Work Like a Pro: DIY Equipment You Should Always Have on Hand

 If it seems like some people can fix anything, they pretty much can. And although it requires skill, talent, and experience, it’s really not a magic trick. Here’s the secret: It’s all about the equipment.

With the right tools and resources on hand and in your hands, you can handle routine chores like a pro. For more significant projects, having the basic tools on hand can help you make temporary fixes until you can implement more permanent solutions.

So what do you need to work like a pro?

It does depend on the type of work you expect to do most often. You’ll need different items to repair your kitchen sink as opposed to when you change a timing belt in a truck, for example. Many tools, however, do serve multiple purposes, and with the right DIY skills, you can often devise some sort of solution, even if it is only as a temporary Band-Aid.

If you need a medical bag of sorts for tools, following are what some people consider the “bare-bones basics.”

  • 50-Foot Extension Cord
  • Tool Belt
  • Eye and Ear Protection
  • Cordless Flashlight
  • Cordless Shop Vacuum
  • 3/8″ Cordless Drill
  • 6 1/2″ Cordless Circulating Saw
  • Hacksaw
  • Miter Saw and Block
  • Corded Jig Saw
  • Common hand tools such as hammers, pliers, wrenches, vice grips, tin snips, and Allen wrenches
  • Miscellaneous small items like nails, tacks, screws, and sandpaper

Once you see how easily and effectively you can do almost anything with the right equipment, you will enjoy adding a variety of tools to your collection.

Where to Store Your Tools

Naturally, you’ll also need a place to store and protect your tools. Many folks keep their tools at home in the garage or shed. Others keep them on the truck, their mobile office in a manner of speaking.

But the downside is that they can be stolen and will be more susceptible to the elements, leading to rusty tools. Be sure to invest in a high-quality, secured, and lockable storage component for your tools.

In 2008, former automotive engineer Paul Chapman started a business with the storage needs of truck owners in mind. Today, Stowe Cargo Systems can help you with your tool storage requirements through a variety of cargo storage solutions custom-made in the USA for virtually all American trucks, so you can be assured your needs will be met.

For more information, check us out online or call us at (248) 795-2240.