Buying Tools; it'll Save You Cash in the Long Run

Focus DIY have compiled a report of British consumers, and have reported "a whopping 84% of DIY enthusiasts admit to using kitchen cutlery to finish a job, while 43% use their fingernails and 24% use pennies. Some of those unable to find the right tool chose to use a nail file instead (14%), with 13% choosing to use shoes and 4% trying oven gloves". It seems that we British believe it'll save us cash to use whatever we can find lying around than actually buying the right tools for the job.

Toolbag with power tools

I'm not sure where you'd fall in this survey, but I have to admit to blushing as I type this as I definitely see a few previous DIY-behaviours of my own listed.

However, as has been my own personal experience of using power tools and DIY, it often ends up costing me more cash to get the job finished properly than it would have done had I 1) bothered to learn how to properly use the tools 2) used the correct tools for the job.

The report backs this up;

More than one in 10 people surveyed had to pay for an expert to fix their haphazard DIY attempts, with a massive 80% of those shelling out up to 100 for a professional job. Almost one in five admitted to paying more than 150.

As you'd expect, the report concludes with the advice that we should but the butter knife back in the drawer and buy the proper tools for the job. We'll save money in the long run.

What's been your experience, either clearing up messy DIY jobs for a customer, or mistakes you've made by not using the right tool properly for the job? Let us know in the comments or on Twitter or Facebook.

We've produced a series of "how to" videos to help you get acquainted with choosing and using power tools.

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