Types of hand tools?

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Hand tools are essential for any DIY or professional carpentry job. The hammer, screwdriver, handsaw, tape measure, pliers, and wire cutters are common tools. Choose tools based on the job requirements and avoid unnecessary expenses.

Whether you’re an experienced carpenter or just a DIY handyman, you’ll need an arsenal of hand tools to accomplish a variety of tasks. Some are staples of any toolbox worthy of even the smallest jobs, while others are more obscure and task-specific; no matter what job you plan to tackle, you should count on investing in a quality set of tools that will come in handy in numerous situations.

Perhaps the most common and well-known of hand tools is the hammer, designed for driving nails, breaking materials, or pulling out nails or boards. It’s a versatile tool that can do many tasks, but make sure you invest in the right one. The hammers are available in different lengths, which are intended for different jobs. Whichever hammer you choose, make sure it’s a well-constructed one-piece hammer or a two-piece hammer with the head securely attached to the handle.

Other common hand tools you probably already know are screwdrivers. These too come in a variety of sizes and most often in two different standards: cross head or flat head. As the name suggests, screwdrivers are used to drive screws into different types of materials.

While many saws you’ll find in workshops today are powered and motorized, handsaws are still valuable hand tools that should be in any handyman’s quiver. There are countless varieties of hand saws and some are designed to cut specific materials, for example a hacksaw is designed to cut through metal and cut on the push stroke rather than the back stroke which is common among wood saws.

Some hand tools are less glamorous than the ones mentioned above; a tape measure can prove invaluable, however, and save you the hassle of wrong-length cutting boards. It’s useful in any number of situations where you need to measure materials or space in your home. The pliers can pinch and pull stuck bolts, bent metal, or any other material that requires a firm grip that your hand can’t provide. Wire cutters are the savior of electricians everywhere and make cutting wires super easy. They also allow the electrician to strip the wires of their casing, exposing the metal filaments inside.

The hand tools you will need will depend on the jobs you intend to tackle. An electrician may not need the same tools a carpenter will, so be sure to consider what your specific needs will be. A carpenter might need chisels, but an electrician probably doesn’t. Conversely, an electrician might need a voltmeter, but a carpenter probably doesn’t. Choose your hand tools carefully to avoid spending money on tools you won’t use.

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