DIY Basics: Top 10 essential tools for your toolbox

The Top 10 Essential Tools that every DIYer needs


In this short and handy guide we will go through the top 10 must have tools every DIYer should have in their toolbox. These are the essential tools whether you are a DIY novice professional tradesman.


Screwdriver Set

The perfect tools to tighten flat-pack furniture, install sockets & light switches or even crack open your old tins of paint. No toolbox is complete without a decent set of screwdrivers. This expert quality 6 piece set provides the common Philips and slotted blades with an insulated sheath the same diameter enabling access to deep seated screws. Perfect for any setting at only £63.40.


Ergo Plus Slimline VDE Approved Fully Insulated Screwdriver Set (6 Piece)


Tape Measure

Being one of the most inexpensive and handy devices, every DIYer should own at least one tape measure. Tape measures are virtually maintenace free and have many uses when buidling, maintaining and repairing. Enabling the DIYer to quantify the size of any object or the distance between. Safe and easy to use, this Draper Professional Measuring Tape is only £7.91 from TW Tools.

Tape Measure


Draper 5M/16ft Professional Measuring Tape

Claw Hammer

The claw hammer may be one of the most basic hand tools there is but it is also most likely the most essential. Helping DIYers and tradesmen make quick work of nailing, construction and desctruction jobs. The popular claw hammer has a curved claw on the rear of the head allowing the easy removal and prising of nails and other objects. Get this Silverline fibreglass Claw hammer from TW Tools for just £4.67.


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What use are all these tools if you can't see what you are doing? Every DIYer and Tradesman needs a torch or flashlight in their toolbox. For working those late nights in the dark to those 5 minute jobs under the sink, a powerful torch is a must. This Led Lenser torch is so small you can keep it in your pocket, but don't let the size fool you, with a 35m beam, 50 lumens of light and 7h burn time you certainly wont be left in the dark. Also suitable for use in EX zone 0/20 it's a bargain at only £28.30.


Buy the Ledlenser EX4 ATEX LED Torch Zone 0/20 from


Set of Pliers

A good set of pliers should be an essential part of every DIYer's and professional tradesman's kit. Each pair of pliers offers its own unique abilities to cut, snip, tighten or grip while allowing the user optimum comfort. Use them to straighten bent power plug pins, replace old showerheads, cut wiring and get a good grip on just about everything. The Knipex 3 Piece Plier pack, offers 3 of the most commonly used pliers, such as needle nose, flat nose and wire snips. Only £101.78.


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Adjustable Spanner



Buy the 8" Insulated Adjustable Spanner from

Putty Knife



Ergo Plus Slimline VDE Approved Fully Insulated Screwdriver Set (6 Piece)

Junior Hacksaw



Buy the Junior Hacksaw with Powder Coated Frame from


Every DIYer and tradesment needs a quality handsaw. When it comes down to choosing your handsaw bigger teeth are better for softer materials and will leave a rougher finish, while smaller teeth are better suited to harder materials and leave a smoother finish. This 3 piece set of only Draper handsaws includes two 8PPI first fix saws and one 12PPI second fix saw, all with soft ergonomic grips for comfort. Only £28.69 for the three.


Buy the Draper Venom Double Ground 500mm Handsaws (3 Piece) from

Tool Box



Buy the Stanley 19 Plastic Tool Box STST1-75521 from