3 Trade Tools Keen DIYers Should Consider

3 Trade Tools Keen DIYers Should Consider

DIY has long been a popular hobby of millions of men (and some women) across the globe. And in slow economic times many choose to tackle a task themselves, rather than pay a hefty trade bill. There are varying levels of commitment to DIY; whilst some stop at putting up a shelf others will literally build their own extensions. If you, like the latter, are serious about DIY, there are a number of tools used by the trade that you should consider investing in. Note that before you read on these are tools used by the pros and there is little point in spending money on them unless you will actually use them.


Borescopes are devices that allow you to get a clear view of areas that are hard to get to. The most advanced borescopes have a built in screen that displays a live feed or a USB connection that transmits live data to a laptop. Such places that they are ideal for include wall cavities, behind obstructions such as radiators, inside heating/air con systems and much more.

So when might a DIYer use a borescope? Well if you’re experienced you will certainly benefit from using a borescope. They are especially useful for plumbing tasks, such as installing a new bathroom or upgrading an existing one. In this scenario a borecope would be used for getting a clear view of any existing pipe work and any obstructions that may exist in wall cavities. It’s no surprise that they are a favourite with plumbers.

Another scenario in which a borescope will be useful is if you are installing a new electrical system that needs to pass through a wall cavity or confined space. The most common examples of this are lighting or sound installations. Wiring through walls can be extremely difficult, which is why many electricians use boroscopes in the same way as plumbers – to get a clear view of their target area.

Laser Distance Measure

A laser distance measure is like a tape measure, only a whole lot more accurate and practical. Used mainly by the construction and landscaping industry they are a great all round DIY tool. Once you get to grips with this handheld device you will save a great deal of time and effort when it comes to any measuring task, no matter how big or small. Imagine how often you use your tape measure – that’s how often you will use this advanced device.

The first and main use of a laser distance meter is construction. Be it putting up a shelf or building an extension a laser measure is simply a must have. Tape measures get the job done but they are obsolete when compared to their laser equivalent. Their accuracy, usability, practicality and speed are all great reasons to get one.

As well as construction they are also great for landscaping and gardening, the planning phase in particular as they make determining outdoor distances a quick and easy task – try doing that with a tape measure.

Digital Angle Finder

Like the laser distance measure this is simply a modern adaptation of a tried and tested piece of kit. If you regularly carry out carpentry/construction tasks then this tool is a great addition to your box. They provide very accurate angle readings which mean you do a proper job.

Structural/domestic carpentry relies on accurate angle measurements. One wrong measurement can jeopardise the entire project so it’s crucial to get it right first time, especially if your project is big and expensive. Using a digital angle finder virtually eliminates the chance of error, giving you confidence in your DIY work.

It is also an excellent tool to use if you are planning on installing a staircase as part of a large DIY project. This is one of the most difficult tasks a DIYer will undertake and having the correct equipment is essential. Using a digital angle meter will not only help you install an even staircase, but one that isn’t too steep.

If you take DIY seriously you need the right tools. The above examples are just three tools used by tradesmen and professionals that can be used by just about anyone who is serious about Do It Yourself. All three are easy to get hold of online or in trade supply stores.

This article was provided by ATP Instrumentation, a leading supplier of test and measurement equipment to industry, trade and individuals.

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    Comment by Commercial Scaffolding@keywordluv: Oct 1, 2012 at 1:41 PM

    These are great ideas. Having a mini type scaffolding for home use could be another essential tool for DIY-ers. It eases the carrying out of tasks for the cleanliness of our homes and easy maintenance of areas that are off the ground. Replacement of ceiling boards, repainting of walls and installation of certain fixtures are among these.

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