I think some of my family and friends regard me as a bit of an oddbod because I like to fix things. It’s not that I’m too mean to buy new things but I really don’t like to see something thrown away when it can be brought back to life with a simple repair. Nothing escapes my enthusiasm for mending, be it cars, radios, cameras, DVD players, I’ll mend anything!
But the secret to being a good “fixer” is to have a good collection of quality tools and always use the right tool for the job. Good tools are worth paying for and will last a lifetime if looked after, don’t buy stuff from the poundshop as they may actually prevent you from doing a job properly and could even prove unsafe and they are unlikely to last more than one or two uses.
You don’t have to buy all your tools at once. I tend to buy things as I need them and that spreads the cost out. Remember that the price of a tool is probably a lot less than buying a replacement item or paying for a tradesman to do a job for you. I have nothing against tradesmen by the way, I just like to do stuff myself when I can.
The most essential item in anyone’s toolkit is probably a decent set of screwdrivers. Notice I say “set” of screwdrivers. There are several different types of screw and many different sizes and nothing causes more problems than trying to use a screwdriver of the wrong size. Too big and it will slip and damage the screw, too small and you will not get sufficient leverage to turn the screw.
Some items such as DVD players or computers will require small precision screwdrivers and these are perhaps even more vital to prevent damaging tiny screws.
Good brands to choose are either CK tools and Draper and all of these companies sell their screwdrivers either individually or in sets. They are not the cheapest but remember I said these will last you a lifetime and will pay for themselves many times over.