Where can I get craft tools

Basic tools for do-it-yourselfers

A tool case should stay in use for many years. It is therefore worth equipping it with high-quality tools. The motto is: "If you buy cheap, you buy twice". Unfortunately, neither detailed product descriptions nor material information such as "made of chrome-vanadium steel" or the gloss do not reveal the quality.

But if you pay attention to a few crucial details that we reveal to you here, you can no longer go wrong when buying tools and freely choose what is better in your hand. Or you can select a specific manufacturer and create a uniform set.

Must-have 1: screwbendreher

There is something about screws everywhere. A do-it-yourselfer cannot do without a good screwdriver set. Screwdrivers with the most important sizes and tips should be included in order to be prepared for almost all screwdriving tasks. Slotted screwdrivers are only suitable for the conventional slotted screws.

Pay attention to Screwdrivers Always make sure that the tip or blade and the screw head go well together.

For Phillips screws it is even more important that the blade tip and screw head must fit together. We recommend two screwdrivers each for Phillips and Pozidriv cross recesses (in sizes 1 and 2). Pozidriv screws have an additional drive cross and are mainly used as chipboard screws.

Screwdriver for larger Phillips screws and those that are used more and more frequently Torx screws best to buy when needed.

Good two-component handles ensure better power transmission. A hexagonal blade or a hexagon on the blade base for an open-end wrench makes it easier to loosen stuck screws.
By the way: The black tips of some screwdrivers are not a quality feature, but are due to manufacturing technology.

Must-have 2: Allen keylüssel

The Allen key or commonly known as an Allen key is also part of the basic equipment of every do-it-yourselfer all over the world. The Hex bolt is used for fixed connections on bicycles, for example. Compared to a Phillips screw, an Allen key can do that ten times the torque withstand.

Common Allen sizes are 2–10 mm, the most common being the 4, 5 and 6 mm keys need. The purchase of the original Allen key would be worthwhile for these screw sizes.

These are priced well above the simple models, but you also get a sophisticated design in a material quality that is second to none, ergonomic handles for optimal power transmission and a guarantee of ten years.

Must-have 3: screwingkey

Wrenches are mainly used for Loosening or tightening screws with hexagonal heads needed. A set of around eight to ten combination keys in sizes between 8 and 17 mm is recommended as basic equipment. Combination wrenches have an open-end wrench on one side and a ring spanner on the other, so you are prepared for any eventuality.

When buying a wrench, look out for one known brandand go to your dealer. This is the best guide to avoid getting cheap cheap goods.

Do-it-yourselfers who want to screw on bicycles or other companions can expand the basic set with open-ended and ring spanners according to their special needs.

Ring spanner with wave profile the screw heads grip the flanks and prevent the corners from being turned round, especially with very tight screws.

Professional screwdrivers also like to use it Socket wrench sets. Pay particular attention to a high-quality ratchet, also known as a ratchet. The simple ratchets with push-through square and twelve teeth are particularly robust.

However, those with a switchable working direction, finer toothing, locking mechanism and additional joint are more convenient.

Must-have 4: Foxestail

The foxtail is one practical "all-round saw" for the rough with usual leaf lengths of about 35 to 50 cm. Simple foxtails usually have an open or closed wooden handle, but today many are also equipped with a plastic handle. There are multi-component handles that improve ergonomics and thus make work easier.

These will too especially for left-handers offered. If you have good foxtails, you can change the saw blade and replace it with other types of saw blade. The teeth of the foxtail saw blade are set for better chip evacuation and cutting performance.

If you have good foxtails, you can change the saw blade. With a carbide-tipped saw blade, the foxtail is then suitable as a replacement for special saws, also for sawing aerated concrete blocks and other building materials.

Usually will Boards, squared timbers or planks shortened with the foxtail. Once the saw has cut into the material, it guides itself through the wide saw blade and enables straight cuts. With an appropriate guide, the foxtail can also be used to saw mitres.

For finer cuts of wood, however, a shorter one is used Fine saw with reinforced back and simple handle needed. In combination with a miter box, it is also suitable for precisely angular cuts from small baseboards, picture frames and other wooden moldings.

Must-have 5: Pagenschneider

Unlike scissors, in which the two blades slide past each other, a side cutter cuts with one Bite cut like the good old pincers, which are also known as cutting pliers.

The two cutting edges of the side cutter hit each other directly and snap a photo Wires or nails from. Other materials like Rubber or plastic can be separated with a side cutter.

The cutting edges of the side cutter must be hardened, especially for cutting iron and non-ferrous metals. Inferior diagonal cutters quickly have nicks in the cutting edge after cutting nails, for example.

You should leave such products at the hardware store right away. It is therefore best to do the nail test before buying a side cutter. Depending on the material to be cut, the cutting edge can have a different angle.

The industry therefore also offers a range of special side cutters for special areas of application at. The standard version is sufficient for use at home. So-called power side cutters have a different leverage ratio, which should enable easier cutting.

Thick plastic handles, which make cutting easier, are advantageous. Handle lengths, distances between handles and handle courses should be coordinated in such a way that the hand has the optimal leverage available at the moment of the greatest force requirement.

Must-have 6: Hammer

The hammer is a classic among hand tools that should not be missing in any household. In Germany it is Engineer's hammer with wooden handle the standard tool for Driving nails and also for light chiselling work.

Hammers with a head weight of approx. 300g are suitable for most work around the house. For light work, for example to hammer in wire pins for picture frames or other thin wooden strips, a second, smaller hammer with a head weight of 100 g is recommended.

When buying a hammer, look out for one solid attachment of the handle in the eye of the hammer head. A clearly visible wedge sleeve is a quality feature. If, on the other hand, the eye is covered with paint, caution is advised. Who knows what the manufacturer wants to hide underneath? High-quality hammers often have a handle protection sleeve, which additionally strengthens the connection between hammer head and handle.

In the chutes of the hardware stores and supermarket chains you will always find hammers that make your head wobble!

Such dangerous products it is best to report it to the trade supervisory authority immediately, or at least to the store management, because if the hammer head comes off the handle while working with such a tool, it can become a life-threatening projectile.

Must-have 7: Keysselzange

Pliers multiply through theirs Leverage human strength and are therefore well suited for gripping and holding different workpieces and screws. As a particularly useful pair of pliers, key pliers with parallel, smooth jaws should not be missing in the household.

You can to gentle screws on chrome-plated fittings as well as universal wrench replacement be used. The distance between the jaws can be easily adjusted to the desired size thanks to the simple quick adjustment at the push of a button.

There are key tongs in different sizes. While for the household the medium size with 250 mm length and up to 46 mm working area is best suited, it is worth purchasing a smaller version with a length of 180 mm and a maximum jaw distance of 35 mm as a practical tool kit for two-wheel fans - motorized and non-motorized.

When using adjustable pliers, make sure that there is adequate protection against trapping. It should never be possible to squeeze the two handles so far that they can pinch your fingers, for example when slipping off a workpiece.

Must-have 8: Stahlbandmass

A roll-up tape measure, usually made of hardened spring steel or stainless steel, is another indispensable part in the workshop. Steel tape measures in Lengths between 2 and 5 m. Tape measures for outdoor use are also available with a length of up to 100 m. In the case of steel tape measures, the tape is rolled up in a metal or plastic cassette. The scale is printed on or even etched so that it can be read easily at any time, even under tough conditions.

The beginning of the tape is usually provided with a small slider. This can be attached to the outside of the workpiece to be measured. With some tape measures, it can be inserted for internal measurements. Most tape measures are on the roll side two reading levels. For simple distance measurements, the user reads the distance directly in front of the cassette. For interior measurements, where the length of the cassette is taken into account, the measured distance is often displayed in a window.

Steel tape measures usually correspond to the Accuracy class II (Tolerance ± 1.1 mm for 3 m or ± 1.5 mm for 5 m). When buying, look for the corresponding symbol (II) at the beginning of the tape. The known folding rules (folding rules) made of wood or plastic usually only correspond to accuracy class III (the tolerance is ± 1.4 mm at 2 m).

Must-have 9: Small hacksawge

Small hacksaws with exchangeable saw blades, mostly as "Puk saw" are available in different versions with a simple wire bracket, with a stronger bracket and handle made of wood or plastic or with a handle that can be swiveled into the saw bracket, known as a pocket saw.

The saw blade is either hooked into the handle by pressing it together, or the handle is first relaxed by turning the handle before the saw blade can be hooked in. Before you buy, try out whether you are comfortable with the Saw blade change get by, usually the more expensive saws have an advantage here. These "Mini saws" are mainly used for work in metal and plastic, less often in wood.

Nevertheless, practically all materials in the household can be cut with the fine-toothed saw blade, and there are special saw blades for wood. In contrast to other hacksaws, this saw does not work with push but with pull. Therefore, the sharp teeth must always point towards the handle.

Whom the approx 15 cm saw blade length If the puk saw is not enough, you should get a metal hacksaw that is not only longer, but - with Special sheets equipped for different materials - also more efficient.

Must-have 10: Compliers

As the name of the combination pliers suggests, these are universal pliers that multiple functions united. The combination pliers are characterized by different gripping surfaces at the tip and in the middle and also have a cutting edge for clipping off soft wires.

The combination pliers also hold nails when hammering into the wall and thus help to avoid fat thumbs. Since combination pliers are particularly popular for electrical work, they are often used in tested VDE version offered and are then tested 10,000 volts.

But since laypeople should keep their hands off electricity and dangerous electrical work, the money is better spent on branded pliers that are not too small. The quality of combination pliers is often shown by their cutting properties. Therefore can a simple cutting test Quickly separate the wheat from the chaff on a soft steel wire.

The wire should be easy to cut with good combination pliers, and of course no nicks should be left in the cutting edge. When buying pliers, make sure that the pliers move easily. It should be possible to use pliers with one hand at any time. Stiff pliers that require both hands to open should be thrown away. For special applications, too, the range of products offered by the industry is now so large that there is a special solution for almost every problem.

Must-have 11: Wwater scales

A spirit level is the ideal measuring tool for determining and marking horizontal and vertical lines. It is worth the money for a high quality, at least 60 cm long spirit level to spend.

Today, such spirit levels usually have a body made of light metal or plastic. In many models, the sole is precisely ground. The standard spirit levels have two vials for Application of horizontal and vertical lines, some additionally at a 45-degree angle.

The dragonflies are the heart of the spirit level and also determine the quality. The weaker the curvature of the dragonfly, the easier it is for the air bubble to move from one side to the other. The air bubble may only be in the middle of the two markings on the level if it is in an absolutely horizontal position. It is relatively easy to check spirit levels. To do this, place the spirit level on an approximately horizontal surface and look closely at the position of the air bubble in the level.

Now take the spirit level and turn it once by 180 degrees so that the left leg is now on the right. If the air bubble is in the same place again, the spirit level is OK.

Must-have 12: Advicesch

A ratchet or ratchet is that most important part in a socket wrench set. This is what you should pay close attention to when purchasing. The simple ratchets with push-through square and twelve teeth are particularly robust.

Those with switchable working direction and fine toothing are more convenient. In any case, the quality of these ratchets has to be right, otherwise the mechanism inside is the first thing to fail.

The right size depends on the size of the nuts or the side length of the square: 1/4 "(inch) is the right choice for screw sizes 4–14, the 1/2" ratchet is suitable for 12–34 . Metal handles look sturdy, but a non-slip handle is easier to work with.

If you don't want to look for all the parts individually, you will find high-quality tool sets at a fair price here:

Must-have 13: Cuttermesser

A sharp blade is essential in a tool kit, so this is one of the best Cutter or carpet knife also part of the standard equipment. If the blade is worn out, it can be broken off gradually and then replaced entirely.

The shaft will continue to be used. Shanks with fixed blades, which can be turned once before changing, are a second variant of the box knife.

As with so many tools, the same applies here: The one-euro offer made of plastic, only with a metal guide rail for the blade, will definitely do its job a few times. For frequent use, even after years, it is best to create one for yourself Cutter with metal housing and ergonomic handle at.

Must-have 14: taschknife or multitool

MacGyver always had it with him and it should also be one for the do-it-yourselfer constant companion be: the Swiss Army Knife. In addition to knives, screwdrivers, bottle openers and files, there are almost countless other functions and equipment variants.

The Original Swiss Army Knife still stands for Swiss quality and is produced exclusively by two companies: Wenger and Victorinox. Imitations are usually made of inferior steel.

Instead of a pocket knife, you can use your toolbox with a Multifunction tool for example from Leatherman. The handy tools combine up to 21 tools in one tool, including pliers, knives, bit holders and files.

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