Can you honestly say you have always used the best and most appropriate tools for each DIY task you have undertaken? The majority of people probably wouldn’t be able to say this. We’ve all used strange and odd items in place of a hammer, most often because we simply couldn’t be bothered to go and find the correct item to use.
There are a couple of caveats to doing this – both of which are obvious when you think about them. For example, using the wrong tools can lead to a heightened chance of having an accident. Secondly, you may not complete the job at hand properly because of choosing the wrong things. Most people would agree that neither of these outcomes is particularly good to choose.
The best way to make sure you always have the right tools for whatever task you are doing is to prepare everything before you start. For example, let’s say you need to do some PVC welding. In this case most of the tools and items you would need would not be found in the average tool box. You might require specific equipment for the specific job you want to do. This could include cabling, solvent or perhaps specific pipes or joints depending on the job that needs to be completed. PVC welding is just one example of a job requiring specific items. Any DIY task will require various tools too – you just need to know which ones.
By checking this in advance you can be sure you will have everything you need. This vastly reduces the chance of getting partway through the job and realising you are missing one or more items or tools. This in turn increases the chance you will be tempted to try and use something else just so you can get the job done.
Every year more than 200,000 people end up at hospital as a result of a DIY mishap of some kind. Not surprisingly many of these incidents are triggered by using tools. As you can imagine, using the wrong tools is just as dangerous as using the right ones in the wrong way. Similarly you should never become complacent using tools you are familiar with. This alone can lead to accidents and injuries, and even a small injury can be avoided in many cases if a little additional care was taken prior to beginning work.
Finally, don’t make the mistake of thinking you can do more than you actually can. There is a lot to be said for trying new things but consider all the requirements of a particular job before you get started. This should help you work out whether you can attempt a job on your own or not, or whether you should enlist the help of someone else to get it done.
There is definitely a lot to think about here, but it is all worthy of consideration. If you end up staying safe as a result, it will be worth your time.