If I had a hammer….

With the bank holiday’s coming up later this month, the thoughts of many will be turning to this year’s home improvements.

The Easter break is the equivalent of Christmas for DIY stores in the UK and, with William and Kate giving us an extra bank holiday this year, home improvement is going to be high on the agenda in the final weeks of April.

Of course, whatever you are planning on doing to your abode this spring, be it something as simple as a new shelf or a full room redecoration, you are going to need the tools for the job.

Knowing where to start when it comes to tools isn’t as easy as it might seem, particularly if you are starting out with a rather sparse toolbox. In some cases, you might not know what you actually need until you rip open the packaging on your flat pack furniture. If that’s the position you find yourself in, consider a tools starter kit.

This Precision Tools starter kit contains everything that you need to perform all of those simple tasks and minor repairs around the house, without spending a fortune on expensive equipment or even more expensive tradesmen.

This kit contains everything from a 760watt 13mm corded hammer drill, which makes light work of jobs such as putting up shelves and pictures or hanging doors, through to an impressive selection of hand tools includes spanners, pliers, screwdrivers, a metal claw hammer, maul grip, tape measure, spirit level, trimming knife, wood saw, drill bits, chisels, file and hacksaw. There is even a heavy duty carry bag to store them in and at just £69, it represents fantastic value.

Whilst a selection of hand screwdrivers can be great, it can be tough on the hands if you are using them repeatedly on a big job. In such cases, consider this Bosch 3-6v Screwdriver IXO 4, which comes with ten precision screwdriver bits to cope with almost any size or head type.

This quality electric screwdriver features a soft grip for a better and more comfortable hold as well as a Li-Ion battery and charger for quick and convenient charging.

Finally, because we will all be praying for good weather other the bank holiday, it might also be a good time to spruce up the garden.

There is a new range of Flymo lawnmowers hitting the shelves this year but we have picked out this Compact 330 mower as one that combines quality and value.

The hover motion lifts this versatile lawn mower off the surface of the lawn, allowing the grass to be cut in any direction with an easy sweep, whilst four cutting heights let you trim your lawn just how you like it.

A 1500watt motor and large 33cms metal cutting blade mean this Flymo hover mower is ideal for tackling bigger jobs and the large 30-litre grass box means less emptying for a quicker job.

All we can do now is hope for some fantastic weather and some inspiration over April to really get started on this spring’s home improvements.

5th April 2011
Written by Very_Lauren