A toolbox filled with quality tools is the perfect gift for a new homeowner. While the tool collection may start with a basic set of tools, such as a hammer, a screwdriver, and pliers, new ones can be added when needed, or purchased for each new project. Over time, a complete set of tools will accumulate. Of course, you will probably need fewer tools if you live in an apartment than if you own a large house. Your requirements will also differ if you plan to use your tools for car repairs.
Learn to use the tools in your toolbox correctly. Whether you’re a do-it-yourselfer or a professional tradesman, the right tools will help make any repair or construction job easier and safer. This Tool Portfolio features a series of tool-related videos.
The two primary tool categories are hand tools and power tools. At one time, only hand tools were available. They generally have simple mechanisms and are great for use in areas where it’s inconvenient to plug in a power cord. Hand tools are often packaged in sets, and they can be carried on a tool belt. Screwdrivers, saws, drills, chisels, wrenches, and planes are some of the available hand tools. Devoted woodworkers often look for antique hand tools for their collections. And for the house that has a sleeping baby, hand tools are quiet!
Power tools help to do jobs more quickly and easily. These tools may require electric power cords, or they may be portable, using rechargeable battery packs. Power tools include saws, sanders, drills, nail guns, and routers, among others. Most of these power tools are available in various configurations. They take up more space and are definitely noisier than hand tools, but they can be used accurately and efficiently with modern building materials.
Use proper techniques and safety precautions when using any type of tool. Consider wearing safety gear, such as goggles to protect your eyes and earplugs to protect your hearing.