DIY Projects Done Right – Power Tools & Hand Tools

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You might find yourself asking the question, “Do I really need a fundi (tradesman), or can I do it myself with the help of some clever googling?” It’s a common question that puzzles many in Kenya, and around the world. I’ve got great news, Doing It Yourself (DIY) can save you some money and give you good results; provided you have the right tools and instructions for the job.

DIY can save you money when you are carrying out work in home renovation, interior decoration, gardening, DIY crafts, and more. The best way to save money is to have as much quality information as possible on what the job entails, and more importantly on how to do it right. As you start the task of planning for your DIY project, you’ll need to allocate funds for quality tools.

A well-stocked toolbox can go a long way in making your work appear professional. Buying high-quality tools from the get-go will save you money in the long run, as you will not need to keep replacing them every now and then. You will be able to reuse your tools over and over in multiple DIY projects, and perhaps also in for some Pro ones!

“It is essential to have good tools, but it is also essential that tools should be used in the right way.”
WALLACE D. WATTLES

Getting the right information on how to use a tool properly is critical. To get the best results, and to be on the safe side, always read & re-read the user manual as the first piece of info. This allows you to get an accurate understanding of the functionality and capability of each tool. A great tool in the wrong hands will not produce good work. Take time to learn how to make the best use of your tools, and the results will be excellent.

On our part, we try to bring this information to you through virtual workshops on the BLEA YouTube Channel. We engage the manufacturers of the brands we carry to participate in demonstrating how to best use their products, as well as offer valuable tips and tricks. With the right information and great tools in your kit, you can definitely be able to DIY like a pro!

Essential DIY Tools: What Should I Get First?

One of the first tools to include in your DIY Toolkit should be a hammer. A good hammer comes in handy on multiple occasions in DIY projects. Its application range from driving in and prying nails out, to driving, shaping and breaking stuff.  A good DIY Toolkit should contain most of the tools listed below:

  • Hammer
  • Screwdriver Set
  • Pliers
  • Hand Saw
  • Tape Measure
  • Tape
  • Adjustable Wrench
  • Utility Knife
  • Scrapper/ Putty Knife
  • Tool Box

 

For DIY’ers seeking higher levels of accuracy, more advanced tools are available. These tools are suitable for semi-skilled users:

  • Safety Gear
  • Levels and Squares
  • Drills
  • Work Light
  • Glue Gun
  • Heat Gun
  • Blower
  • Power Saw
  • Orbital Sander
  • Laser Measure

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