5 items you must have if you want to DIY during lockdown

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It can be more affordable and convenient to do things yourself, especially when you have free time. Plus you make sure whatever it is you're working on, turns out exactly how you want it to. Still, you can't fix your house entirely on your own. You need tools. Here are the top five must-haves.


A claw hammer that has a smooth face is strong enough to drive nails into different kinds of walls to build cabinets, put back the broken leg of a stool and build a shelf. The curved claw will be extremely useful for those moments when you drove a nail into the wrong place or when you accidentally bent your nail, and it can't go any deeper. You can even use it to tear apart furniture.

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Screwdriver set

It is just frustrating when you have to open something that has screws and you don't own a single screwdriver. Finding a screwdriver set is just like heaven. Make sure you buy a screwdriver set and store it in your toolbox for those instances when you have to remove varying sizes of screws. They can open metal paint cans and open the battery containers of certain kid's toys. 

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Scroll saw

For all those cutting tasks, you need a top-rated scroll saw. It is like the saw version of craft scissors. It can make curved cuts if you make it. Cutting wood and other things won't take as long and as much of your energy as it would if you were using only a hand saw. Plus, a scroll saw lessens your chances of making mistakes in cutting and having to start all over again.

Reciprocating saw

Have you ever experienced extreme muscle ache or even muscle injury, from using your hand saw? Whether or not you have, investing in a good reciprocating saw will save you the trouble of having to cut things like a carpenter from the Medieval times. It's called "reciprocating" because it automatically pushes and pulls to cut things. It's like a magical tool for DIYers. 

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Measuring tape

You will need a measuring tape when you are planning house projects. It's a no-brainer if you want things at the same height or length.

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You can even base other measurements on what your measuring tape measures, such as estimating the number of paint cans you need for the area of the wall you need to paint.Make sure you store all of them in a secure toolbox, away from water and dirt and in a safe place. This will keep them in good shape for a long time and accessible.

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