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.

claw hammer


This is an excellent general purpose hammer that can be used for a wide range of tasks from knocking in a picture hook to nailing a fence panel or lifting a floorboard. The claw can be used to extract rusty nails from salvaged timber. Choose timber, steel or fibreglass for the hammer handle, but if heavy use is anticipated, go for a rubber handgrip for comfort and safety.

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