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Tools

Using the correct tool for the job makes the work a lot safer and easier but choosing the correct tool is a vast, complex but fascinating topic. Power tools are, in some cases, cheaper than hand tools but hand tools may allow you to do a better job. I find it hard to remember not having a cordless screwdriver.

Never use tools that are damaged or blunt and never use the wrong tool for the job.

Allen keys

Sizes | Types

Benches and work trestles

B&D | Stanley | Ideas for construction

Bricklaying

Trowels | Pointing trowel | Brick bolster

Chisels

Cold chisels:

Sizes | Types | Bolster | Plugging tool

Wood chisels:

Sizes | Types

Clamps

Sash | G | Pump action | Screw | Mitre | Corner

Dowelling jigs

Drills

Hand:

Carpenters brace | Ratchet | Hand drill

Electric:

Features | Power | Torque setting | Reversing | Speed settings
Hammer facility | Mains | Wattage | Chuck sizes | Chuck type |
Cordless | Voltages

Drill bits

Metal cutting:

HSS

Wood cutting:

Dowelling

Flat bit:

Extension

Masonry bits:

Plain | SDSS | Lengths

Reamer bits:

Reamer

Countersink bits:

Wood | Metal

Combination bits:

Drill and countersink

Expansive bits | Plug cutting tool

Extension leads

Reel | Protected | Maintenance | Use

Safety:

Rcd (trip) | Safety plug

Files

Rasps | Surform | Metal | Wood | Half round | Round | Rat tail

Hammers

Claw:

Weight | Shaft material | Uses

Warring pein:

Weight | Shaft material | Uses

Cross pein:

Weight | Shaft material | Uses

Club or lump:

Weight | Shaft material | Uses

Sledge:

Weight | Shaft material | Uses

Lath:

Uses

Mallet:

Rubber | Wooden | Uses

Measuring tools

Tape measures | Rulers | Tri square | Combination square | Sliding bevel

Spirit level:

Short | Boat | Long | Post

Metal cutters

Tin shears | Bolt crops | Angle grinders

Planers & planes

Hand operated | Hand held electric | Bench/planer thicknesser

Pliers

Pump | Electricians | Engineers | Slip joint | Long nosed | Pincers
Grozzing | Wire cutters | Wire strippers

Punches

Nail | Centre

Routers

Electric | Router benches

Router bits:

Shapes | Types

Safety

Ear defenders | Safety gasses | Knee pads | Steel tipped boots | Gloves
Hard hats | Masks | Respirators

Sanders

Hand operated:

Blocks | Cintride

Electric:

Orbital | Random orbital | Belt | Detail | Power files

Saws

Hand:

Cross cut | Rip | Universal hard point | Tenon | Hack | Junior hack
Coping | Mitre saw | Pad (keyhole) saw

Power saws:

Mitre /chop saw | Circular saw | Jig saw | Alligator saw | Chain saw
Table | Radial arm

Scrapers

Skarsten | Shave hook

Screwdrivers (hand operated)

Shapes and sizes:

Dumpy | Ratchet | Electrical | Kits

Screwdrivers electric (cordless)

Features and benefits | Cordless | Voltages | Chuck sizes | Chuck type

Screwdriver bit types

Slot | Pozi | Philips | Torque | Square

Sharpening

Whet stone | Angle guides | Grinders | Grinders with guides
Drill sharpeners | Knife

Spanners

Ring | Socket | Ratchet | Torque | Box | Open ended | Adjustable
Hand operated - screwdriver type | Onto cordless drills

Storage

Tool boxes | B&D | Stanley | Racks | Cupboards | Security

Wrenches

Mole | Stilsons | Basin | Tap | Alligator


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