12 Best tools for DIY beginners.

Today I decided to write this article for the beginner DIYer. A lot of entry-level DIYers often wonder what tools they should own to be able to fix common problems around the home. In addition, they wonder what consumables they should buy in bulk and just have; but that`s a blog for another sunny day.

This blog will only highlight 12 of the most important tools and power tools you should own as a newbie or entry-level DIYer. When buying tools you must always consider a range of things like ease of use, user comfort and value for money just to name a few. Like and subscribe to our YouTube Channel to watch relatable educative DIY tutorials with a sweet touch of lekker South Africa.

The list below is a great start when you’ve decided to buy tools and power tools you should have in your garage. There’s no need to buy all the things at once. But funds permitting, the following list would be ideal.

Before we jump into it; let us take a moment to point out the fact that you need to have a basic medical kit in your workshop or garage or backroom. There are many types of first aid kits available to choose from. Just bear in mind that “an effective first aid kit provides plasters, bandages, scissors, tweezers, and antiseptic wipes, as well as burn ointment, eyewash, and gauze pads. (The last are ideal for placing over grazes to prevent infection.) In addition to these basics,” Sander Solutions goes on to also say that you must try to get a first aid box big enough to store other items specific to the risks of your workplace and pursuits.

1 – Tool Box

Toolboxes and cabinets are generally constructed with plastic and/or metal materials. Drawers can be included and can sometimes be removed completely for easy access and refilling. Most tool cabinets and boxes have handles for lifting and moving and slots for labeling. A good toolbox usually has lots of space and is lightweight.  Chose one with a removable top tray, so you can store more items in its lower subsection. The addition of rollers on boxes and cabinets, especially large ones, allows for portability in-home or work environments. See this toolbox selection guide by Global Spec

2- Spirit Level

A spirit level is a tool used to indicate how parallel (level) or perpendicular (plumb) a surface is relative to the earth. A spirit level gets its name from the mineral spirit solution inside the levels. For a guide on how to read/use a spirit Level click here 

3- Measuring Tape

A tape measure or measuring tape is a flexible ruler and used to measure distance. It consists of a ribbon of cloth, plastic, fiberglass, or metal strip with linear-measurement markings. It is a common measuring tool. Don`t know how to read a tape measure? Click here to get a free tutorial.

4- Combination Square 

A combination square is a multi-use measuring instrument which is primarily used for ensuring the integrity of a 90° angle, measuring a 45° angle, measuring the center of a circular object, find depth, and simple distance measurements. It can also be used to determine level and plumb using its spirit level vial. If you need a guide on how to use a spirit level, take a look at our information page. The versatility of the combination square ensures its dominance over any other square in its class. A good guide on how to use is available for free… Click here


5- Drill (Cordless drill)

When it comes to electric drills, there are cordless, or battery-powered, and there are corded. According to John W. Cordless drills rely solely on the battery for their power source; corded drills plug into a power outlet. Both types of drills are used by contractors and handymen for specific needs. Each type does essentially the same thing, but each is better in certain circumstances. So, which one is better between a Corded Drill and a Cordless Drill? Click here to find out! Remember you need drill bits as well. 

6- Hammer

A hammer is a handheld tool used to strike another object. It consists of a handle to which is attached a heavy head, usually made of metal, with one or more striking surfaces. There are dozens of different types of hammers. The most common is a claw hammer, which is used to drive and pull nails. Click here to view the selection guide for the various types of hammers. 

7- Clamps 

clamp is a fastening device used to hold or secure objects tightly together to prevent movement or separation through the application of inward pressure. Eg. After you have glued parts together the clamp will be the right device to hold the parts together until dry. Click here to find out about the various types.

8-  Angle Grinder

An electric angle grinder is a hand-operated tool that is powered by electricity and is used with several attachments for grinding, cutting and polishing. Although it can be powered in three ways- through a petrol engine, compressed air or an electric motor for many reasons it is much better for you to get an electric angle grinder. To find out more about the angle grinder, Click here

9- Staple Gun

Used for upholstery, decorating, crafts or construction. At some point you will need this. So, it would be ideal to buy one hand staple gun and begin learning how to use it.  To learn more about the staple gun, Click here

10- Socket set & Screw Drivers

A socket is a tool that attaches to a socket wrench, ratchet, torque wrench or other turning tools in order to tighten or loosen a fastener such as a nut or a bolt by turning it. One of the most common places you see sockets being used is in automotive garages, where they can be used with turning tools such as ratchets, torque wrenches or impact wrenches. The socket and turning tool are used to tighten or loosen nuts and bolts on vehicles. For more information on this Click here 

11- Goggles 


Why risk losing precious eyesight when wearing safety glasses or protective goggles can keep your eyes safe for a lifetime of good vision? All About Vision

12- Extension leads 

Heads Up* Corded Power tools often come with a somewhat short cable. 



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