Set up the new shelf, vent the heater or change the batteries in children’s toys – there are many small tasks in the household for which you need a minimum of tools. A small tool case is no longer enough for anyone who wants to tackle technical challenges beyond that. Whether repair, renovation or conversion, with the right tools, every job is more comfortable, faster, and you achieve better results. You will also work safely and comfortably with high-quality screwdrivers, the right pliers and powerful machines, for example.
The right basic tools
High-quality toolsets at OBI offer extensive basic equipment at a good price-performance ratio.
For every work around the house and garden, you must use the right tool. This is the only way you can work safely and well. High-quality toolsets offer a practical and straightforward solution for the necessary equipment. The following list shows you which tools you should have around the house to do smaller and larger jobs.
The essential equipment includes the following hand tools:
- Hand saws and files
- Hammers of different sizes
- Hex key and wrench
- Tape measure and folding rule (folding rule, folding rule )
- Screwdrivers in all standard sizes and profiles
- Pliers – especially side cutters, combination pliers, needle-nose pliers and water pump pliers
The following are also recommended:
- Eye protection
- Working gloves
These power tools are also part of the basic equipment:
- Electric tacker
- Cordless screwdriver
- Impact drill
- Electric jigsaw
- Orbital sander
- Pick the best 14 inch band saw too.
Depending on the tools’ quality and scope, you can get this basic equipment for just a few hundred euros. If you want to implement larger projects more often, it is also worth purchasing the following power tools:
- Electric planer
- Hot glue gun
- Angle grinder
- Chop and miter saw
- Circular saw, or handheld circular saw
The basic equipment also includes the following consumables:
- electrical tape
- Tissue tape
- Nails for wood and bricks as well as concrete
- Dowels, screws and nuts in the common sizes
Choosing tools correctly
Electrical devices and tools used in particular for electrical installation must have adequate protective insulation and bear the VDE mark (Association of Electrical, Electronic and Information Technologies). Also, tools and machines should have the GS mark (Tested Safety). This is given to products that have passed a special type test.
For devices that you plan to use frequently, do a field test before buying. Is the drill easy to hold? Does the cordless screwdriver have an ergonomically shaped handle? Does the hammer drill have a second handle for better work?
Be critical and rely on quality products, then you will work safely and comfortably. It is usually worth spending a little more on power tools. The investment pays off in the long run. The following applies: the more you use a machine, the more likely a higher purchase price is worthwhile.
Tip: In many OBI stores, you can use the OBI rental equipment service to extensively test whether the machine suits you and meets your requirements.
Use tool safely
Without regular tool care, even the best tool won’t help you in the long run. And even if you use it for purposes for which it was not intended, you are doing yourself, the tool and your workpieces a disservice. It is also important to avoid accidents. A thumb that is beaten blue is one of the most harmless injuries.
When buying a new power tool or construction machine, let our trained staff in the OBI store explain to you in detail how the device is to be used. Also, please read the operating instructions and safety instructions from the respective manufacturer and only use the machines and hand tools for work for which they are intended.
The right protection when working with tools
Besides choosing the right tool, you can also prevent accidents while making home improvement by concentrating and well-rested as you go to work. But the right work clothing and protective equipment will also help you avoid injuries. Also, workwear with the right accessories is practical and makes many challenges easier.
Work goggles to protect your eyes from sparks and flying chips or stones when you’re working, for example, with the cutter or grinder. A dust mask prevents – depending on the protection class – the inhalation of the smallest particles.
When working with heavy and especially noisy machines, it is best to use hearing protection. Also, resistant gloves are available at many craft challenges, a must. Work gloves, for example, protect you from being cut by sharp edges. Gloves can be pulled into the machine when sawing or drilling. In this case, you’d better take them off beforehand.
Your clothes should be snug while you work. You close shirt sleeves to be on the safe side. Otherwise, there is a risk of creases getting caught in your drill or circular saw.
In jewelry, you also renounce very DIY jobs. If you have long hair, tie it back or put on a hat.
Finally, we recommend that you always illuminate your workplace well. Sufficient light – for example, from a working spotlight – not only helps to avoid accidents, but you can also work better, and mistakes happen less quickly.