a lot easier. They'll help you get the job done quicker and ensure you make the best repairs you possibly can – but what are the most sought after? There are a wide range of gadgets available, so let's take a look at four of the best:

The WX254L: Semi-automatic screwdriver

Finding a screwdriver with the right tip can be rather inconvenient when you want to make a quick-fix. That’s why WORX have developed the soon to be released WX354L , a brand new semi-automatic screwdriver. It comes with two reloadable cartridges that can each hold up to six bits and uses a clever slide-action mechanism to change tips – making it a helpful tool to have around. Although it looks a little formidable, it’s actually quite small and can squeeze into tight spots with the help of an LED task light.

Megapro 13-in-1 Ratcheting Screwdriver

If you're looking for a screwdriver that will fit in your tool box, but still produce the results your need, the Megapro 13-in-1 Ratcheting Screwdriver is ideal. It has on-board storage for 12 screwdriver tips and is designed with a cushioned handle, to make DIY tasks that little bit more comfortable. The precision 28-tooth ratchet design will help you to drive things in faster and the retractable cartridge makes it easy to reload.

Channellock Ratcheting Wrenches

There are many reasons why you might need to use a set of wrenches. From unscrewing the nut on a tap to tightening the bolt on a table they're sure to come in useful, so it’s important to buy a high-quality product. Channellock Ratcheting Wrenches can be found online and can cut down the amount of tools you might need, thanks to the eight ratchet sizes they have. With each wrench containing four sizes, you'll save time, space and money.

25-inch tape measure

In comparison to the other products this may seem a little normal, but it's surprising how important tape measures are. Most DIY tasks cannot be done without accurate measurements, so make sure you have one of these in your toolbox. Stanley’s 25-inch (it measures up to 25 feet, with a one inch wide blade) retractable table measure, for instance, is ideal as it measures the length of most rooms, while still being easy to handle.

A good alternative, for a reasonable price is a laser measure. These can measure down to less than 1mm in accuracy and some have functions to calculate square the square or cube and more.

No matter what project you're doing the right tools are essential, so it's wise to be well prepared before starting any job.