The everyman’s DIY kit – 10 must-have items

by Jamie Wilson
DIY kit

Reviewed & fact checked: May 17, 2023 by Jamie Wilson (BA)

You don’t need to be an accomplished plumber or joiner to attempt repair jobs around the home. Every self-respecting gentleman should have a basic kit, even if DIY is really not your thing. From the most essential tools to other must-haves for the toolbox, make sure you have these ten items at the ready, and you’ll be able to solve most everyday issues on your own.


Yes that most basic of tools is of course, a tool kit essential. Even if your only DIY objective is to hang a few pictures around the house, you won’t get far without a decent hammer.


Not just one either, you need a selection of both flat-head and cross-head screwdrivers. If you don’t expect to do too much DIY, you could just buy a multi-head screwdriver that has one handle and a selection of removable ends. But these are generally not as high in quality as standalone sizes. Ideally, you will need four; two sizes for each screwdriver type.

Locking pliers/vice-grip pliers

This type of plier is a super versatile, adjustable tool that locks into position, making it easy to move, tighten, loosen, or remove fittings such as bolts, nails, screws, and even pipes. Locking pliers are also useful for holding parts in place.

Multipurpose spray lubricant

A good old can of spray lubricant will solve all sorts of issues with ease. Whether your bike needs a bit of grease, you have a jammed drawer, or you have a creaky door, it’s so easy to fix with a spray lubricant. You can also remove gum from shoes, crayon marks from walls, candle wax from the carpet, and even fix stuck zips.

Strong glues

You’d be amazed at how many jobs and quick fixes can be completed without any tools and with just a little glue. Different glues have different uses. Super tough super glue is sometimes the only answer, but polyurethane glue is ideal for joining rough materials and filling small gaps. This detailed guide will help you understand exactly when and how to use it.

Sandpaper block

This seemingly simple piece of equipment is surprisingly helpful. Essential for sanding down plastered or filled patches before decorating, it’s also a great way to sand down bits of stained or damaged furniture before revarnishing. A good sandpaper block will have different types of grit on each surface, which adds to its versatility.

Premixed filler and putty knife

If you don’t fancy your chances of mixing plaster and not making a mess, we highly recommend buying a pre-mixed tube of filler and keeping it handy. There’s no easier way to fill holes and cracks. You’ll also need a flexible putty knife to apply it, then simply leave it to dry and sand it down with your sandpaper block. 


Set a good example to the kids and those around you by investing in and using PPE. This includes goggles, gloves, and an air filter mask. These simple items really do protect you from avoidable mishaps, and even from serious accidents.


As well as a hammer, vice-grip pliers, and a selection of screwdrivers, you need the fittings they’re designed to work with. A good collection of nails, screws, bolts, and nuts are all absolute essentials. 


Like the one you use for your bike, this nifty tool will help you in a myriad of circumstances. As well as offering a few screwdrivers, it usually has a selection of Allen keys too.

These low-cost, easy-to-find tools are all you need for a basic DIY kit. It’s as important as your grooming tool kit (which should include the perfect back groomer and a reliable hair dryer). With these ten basic items, you will be able to complete pretty much any small job around the house, which will not only save you money but give you a sense of proper satisfaction too!

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