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My toolkit top 10!

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Illtellyouwhatswhat10 Wed 22-Mar-17 18:20:22

Yup, here are my faves:
At number 10 - Long metal ruler
Number 9 - Sticky tape (all sorts)
Number 8 - Stanley knife
Number 7 - Hot melt glue gun
Number 6 - Claw hammer
Number 5 - Vice!
Number 4 - Flat head screw driver
Number 3 - Long nosed pliers
Number 2 - Bradle
And coming in at Number 1, for the XXX consecutive week - Retractable tape measure!

eyespydreams Wed 22-Mar-17 18:56:39

Ooh this is interesting. I have most of these but not hot glue gun - what kind of thing do you use it for?

wowfudge Wed 22-Mar-17 18:58:28

Ha ha - I like a gimlet, a spirit level, an electric screwdriver, stud detector and milliput.

Oblomov17 Wed 22-Mar-17 19:03:32

Best thing :
Snap on screwdriver - all the bits live inside, you unscrew the end, on the rare occasion you need another bit. Fabulous.

Oblomov17 Wed 22-Mar-17 19:03:55

Forgot picture!!

Crumbelina Wed 22-Mar-17 19:29:27

Agree with everything on your list.

I love my cordless DeWalt drill, multi-tool and my laser distance measurer (like what estate agents use smile).

We're renovating an entire house and so I've told DH to buy the best tools money can buy given how much we're saving on labour costs.

supercue Wed 22-Mar-17 19:57:40

It's surprising how often my craft tools come in handy for full size DIY, scalpels in particular, and artist brushes.

DH doesn't look after his tools, so as it's me that does 99% of the DIY, I've gradually acquired a complete set for myself. I have 2 beautifully organised tool bags that I keep them in.

Lovely sharp chisels are a favourite and my rechargeable jigsaw.

Illtellyouwhatswhat10 Wed 22-Mar-17 20:02:28

I use my glue gun for model making and DR finds all sorts of practical uses for it - eg sticking his custom made shoe inners ☺

Illtellyouwhatswhat10 Wed 22-Mar-17 20:03:16

Oops I meant DH (typos bah!)

PigletJohn Wed 22-Mar-17 22:26:12

Where's your spirit level? And the drill?

ChuckDaffodils Wed 22-Mar-17 22:31:46

Tape measure
Cordless drill (DeWalt)
Sanding block with good quality sandpaper on a roll.
Pozi and Phillips screwdrivers
Japanese pull saw
Good set of paintbrushes (large, medium and small which get thoroughly washed each time)
Masking tape
Filler and scraper/filler widgets
Small paint roller and tray, the tray gets used even when painting with brushes
Double sided sticky tape

My top 10.

ExcuseMyEyebrows Wed 22-Mar-17 22:32:00

My favourite tool is a tack lifter - great for opening paint tins, prising things apart and actually removing nails.

ExcuseMyEyebrows Wed 22-Mar-17 22:33:26

Oh yes, tiny paint roller and tray - best thing for painting doors and touching up walls.

thenewaveragebear1983 Thu 23-Mar-17 18:12:20

We have a swappy-head screw driver that is the most used in our kit. Tape measure, small hammer, big hammer, Allen keys (for curtain rails etc). I also have a staple gun which I use a fair bit.

Decorating kit - frog tape is my number 1, plus my very expensive pointy top edging brushes.

General- my pressure washer. I've just today stripped the paint off a garden bench with it!

MissBeehiving Thu 23-Mar-17 18:47:26

Gaffer tape
A decent scraper

wowfudge Thu 23-Mar-17 18:59:30

Add a Stanley scraper - great for tidying up paint from glass and cleaning cooker doors.

TondelayaDellaVentamiglia Thu 23-Mar-17 19:01:27

those Japanese Pull saws are fucking fab-u-lous! I have the bigger one and the smaller one, both from lidl

Qwebec Thu 23-Mar-17 20:12:27

1. electric drill and screw driver
2. pneumatic nail gun
3. retractable measuring tape
4.electric saws (different types)
5, belt sander
5.big stapler
7. paint brush

the numbers are wrong because I added as I remembered
Quality tools are essential if you are planning to use a tool often, it's the difference between enjoying to use them or not. For 15 minutes per year cheap is perfectly fine.
My only complaint is big electric tools are so expensive! But they are incredible time savers.

MrsMogginsMinge Thu 23-Mar-17 20:20:55

I have a lovely multipurpose decorating tool. It's a scraper, filler knife, paint tin opener and roller cleaner all in one. I also have a special pencil that I use for DIYish things. And a laser level. Deep joy.

TeamRick Thu 23-Mar-17 20:31:44

My Philips screwdriver definitely comes in at No 1!

didireallysaythat Thu 23-Mar-17 20:36:48

Impact driver and a chainsaw. Make and break.

Illtellyouwhatswhat10 Fri 24-Mar-17 10:27:22


Many years ago, a group of us were on holiday in Bulgaria and we'd hired a car. Went to a large city for some shopping and we were on the way home, with a fully loaded up car and 4 people.

Roads full of potholes (NB it's getting more like Bulgarian roads in our country but that's another discussion) - and lo and behold, the car hit one.

One tyre completely deflated but luckily the car had a functioning spare. But the wheel nuts were so darned tight that with all our best endeavours and using correct tools, the wheel was not going to budge.

Cue DW40 that we had purchased amongst all the other goods. One good spray of all the wheel nuts ... and ta-dah! Wheel came off, and we could replace with the spare and get home!

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