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The DIYer’s Toolkit: An Intro to the World of Home DIY

by Gloria Louden
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Everyone acquires skills in life as they learn and grow. These skills are usually learnt during your education, and then applied in the workplace. From spreadsheets to editing, to data analysis and more. And as we age we usually learn new skills as well as retaining our existing ones.

But what about Do It Yourself skills, or DIY? DIY is a handy way to fix, mend and upgrade your home or yard, without the expensive labour cost of a handyperson or tradesperson. 

In this article, we’ll unpack the DIY toolkit and share an introduction to home DIY. Let’s get started!

Get the Right Tools

To begin, you’ll need the right tools for the job. You can begin with a circular saw, and here’s a useful list of other tools you’ll need:

  • Hammer
  • Power drill
  • Power impact driver
  • Nail gun or staple gun
  • Wrenches
  • Spanners
  • Screwdrivers
  • Allan keys or hex keys
  • Adhesives, silicon and gap fillers

Whilst not exhaustive, this list is a good start for anyone interested in delving deep into the world of DIY building and repairing. You’ll also want to invest in a bunch of screws, nails, rivets and other small bits and pieces which will set you up as a DIY expert.

Store Your Tools

The next step is to figure out a method for storing your tools. Most people are happy with a toolbox or tool cabinet, and these are fine for most folks.

But if you’re super organised, you might consider a wall-mounted pegboard, with hangers for your tools. This is a great way to see all your tools at once and you can easily reach what you need, and know that everything has its own space. 

Tutorials Are Your Friend

For most DIY jobs you can achieve around the home or yard, there is a tutorial available online. If you’re a person who learns through watching, check out YouTube videos on the particular job you’ve got at hand.

If you prefer to read, you can usually find a DIY how-to guide written up somewhere online.

When it comes to learning how to DIY, Google is your best friend and teacher.

Start Small

When starting on your DIY journey, don’t try a huge job for your first attempt. If you have dreams to convert your garage into a multipurpose room – hold off for a moment.

Starting a huge job without some skills and experience usually means you’ll get overwhelmed and make mistakes.

Start with small, achievable tasks and build your way up to the big jobs. As your skills grow, so will your confidence, and before long you’ll be able to tackle those massive jobs like room conversions. 

Ask For Help

The key to a true DIY maven is that they know when to ask for help. Some jobs will take two people to knock over, and calling in an expert is not something to be ashamed of. 

If there’s someone in your life who knows what’s what when it comes to DIY – make sure you ask them to share their knowledge. Most DIY folks are happy to lend a helping hand.

This way, you are keeping a learning mindset, which will set you up for DIY success. 

A Crafty Conclusion

In this article, we’ve shared an introduction to the world of DIY. Start by collecting the right tools for the job, and storing them securely. Make sure you watch and read tutorials to learn, and always start with smaller jobs to save yourself from becoming overwhelmed. Finally, don’t be ashamed or afraid to ask for help – it’s how you will learn. 

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