All of us wanted to be a handy person at one point in our lives. Be it because we’ve seen some amazing DIY project or simply because we needed something to be fixed (and quickly). In order to achieve the noble title of a rookie in this game, you must first know the basics. Think of this as a sort of a quick lesson in the theory of handiness. First stop: the tools you use.
The game of tools
Most of us will know the difference between power and hand tools. It’s simple. Power tools are the electric tools, whereas hand tools are those easy-going-everybody-has-them tools. Which ones you will (have to) use depends on the work that needs to be done. It’s pretty safe to state that if your interest goes as far as to just fixing minor issues in your home, a nice set of hand tools is enough. If you are a crafty person, however, you might also want to consider having some power tools laying around as well.
Power tools offer speed which is important especially for bigger works. They also require you knowing how to use them properly to avoid injuries. Hand tools offer you a job better done. Doing things by the hand will make whatever you’re crafting (or fixing) way better than power tools. Some works simply go easier with hand tools. There are always some small, tricky parts and pieces that are better off to be done with precision rather than speed.
No need to say that the best option would be to have the necessities from both groups. We’ll talk about these tools in greater detail some other time.
Matter of investment
It seems natural to presume that hand tools are cheaper than power tools. And if you are not kin on woodworking and craftsmanship, you’ll be using your tools occasionally. There is no need to invest a lot of money in shiny new power tools if they are just going to be put on the shelfs, never to be used. Plus, hand tools are much safer to use and easier to get accustomed to and maintain.
Tools do (not) make a handyman
It’s important to know each piece of the tool you have. To understand what it’s for and what it can do. There is no need to fill your garage up with fancy new brands just to pursue your dream of being that DIY guru you want to be. Investing in tools should be done the smart way. For starters, assemble the basic – the necessary tool box every household should have.