GUIDE ON TOOLS
With the right tool, renovations and spontaneous repairs are easier to handle. But which basic equipment is recommended?
The choice of tools is huge. Which tool is suitable for use in your own four walls? To make the right selection, you should first clarify what you want to use the tool for and how often. Whether spontaneous repairs or planned renovations – with the right equipment you can start right away and finally tackle abandoned projects.
If you use your tool regularly, you should pay attention to good quality when purchasing. So you have something of it for a long time and above all you can work with it well and safely. However, it does not always have to be the professional equipment. If you only need the devices occasionally for minor repairs, you can also resort to cheaper variants from the discounter or DIY store. Often they are also available in the set. However, already assembled tool sets also contain many devices that you don’t need at first. The tool case is then full from the beginning, but in the end it is of no use, because it does not contain the right devices. Therefore, it is best to buy only tools that you really need for your DIY projects and gradually increase your stock individually.
HOW DO YOU RECOGNIZE GOOD TOOLS?
Whether cheap or expensive: The tool must above all be well in the hand. So if possible, test it directly in the store. This also applies to tool sets. Be sure to ask if you can try it out here. If you can’t test it, you should let your fingers go. Test marks such as the GS seal (“Tested Safety”) or awards from TÜV or Dekra provide additional information regarding quality and safety.
Frequently used tools should ideally be made of high-quality material. Tools made of a special chrome vanadium molybdenum steel guarantee a long service life while maintaining quality. This includes, for example, screwdrivers and torque wrenches. Ergonomically shaped handles are also an indication of a high-quality tool and make it easier for you to work.
If you want to buy a hammer, make sure that the head is attached to the stem with a metal ring. It is not uncommon for these to be glued with synthetic resin, which allows the hammer head to loosen quickly. For a good grip, a handle made of wood is recommended – this is also easier to replace. Plastic handles, on the other hand, can break apart quickly. Metal handles, on the other hand, are very sensitive to heat.
FOR ADVANCED DO-IT-YOURSELFERS
Perforated wall systems provide a perfect overview. The so-called tool walls are equipped with hook sets, on which you can easily organize your tool. In combination with bearing viewing boxes, you can also store smaller accessories such as plugs, nails and screws. You can check out ‘sanders‘ if you are looking to purchase a random orbital sander.
For all those who own a workshop or a workshop, the purchase of tool cabinets or drawers is recommended. They provide a lot of storage space and order – even larger tools and power tools, such as a drill, find their place there. They also provide additional protection against dust, for example, when grinding wood.
CLEANING TOOLS: TIPS FOR CARE
If you want to have some of your tool for a long time, you should keep it clean and treat it carefully. Careful cleaning increases service life and mechanical tools remain functional for longer. In addition, cleaning also serves your own safety, as oil residues or the like can quickly slip and injure yourself.
Wet wipes are already sufficient for light to medium dirt. Ordinary detergent also makes dirty spots shine again, and if you’ve discovered rust on your tool, some sandpaper can be helpful. If you only want to remove dust or sawdust, you can also use a compressed air compressor or hair dryer to clean your tool.