7 Essential tools for making DIY easy

A surprisingly small number of tools can cope with a wide range of repair and maintenance jobs around the house. Here are 7 essential tools to have in the house.

combination pliers


There are many different types of pliers on the market. Each one is designed for a specific task, but the most useful are combination pliers. These feature a pair of flat, serrated jaws for gripping, as well as sharp-edged cutters for slicing through wire. Pliers are extremely versatile, but it is never wise to use them for removing nuts and bolts, as these can easily be damaged by the pliers serrated jaws.