Taking DIY Outdoors

by Admin

 Posted on May 31,2016 at 11:04 AM



Spring cleaning and DIY projects go hand in hand, but as we edge closer to summer, you might think that it’s time to down tools and relax in the sunshine. That being said, warmer weather makes us much more inclined to spend time outside in our gardens which for many people merely highlights a whole new set of ways to put those DIY tools to use.

With so many novel ways that you can make-over your garden and outdoor space with minimal effort and minimal time, it won’t be long until your garden is the perfect setting for a summer blowout BBQ with all your friends and family.

So, in order for you to get the most of your DIY tools all year round, we thought we would collate some of our favourite outdoor DIY projects to get you started!

The first step towards making your garden the best place for your family to be this summer is to focus on making it look tended to and cared for. You can find a whole host of garden tools such as lawn mowers, hedge trimmers, and secateurs. We even have weed killer if your flower beds have seen better days.

With your garden cleared of debris and looking much tidier, you can now get started on making it look habitable and more like the outdoor space you’ve always dreamed of.

For some time friendly outdoor DIY project inspiration, please read on:

  • Use a curtain rail systems to give your shade in the garden on those long, summer days. Attach one side to your house and the other to a post or tree. Be careful using your power drill on exterior walls to ensure you don’t drill through any electrics!
  • Cutting big trees down is often necessary but the stump that is left can be cumbersome to look at. With a little bit of imagination and some DIY tools you can transform the stump into a home for gnomes and mesmerise your children
  • Edge sections of your garden with pieces of cut steel piping. Fill with pebbles and small, low maintenance succulents for a unique border
  • Make some DIY citronella candles out of used wine bottles and clamps by drilling to your garden fence to ward off those pests and mosquitoes when you’re outside enjoying the warmer weather
  • Give the kids some home-made entertainment in the form of Giant Jenga, and a mini golf course using some left over pieces of wood and pipes along with some potted plants

For more outdoor DIY project inspiration, please check out this link or these Life Hacks.

With so many ways for you to transform your garden with some simple DIY tools and a bit of imagination, it won’t be long before your garden is as beautiful as the rest of your home.

For all your garden and DIY tool needs, please visit our website. With all the brands you know and love, the necessary and the “would-like-to-have” tools, you won’t find another store like it. For more information, please contact us on 0800 0016 562.

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Tools for your DIY Arsenal

by Admin

 Posted on May 26,2016 at 10:32 AM



One of the best things about having a tool box is the ability to start a DIY project at any given point in time, have the right tools to finish the job and then sit back and revel in your handiness afterwards. Getting creative, fixing things and even passing on invaluable skills to the next generation are all part and parcel of what is it like to own a tool box.

For many, owning a fully stocked box of tools for DIY and other purposes is a signifier that they have made it as a responsible, fully functioning adult. For others, it simply means being prepared for every eventuality. If you don’t yet own any DIY tools, then now is your chance!

Why do you need tools?

First and foremost, a tool box will benefit the entire family. Building furniture, loosening bolts on a new washing machine, fixing the car, the bike and even the lawn mower – you even need a screwdriver to change the batteries on some appliances!

Secondly, you can teach the next generation or even your other half how to do these tasks with you. Not only is it a bonding experience, but it is a learning one, too. It also encourages you to learn new methods and techniques, and put tools to use in ways you didn’t even think were possible.

Which tools are essential for DIY?

As mentioned previously, there are any number of household tasks and chores that require tools, and at some point or another, you will need at least one of them. When looking to buy your own set of tools, there are a few items considered essential.

Of course, always buy the very best DIY tools that you can afford – this will save you having to replace them a year or so down the line.

When looking to stock a tool box, you might consider getting:

  • Philips and Flathead screwdrivers in various sizes. Better yet, get a handle with interchangeable tips!
  • Tape measure
  • Handsaw
  • Spirit Level
  • Stanley Knife
  • Claw hammer
  • Pliers
  • Wrench
  • Spanners
  • Wire stripper
  • Allen keys
  • Power drill
  • Torch

It is also worth ensuring you have a solid, sturdy ladder or step ladder as well as a variety of screws and nails available to save you time should an emergency crop up.

For all these DIY tools and more, please visit our webstore and stock up your toolbox with just a few clicks of a mouse. We stock a wide variety of tools, brand names you will know and trust and offer extremely competitive prices. Please contact us should you require any further information.

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Part 2: There’s Always Room for Improvement!

by Admin

 Posted on May 19,2016 at 05:04 PM



“It takes half your life before you discover life is a do it yourself project.”

– Napoleon Hill

So, now that you have got your home renovation done by the professionals, what about those niggly bits you are often left with, post-improvement? It is always good to remember, that nobody will complete any job in accordance with our very own personal standards or expectations, but that’s where Tool Devil comes in.

Now, first thing’s first, when learning a new skill, it is important to educate yourself on the basics of it, at the very least. The more you know, the better the result. Although, saying that, sometimes we tend to learn more from our mistakes, but we’d rather get it nailed the first time.

  • To prevent any of those tell-tale creaks and squeaks with your wood flooring, use a construction adhesive. Secure the plank joists with a little glue and make use of that caulking gun for added precision
  • Always check woodwork is done to your specific requirements and try to avoid paying for the entire renovation before you have scrutinised and checked every tiny detail
  • If paintwork is something you have a good understanding in, you are better off doing this yourself and save yourself another expense
  • Ensure visual construction such as skirting boards, coving and any core aesthetic-based work is carried out with ultimate precision
  • Quality most definitely counteracts quantity here, as it is far better to buy the highest quality of tools and materials. Investing in quality tools is a lot more beneficial lifespan wise; potentially saving you a lot of money in the long run
  • When purchasing your DIY tools, always purchase them from a reputable supplier, such as Tool Devil. Check out our online hardware shop for anything and everything you need, here
  • Carpeting the base of your beloved toolbox will make for a quieter environment to work in as well as protection for your DIY tools. Try lightly spraying machine oil onto your carpet base to keep those tools rust-free

It is worth always having the correct tools to hand for maintenance, and, in the event of any breakage and repairs. Remember, sufficient preparation and knowledge can go a long way towards the completion of your home improvement project.

And, to ensure you obtain those correct, top-quality DIY tools, what better place to come than to every handyman’s equivalent of DIY paradise?

That’s right, Tool Devil; we said it, you know you were thinking it!

For further information or advice on any of our products, give our friendly support team a call on 0800 0016 562.

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Part 1: There’s Always Room for Improvement!

by Admin

 Posted on May 13,2016 at 10:56 AM



“If you want something done right, do it yourself!” - One wise man said

Makes sense, doesn’t it? If you’re anything like the perfectionist in us here at Tool Devil, then you’ll be saving yourself a lot of time later discovering those cowboy mistakes and rushed jobs many people have fallen victim to in recent years.

Tool Devil has put together a few tips for those of you out there looking to improve your home. As it’s your property, nobody can do it better than you, as anything less than perfection is not an option you would settle for, right?

Good. Now that that’s out of the way, let’s get you started with some ideas for those long awaited home improvements, shall we?

Now, the bigger the home improvement project, such as the three we have listed below, the more likely it will be appointed to the professionals, but the question is, are they perfectionists?

It is, therefore, of great importance to ensure you are hiring a trusted and reputable company to carry out your project for you. Furthermore, it is always a good idea to get some references for work previously carried out by them, too.

Now, where were we? Ah yes, home improvements…

Conservatory

Many people opt to add a conservatory to their home for numerous reasons. Not only does it provide additional room and light in your living space, but it can also do wonders for increasing the value of your home, too. Many people benefit from this additional room in the house as a makeshift gym, relaxing area, romantic dinners, sun lounging, and so much more. We would, of course, advise you to speak to reputable windows and conservatories suppliers out there, and compare quotes, before settling one a contractor.

Loft Conversion

There are many factors you need to look into before deciding to go ahead with a loft or basement construction. Is your house sturdy enough? Is the area insulated and free of asbestos? What do you currently store in there, and do you have sufficient alternative space for it? Are you adding a bathroom to the extension? Can your boiler cope with this additional feed? Is there sufficient headroom? Will you need the house rewiring for electricity? What about windows and natural light and ventilation? Do you have a means of access to and from the room, such as a safe stairwell? Have you checked current planning and building permission regulations relevant to your area? Adding a loft conversion can add significant value to your home, but unless you choose your contractor wisely, it cost a lot more than you planned, too.

Garage Conversion

Usually the home to your handy toolbox, but with so much more potential besides!

Many people own a garage or even double garage and tend to leave them relatively empty. Whether it is a hassle having to park the car inside and then the whole process of opening and closing the door, or the fact that they simply just don’t know what to do with it! How about converting it into an outhouse or annexe to your property? This could come in particularly handy for when family and friends visit and stay over, or if you need some space where you won’t be disturbed. You could even kit this out with an en suite bathroom facility, or a studio kitchen area with fridge – maybe even both!

Ensure you shop around and get as many quotes as you can before work starts to enable you to make an informed decision on any potential return on investment at resale. It is also important to make sure you are aware of the impact of the additional space on your overhead and utility bills. Most importantly, however – ensure you get planning permission first!

Stay tuned for part two of our home improvement special, where we give you tips on how to use your prized DIY tool collection for the next most important aspect of your new home improvement; maintaining it.

In the meantime, for all your quality woodworking supplies and DIY tool needs, visit Tool Devil today.

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The Right DIY Tools for the Job

by Admin

 Posted on May 05,2016 at 11:25 AM



When it comes to undertaking DIY in and around your home, preparation is vital. Regardless of how big the task at hand is, if you don’t have the right tools to work with, then you’re not going to get very far, whilst also risking injury.

One of the biggest reasons people injure themselves in DIY is because they are using the wrong tool or are unsure of how to use it correctly. Consequently, a vast number of people end up in hospital after attempting a DIY job without thinking it through.

Knowing which DIY tools to use for which jobs is really quite important. By understanding the type of job you are about to undertake, the easier the preparation will be.

Everyday Tools

These are the sort of tools you can find easily in a supermarket or DIY store. Light use tools such as hammers, screwdrivers and pliers are great for assembling furniture, hanging a picture, changing a plug and other minor repairs around your home. They don’t require much skill, just a steady hand and a little precision.

DIY Tools

These DIY tools - the saw, the drill, spanners and wrenches, will be familiar to you if you consider yourself something of a DIY project master. Habitual DIY fans that start month-long projects and are always looking for something else to tinker with, build or create; have honed their skills over many years of trial and error.

Heavy Duty Tools

These heavy duty power tools are made for everyday use by trained and qualified professionals. These tend to be bigger pieces of kit with more attachments that you could ever believe necessary, but they are for serious building and construction work.

As well as ensuring you have the right tools for the job, it is also important to work in a clean, safe environment. With dirty rags, piles of sawdust and tools scattered around, your workspace is potentially an accident waiting to happen. Refuse to be a statistic and tidy as you go, to stay safe.

If you’re interested in any of our DIY tools, then please browse our range here on our website, or contact us for any further assistance. Happy DIY-ing!

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Power Tools: The Basics

by Admin

 Posted on April 25,2016 at 05:29 PM



Whether you like to get stuck into household DIY tasks or work as a tradesman, there are a number of power tools out there that are handy to have around. Not only can they make light work of otherwise long-winded tasks that require power behind them, but they are also extremely good to work with.

Our online hardware shop here at Tool Devil in the UK has a broad range of power tools available to suit your every need, on the job or in your home. There are many discussions and debates flying around about the most essential power tools that anyone can have in their power tool arsenal – so we have decided to settle it, once and for all.

We have come up with a list of the basic power tools available on the market for you to pick and choose from, at will.

The Cordless Drill

As one of the most used pieces in the power tool world, the cordless drill is a long standing member of the power tool basics and essentials. Not only is it a fast and hard worker, but the versatility and lack of a cord makes any task seem like a walk in the park. If you haven’t got one yet, you need to. If you do, you know it’s hard to live without it.

For best results, real power and conviction with use, opt for an 18V cordless drill.

The Hammer Drill

The Hammer Drill is more than just your standard drill. As well as rotating and turning, this drill also hammers the screw forwards, halving the time spent drilling. This is especially important when dealing with harder external walls and tougher materials.

The Jigsaw

The Jigsaw is a multipurpose power tool that is seen as an essential to many tradesmen across the UK and the world, and it’s not hard to see why. With the flexibility to move the saw with you as you cut, you are able to create complex and varied designs with ease.

The Screwdriver

If you have a task that requires a lot of screws being used, then a screwdriver power tool is ideal. Not only does it take a fraction of the time as the more traditional method, but it also allows you to remove and replace screws with ease.

There are many other types of power tool available in our online hardware shop – you need only browse or search the product category list to find what you are looking for.

From basic power tools, through to accessories, other tools for private use and trade consumables, there is something to suit all needs.

Please contact us for more information regarding any of our power tools or to speak to our team about something in particular; we’d love to help.

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Safety First

by Admin

 Posted on April 21,2016 at 03:44 PM



Whether you are in the shed, on site at work or doing an everyday DIY chore around the home; there is one thing you should always keep in mind, and that is to stay safe at all times.

Health and safety rules and guidelines are recommended to keep you free from harm when you are at risk, so it is in your best interests to follow them!

Not all DIY tools come with a user manual; some don’t need them - like a screwdriver, whereas others would really benefit from some instructions for use. Similarly, it is important to know how to complete the task you are about to undertake before you do it! One of the biggest reasons behind accidents in the home is not knowing how to do a job but doing it anyway. Here at Tool Devil, we highly recommend that you do NOT do this.

Accidents Happen

When you’re at work, there will always be health and safety training, various courses to attend, forms to fill out and risk assessments to be completed, all aiming to keep you safe from harm. However, when you are at home or in the shed; there are no forms, no training courses and no risk assessments. This means you need to be extra vigilant, especially when using DIY tools, such as a power drill or circular saw.

It is important to wear safety goggles and protective overalls when using hazardous materials, working with wood, metal, paint, etc. Using the correct safety equipment will ensure accidents are kept to a minimum.

For more health and safety advice when working with DIY tools on a home project, please read this safety guide from the BBC.

There are so many ways in which you can hurt yourself while doing DIY work. It is important to know what needs emergency medical attention and what can be looked after at home.

Should you wind up with a severe wound and bleeding or suspect a broken bone, it’s time to head down to A&E. If you think you have suffered a sprain or strain, then please elevate the limb, add ice to reduce swelling and rest. If the pain is severe and the patient can’t move their limb, please seek advice by dialling the NHS Helpline on 111.

The Bane of DIY Life

While the injuries mentioned above are indeed dangerous situations to be in, they are also relatively rare. What is more common and can often feel just as painful, however, are injuries such as cuts, scratches, grazes and splinters. These pesky injuries can be annoyingly painful when using DIY tools!

If you find yourself with a painful nick, a splinter or a graze, your first step is to clean the area with warm water and mild soap. Pat dry with a paper towel and assess what needs to be done.

In the case of cuts and scrapes, this will involve an antibacterial cream and dressing to keep dirt and bacteria out of the wound.

When it comes to splinters, the most important thing to remember is DON’T SQUEEZE IT! Squeezing can break the splinter and push it deeper into your skin.

Identify the depth, angle and size of the splinter before deciding on how to remove it. There are so many ways of doing this safely with everyday household items; such as a banana, baking soda, potato and some duct tape. For more information on any of these splinter removal methods, please visit this website.

Remember, do not use a needle or anything sharp to remove your splinter without first using these tried and tested methods! You will soon be pain and splinter free!

For more helpful resources and advice, please keep checking back on our blog or browse our website for all your DIY tool needs. If you require any help or assistance, please do not hesitate to contact our customer service team today.

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Tool Box Essentials

by Admin

 Posted on April 12,2016 at 03:35 PM



Long gone are the days when only your dad or grandad would have a tool box in their shed or garage. These days, any respectable homeowner – male or female – needs to have at least the very basics in the way of a tool box, on hand should the occasion arise.

A plug needs changing. You need to put some furniture together. Your daughters’ bike needs to be fixed. Whatever the situation, it is always best to be prepared, and here at Tool Devil, we can help homeowners achieve this. We have a wide range of DIY tools for sale to get you out of a fix.

The Right Tools for the Job

When it comes to any minor repairs and adjustments that need doing, it isn't always economical to call in a plumber, electrician or builder when you can easily do it yourself with a little guidance and the right tools for the job.

We have come up with the bare essentials tool box for you, as a guide, and some other useful accessories that will always come in handy, too.

Top Tip: It is important to remember that when purchasing tools, it is always best to opt for quality DIY tools over convenience and low cost. Make an investment that will last for years as opposed to a cheaper set that won’t see out the year.

Building Your Tool Box

  1. The Claw Hammer – There are a million and one reasons to need a claw hammer, which is why it is top of our list
  2. Tape Measure – It is important to be accurate when doing DIY and the tape measure is part of that
  3. Utility Knife – A sharp blade is essential for scoring and cutting in many DIY projects around the home
  4. Spirit Level – When putting together furniture or shelving, it is important for the end product to be straight and level.
  5. Screwdriver Set – You will need a range of sizes and both a Flathead and Phillips head in your set to get those odd jobs done
  6. Pliers – Standard and fine nose pliers are great for DIY projects
  7. Spanner Set – These are essential for tightening and loosening nuts and bolts
  8. Wrench and Socket Wrench – These are especially useful for DIY projects that require gripping as well as force
  9. Hand Saw – At some point you will need to cut wood or plastic to size, and the handsaw is perfect for this
  10. Allen Keys – No tool box is complete without a set of Allen Keys

The Most Versatile Tool

One of the most versatile parts of any DIY toolbox is the power drill. We sell both Cordless Drills and Hammer Drills – the choice is yours. We have a range of drill bits available on our site for use with these drills, so please do have a browse.

For more information on the essentials items you need in your toolbox, please contact us on 0800 0016 562.

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The World of DIY

by Admin

 Posted on March 09,2016 at 06:18 PM



Changing a plug, unblocking a sink, bleeding a radiator and assembling flat pack furniture are just a handful of ways in which we can undertake DIY odd-jobs around the home. The world of DIY is one that has the potential to be a very satisfying and rewarding process when done right – but often, there are simple mistakes made that can hold someone back.

So, put down those DIY tools and take a moment to comprehend the task at hand. Do you have everything you need, the right tools and equipment to get the job completed, and completed well? If you aren’t sure, then please read on and immerse yourself in the world of DIY as we know it.

Here at Tool Devil, we have access to a vast selection of DIY tools and essentials to help you make some home improvements, so who better to trust than us?

Vital Stats

  • 93% people undertake DIY jobs on themselves instead of calling in the professionals
  • 43% have been injured while working on a DIY project
  • Men are more likely to injure themselves and others with DIY tools when carrying out work about the house
  • 51% of women and 10% of men are not comfortable with the use of power tools in their homes
  • Over a third of people have spent over £500 each on DIY in the last year
  • 50% of DIY projects take over a month to complete

Common Mistakes

The biggest mistake made when undertaking a DIY project in the home is underestimating the time it takes to get a job done. Similarly, misjudging the cost involved in completing the job to a high standard.

Another mistake is based on ego. Many people simply do not have the abilities or know-how when it comes to specific tasks, yet will attempt to fix it regardless, often making the situation worse.

Causing damage to the home is another very common mistake. Drilling into walls, ceilings, and floors unnecessarily, damaging furniture, as well as electrics and water pipes are also popular mishaps.

Not having the correct health and safety equipment to undertake the task safely is a big mistake because when combined with a lack of knowledge in the area, many would-be DIYers become a danger to themselves.

Problem Solved

By assessing the situation thoroughly before picking up your DIY tools and starting work on your home, ensure you have the correct equipment to hand. Whether you need power tools, drill bits, a new hammer or any other tools of the trade, then Tool Devil can help.

Please have a browse of our website and see if we can help stock your tool box and go some way to preventing any DIY mistakes from occurring. For more information, please contact us and we’ll do our best to offer you help and advice along the way.

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BlueSpot Tools Soft-Grip Button Push Turbo Knife

by Admin

 Posted on February 29,2016 at 12:29 PM



Push button locking knife.
Quick change blade mechanism for safe blade replacement.
Lock-back design locks blade securely during use.
Supplied with 5 replacement blades.

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ALM Manufacturing BC045 Chainsaw Chain

by Admin

 Posted on February 29,2016 at 12:21 PM



The ALM Manufacturing Chainsaw Chain has a 3/8in low profile (L/P), 0.043in guidebar slot 0.375mm and low profile (L/P) 1.1mm guidebar slot.

Made to fit: Bosch: AKE30, AKE30-17S, PKE30B and suits saws with a 30cm (12in) bar and chain with 45 drive links.

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Powermaxx Combo Set

by Admin

 Posted on February 29,2016 at 12:09 PM



The Metabo 2.3 Powermaxx Combo Set, contains the following:

1 x 10.8 Volt PowerMaxx BS Quick Drill/Screwdriver has a two stage gear box delivering up to 34Nm of hard toque and a maximum speed of 1,400rpm. The removable 10mm chuck will allow you to drill up to an impressive 22mm in soft wood. The batteries come equipped with Metabo’s electronic single cell protection system, overload protection and overheat motor shut-off.

No Load Speed: 0-360/0-1,400/min.
Max Torque (soft / hard): 17/34Nm.
Capacity: Wood: 22mm, Steel: 10mm.
Chuck: 10mm.
Weight: 0.8kg.

The Black and Decker EGBL188 2 Gear Hammer Drill has the power and speed to drill into masonry, steel and wood. It has an 11 position clutch for perfect screwdriving into a variety of materials with different screw sizes. Variable speed provides ultimate fingertip control for all drilling and screwdriving applications.

The EGBL188 has two gears for high and low speed drilling and screwdriving: First gear provides greater torque and control; second gear provides greater speed. An anti-slip soft grip gives comfort when using the drill.

The Lithium Ion battery holds over 80% of its charge over 90 days whilst idle, meaning there is no need to charge the unit before each use. The spring loaded battery system allows quick and simple battery change and a more secure fit.

Applications:
For all drilling tasks in Masonry and Concrete up to 10mm.
For all drilling tasks in Wood up to 25mm.
For all drilling tasks in Metal up to 10mm.
Building Flat Pack Furniture.
Hanging Pictures, Shelves, Curtain Rails, Blinds.

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Byron C961DVR Wireless Digital Recorder Camera Set

by Admin

 Posted on February 29,2016 at 12:08 PM



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