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Hacksaw - large and small
Wood saw (crosscut saw)
Cheap, use and throw away (builders) or sharpen (impossible but 'green'). Western ones cut both ways (directions of stroke), Japanese ones on pull stroke. Includes felling saws and buck saws.
Also has a 90 degree stock which is useful for right angled lines if set square not to hand.
See mitre box below.
Circular saw (danger!)
Can be used for wood, and with nail-cutting blade, demolition; abrasive blade, can saw through metal and masonry.
Angle grinder (danger!)
As above, hand held.
Craft or utility knife (Stanley knife)
For bits of plaster and filling jobs.
Electrical stripper pliers
Has a cut-in groove to enable easy stripping of sheath from wire
Has grooves to aid grip
Mole grip (locking pliers) Pipe wrench
Socket wrench set
For levelling edges or surfaces of wood.
Wood chisels, get a good set
Heavier model for busting through things.
Crowbar (wrecking bar)
Large for generally smashing up things
Smaller for skirting boards and trim etc.
Allen key set
Get a big one as it is always the one you don't have that you need
String and chalk. Draws straight lines
Aluminium are light and strong
Portable scaffold set or rig
Small set for painting outside and ceilings
Also solvent cleaners and thinners etc.
Wide soft brush to get air out of newly laid wallpaper. Don't forget enough wallpaper paste.
Spirit level - long and short
1 metre and 9 inches. (Yes I know that is mixed units)
A long spirit level also comes in handy as a drawing rule, with a built-in set square.
WD40, oils etc, electrical cleaner etc.
Extendable tape (lockable)
Has angles and is useful.
Mitre box (miter box)
3 sided open topped box with cuts in for 90 and 45 degrees for cutting skirting boards, planks etc at correct angle. Slots are saw blade sized. Some have clamps. Often made of strong moulded plastic.
Wood panel used on a woodworking bench (specialist work bench) to trim and square edges of boards and wood panels.
Not what you turn to, but a gripping devices that acts as extra arms, very strong.
Electrical insulation tape - various colours
Sellotape (clear tape) - just in case Keep a large supply of these (5 reels) as tends to run out just when shop shuts.
Brush and pan
Rubber electrostatic brush
These are excellent for fine particles and general use.
Professional wet / dry vacuum cleaner
Henry (the one with the face) is a good make and very tough. Useful for all sorts of things including clearing floods (yes has been used for that!)
Protective sheeting. Large sheets to place over floors, furniture, they can be attached to ceilings to section off a room to prevent mess spreading etc. Can be muslin, cloth or plastic, various sizes. Floor sheets are harder plastic which can be run over by wheel barrows etc without damage.
Essential for a professional job, to prevent clients and family going mad about the mess.
Bucket and mop, clothes, sponges
Electrical volt and amp meter
Extension cable, cord and 4 way (or similar)
Electrical mains cables, often on a reel. Multiple outlets at end, or in a block, with individual switches with indicators.
Those weird things you get for Christmas. Contain fold-outable (extensible) screwdrivers, pliers, ear pickers etc. Keep around for fun.