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Hand tools

If you want hand tools that get the
job done properly, then JCB have
everything you need.

Designed to world class engineering standards, the JCB range of hand tools is tough and reliable – making easy work of any task.

The JCB partnership with B&Q brings you all the information you need to get the very best from your hand tools, including how to guides, instruction manuals and much more.

You’ll find all the tools you need to complete an expert DIY job here.

FAQ

General Tools & Equipment

Modern tools and equipment allow you to complete home improvement projects more easily then ever before. Yet despite all the new technology and design, the basic principles and techniques have not changes. With these essential tools you will be able to measure, cut, fix, assemble and finish most jobs.

Maintain Order

Tool Box Most of us buy tools, haphazardly, as and when we need them. It doesn't take long to find that you need a storage box to keep them all safely in one place. Tool boxes, bags, belts or trays make it easier to carry and protect your tools. Be particularly careful how you store cutting edges in a tool box - keep and use the plastic guards that are usually fitted to new saw and chisel blades.

Storage Box Every fixing requires a specific nail, clip, screw or bolt, often in combination with matching plugs, washers and nuts, if you keep them all sorted in storage drawers they will be easy to find when you need them. Many tool boxes have combination tool trays, compartments and drawers.

Hold Firm

Work Bench A secure working surface is essential for many tasks, and a portable workbench allows you to establish a solid platform in the house or garden. Workbenches are popular with professionals and home improvers alike.

Sawhorses A pair of lightweight plastic sawhorses will support materials while you
cut them. Inexpensive and easy to store, these are a simple evolution of the carpenter's wooden sawhorse.

Clamps Hold materials securely in place while you work with modern spring-loaded or ratchet clamps, whose clever design makes them incredibly easy to use. They can also be a good substitute for an extra pair of hands.

Measure and Mark Up

Accurate measuring is essential when working on home improvement tasks. And don't forget: always measure twice and cut once.

Retractable Tape Measure Buy a robust retractable tape measure - you will need it more then you might think.

Combination Square The combination square can be used for measuring; for marking angles of 90° or 45°; and also has a small spirit bubble for levelling and scribe for marking.

Steel Rule Use a 300mm steel rule for accurate line drawing and measuring. When marking out over greater dimensions, use a wooden batten as a straight edge.

Spirit Level Another must have tool is a good quality spirit level, designed to show you a true horizontal or vertical. This is essential when lining up shelving or cabinets on a wall for instance. Spirit levels come in all lengths and prices.

Pencils Soft black pencils for marking, cutting and drilling positions are some of the most useful tools of all.

Cutting Tools

Handsaw A handsaw will come in useful for many jobs. The panel saw is the most versatile, cutting sheet materials and timber well. As with all saws, the fewer teeth per inch (TPI) the more aggressive the cut, the more teeth the smoother the cut.

Hacksaw A good hacksaw will cut anything metal. It takes different blades, with different numbers of teeth per inch (TPI); for example, you might use 24 TPI to cut a thin metal sheet, 16 or 18 TPI for coarse metal.

Junior Hacksaw For small-scale metal-cutting tasks, a junior hacksaw is an inexpensive and useful tool.

Craft Knife Every tool box should include a craft knife; it can be used to cut many different materials. The simplest versions store spare blades in the handle. For safety in your tool box, buy a craft knife with a retractable blade.

Chisels A sturdy chisel with a synthetic handle that you can hit with a wooden mallet is essential for most woodworking jobs, such as fitting new door locks. Chisels need constant sharpening with a sharpening stone. Never use one to open a tin of paint!

Grip and Wrench

Handsaw A handsaw will come in useful for many jobs. The panel saw is the most versatile, cutting sheet materials and timber well. As with all saws, the fewer teeth per inch (TPI) the more aggressive the cut, the more teeth the smoother the cut.

Combination Pliers For everyday tasks such as grabbing, twisting and cutting, a pair of combination pliers is invaluable.

Self-grip Wrench The best general purpose wrench, useful for basic plumbing tasks too, is the mole or self-grip wrench, which is available in different sizes.

Adjustable Spanner Always keep an adjustable spanner handy, to grip nuts of different sizes.

Socket Set When securing and releasing nuts and bolts you will find a simple socket set very helpful. It includes a range of different socket sizes which can be attached to a fixed rod or ratchet. Modern sets are not expensive.

Driving

Handsaw A handsaw will come in useful for many jobs. The panel saw is the most versatile, cutting sheet materials and timber well. As with all saws, the fewer teeth per inch (TPI) the more aggressive the cut, the more teeth the smoother the cut.

Match your driver to your screw! Obvious but true - you will quickly strip the head from a screw if you use the wrong screwdriver.

Screwdrivers Manual screwdrivers have moved on from simple wooden-handled tools; the new plastic and hard rubber handles are much easier to grip. But when you have a lot of screw driving to do, a power screwdriver or drill-driver will save you time and effort.

Hit It Home

There are different hammers for different jobs, but if you buy only one hammer in your life, make it a claw hammer.

Claw Hammer This will drive in all but the smallest nails, hammer in wall plugs and generally knock things together and apart. Thanks to the curved claw opposite the hammer head, it will also pull out nails and can at a pinch, be used as a small crowbar.

Cross-pein When you need to drive home lots of small nails - for instance, when securing hardboard to the floor - use a cross-pein or Warrington hammer.