- 90 degree cranked
- Not to be confused with swmbo
- Holds a set of hex shanked screwdriver bits
- Small pocket sized one is handy
Pen & Pencil
Clamps & Pliers
Long nosed Pliers
Pliers for use in very confined spaces
Pliers for fitting and removing circlips
Round nosed Pliers
Type of wirecutting pliers
- Hammer, wire cutter and tensioner in one
- Slotted hinge mechanism allows large sizes to be gripped
- Not often found in DIY use, but give much better performance than standard pliers.
See Knives for more info
- Tough general purpose DIY knife
- Lightweight plastic knife with snapoff blade
- 9mm & 18m blades
The forerunner of the above knife types, these are no longer popular for DIY use.
Craft knife, X-acto knife
These are small knives sometimes used in DIY, but more popular for craft use. The handles look a bit like a writing pen, and the blades used are scalpel blades and other blades of a similar size.
- Many blade shapes are available.
- X-Acto is another trade mark that has fallen into general usage
- More used for DIY surgery than house maintance.
- Useful for removing splinters
- score or cut into soft materials such as lino & vinyl tiles
- Not much use for other DIY tasks, due to little cutting power.
- Finds any angle with card & a pin.
- Much more versatile than spirit level
- The worst ones are identified by pulling on the bristles to see if some come out.
- For fine detail, tight access
- For touchup jobs
Often blunt when bought. Sharpening them makes them work!
Paint Roller, Tray & Sleeves
- Shaping pointing
- Clears holes drilled in masonry
- Quick, easy and avoids a face/eye full of brick dust.
- A bendy straw also works
- Marks wood for drilling
- Loosens rope knots
- Produces moulded timber profiles
- Now replaced by routers & spindle moulders
- Type of hand drill
- Top end of drill designed to be pressed against the chest in use
- Another type of drill
- A very short plane for use on curved surfaces and in restricted spaces
more woodwork hand tools:
Backsaw Bar clamp Bench hook Bow drill Bow saw Broadaxe Bucksaw C-clamp Card scraper Japanese chisel Coping saw Crosscut saw Drawknife F-clamp Framing hammer Fretsaw Froe Gimlet Gouge Gripe (tool) Hand saw Hatchet Japanese saw Keyhole saw Miter saw Mitre box Mitre clamp Pipe clamp Plywood saw P cont. Pole lathe Rip saw Robertson screwdriver Sanding block Saw set Scratch stock Sharpening jig Sharpening stone Shooting board Slick (tool) Staple gun Two-man saw Upholstery hammer Utility knife Vise (tool) X-acto knife, craft knife scalpel
- Most popular hammer
- Nail pulling claws on one side
- Heavier, eg 4lb
Ball pein hammer
- One rounded striking face
- Very heavy hammer
- Long handle
- Used for serious violence, eg concrete breaking
Dead blow hammer
- No rebound
- Hollow head contains shot
(non sparking) hammer
- Breaks bricks cleanly
- Replaceable toolface
- Stainles steel gives less friction
- Stainles steel gives less friction
- Dyson's original ballbarrows are much less likely to sink into mud, giving much easier ride on wet soil, but they're no longer made.
- Enables one person to carry 8x4 sheets
- Power sieves exist now fwiw
- Good idea to keep separate cutters for steel wire and copper wire, as iron & steel wires damage cutters.
- Sheet metal cutting scissors
- Uncomfortable to use
- A much improved design of sheet metal cutter.
Any of a number of designs of wirestripper
Designed for butchers, these make a good small axe for trimming small trees and general gardening. Add some red paint if you want to keep the neighbours away.
- Heaviest of all hand cutters
- Cut rebar, brass locks, bolts, threaded rod, small bar, chain
- Will not cut hardened steel
- Cut tiles.
Pipe cutter - wheel type
- ring turn, eg Monument
Pipe cutter - pvc chopper type
- For repairing small appliances
Hex bit Screwdriver
- The type manufactured for socket sets gives increased torque.
- Ordinary hollow bar fitted over hand tools is famed in industry for assorted safety risks.
- Soldering plumbing
- Applying unmodified flat roofing felt in winter
For sharpening Very large grindstones on broom handles were formerly used for terrazzo. Thank god for power tools.
- Breaking up hard & stony soil
Self Adjusting Spanners
More hand tools: C-clamp Combination square Die grinder Drift pin F-clamp Hacksaw Hand scraper Machinist square Magnetic base Rotary tool Scriber Tongs Tube & pipe benders Vise (tool)
Oil filter wrench
- chain - strap - set of fingers driven by socket bar.
One of the more popular types of hydraulic jack
Other hydralic one used in garages
2 concentric screws, forerunner of the hydraulic bottle jack, not sure of correct name
A very popular DIYer's jack.
Minimum cost jack often supplied with vehicle. The quickest way to remove old unwanted jacking points.
This is a large bag that connects to the exhaust. Exhaust gases inflate the bag, lifting the vehicle up. Used where ground is too soft for other types of jack, such as desert use. The only useful jack for these situations.
More... yet to be put under the right headings
- Substitute for torque wrench
- Small mirror on stick enables seeing into unseeable places
- Strips of mirror out of dead scanners can also be used
aka Drop lamp
- hand held lamp designed to use up your stock of spare mains bulbs
Magnet on string
Mobile to call an ambulance!
- One sheet in each ear reduces noise levels
incl multiway ladder
Cleaning sht link
1st aid kit
Storage cases for small parts
Metal, wire n stud detector
- Beware of faulty ones that don't go off when pointed at yourself!
- A hammer driven screwdriver
- The power tool of the same name is something different
Hot gloog gun
- Bodger's special
Mitre saw, hand type
Tray & towels
- For catching water spilt from CH
For de-flooding house after CH work.
- freezes pipes to enable plumbing. If quick.