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ToolBox basics

woman posing with toolbox 29 2 12According to researchers from the National Home Improvement Show, around 70% of women are now tackling DIY at home. If you’re not armed with the necessary kit, here are the essentials a budding DIY goddess needs:

Cordless drill
Great for drilling holes into walls and wood without the inconvenience of a cord that doesn’t reach. Newer models pack quite a punch, and have a variety of attachments that are removed or replaced easily from the chuck (the part that grips the drill bit), so as not to slow you down.

Electric sander
Use this to rub away old paint, wood and even wallpaper with lightning speed, leaving garden fences, doors and walls looking smooth and ready to varnish or paint. Look for a model that has a dust canister included, so you don’t have to bother with the vacuum cleaner when the job is done.

Battery-powered screwdriver
If you don’t have a drill (they usually come with screwdriver attachments), opt for a battery-operated one. They are small, lightweight and powerful, and because they have no cord, are great for both indoor and outdoor use. They get the job done quicker than your arm ever could!

Nail gun
These drive nails into wood and other materials with the push of a button, saving your thumbs from the dangers of a misplaced hammer, as well as freeing up time. Using one means you could be close to finishing in the time it takes to manually tap in a nail.

This article was first published in at home with Sarah Beeny in December 2011. [Read the digital edition here]

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