The 10 essential tools for DIY enthusiasts (even those for Sunday)

The 10 essential tools for DIY enthusiasts (even those for Sunday)

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Whether you own or rent, there will be plenty of opportunities to use your handyman skills at home. While some seem to have been born with a hammer in hand, others fear having to make a simple hole in a wall. They also have the best excuse: they don't have the right equipment. Because we think it is our duty to help the Sunday handyman, here is a list to compose to have the perfect tool kit, ready to help with all small jobs.

The drill

Even if your accommodation does not require any modification on your arrival, you can never escape the drilling of holes in your walls. This can be used to hang frames (even if other techniques exist), to fix furniture to the wall or to mount them. Before buying your drill, determine the nature of your walls: hard materials such as stone, brick or concrete necessarily require an impact drill. Also be aware that bits are not always supplied with the drill, so this will be an additional purchase.


The screwdriver is one of the classic tools that serve everyday. Without it, you can't even change the batteries in your alarm clock! With the screwdriver, we put a lock, we assemble a kit furniture or we dismantle speakers. A single screwdriver is not enough, it is better to equip yourself with a set bringing together the different sizes and shapes (flat, cruciform, precision, etc.). The other solution is to equip yourself with an electric screwdriver which requires less effort for the handyman.

The hammer

If I had a hammer ... Yes, you need one! If its main function is to drive the nails, it can also be useful for small services such as unlocking a block or opening a can of paint. The hammer said of the carpenter is the most common, preferably take a nail puller version so you can also use it to remove the nails. If you intend to carry out tiling work, choose a mallet, more suited to the situation.

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Drill a hole, the b.a.-ba. for any handyman

The key

Or rather the keys because there are many and it is obvious that one can not meet all the DIY. First there is the adjustable wrench, the most versatile since its wheel allows the adjustment of the opening. Flat wrenches of various sizes are useful for loosening nuts and bolts. Finally Allen keys are necessary for many pieces of kit furniture. Even if you don't intend to do any plumbing work, all of these keys are essential if you have a problem with heating or water.

The cutter

In addition to the scissors (also important), a cutter helps you in cutting work that requires both precision and strength. It is used to cut threads, to cut vinyl floor or carpet or to open a package. Choose a model with a locking wheel for more security.

The clamp

In reality, there are two types of pliers to own. First the cutting pliers which, as the name suggests, can be used to tackle wires or small nails. The universal pliers can duplicate the adjustable wrench but it remains more effective for holding small objects. There is still the wire stripper which is very useful for small electrical work.

The meter

It is an ally (of size!) For all your DIY work. Any good handyman knows that work begins with taking precise measures. The do-it-yourself does not support roughly. Under these conditions, the meter is probably the number one tool to have in your tool kit. We can also mention the case of the bubble level but the latter being available today in smartphones, it becomes less necessary to buy one.

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Do not forget to wear gloves for all work.

The saw

Sunday DIYers do not necessarily imagine how much a saw can help. However, it is essential for all small jobs on materials such as wood. We need it to cut plinths, shorten a rod or adjust shelves for example.

The sander

The small electric sander is not superfluous in your tool kit. Its use remains essential when it comes to renovating windows, doors or a worktop. As soon as you have wood in your interior, the sander takes all its interest. When plastering walls, keep the manual sanding method. It is therefore necessary to keep several sheets of sandpaper for this type of task.


All these tools have in common that they are more or less dangerous if they are not used properly. Whether you are manual or rather two left hands, it should always be equipped to prevent DIY accidents. Maximum security saves you from problems but also gives you confidence to start calmly tinkering. Gloves and protective goggles must be part of your tool kit, that cannot be discussed!


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