There are very few households that do not have a small workshop in their garage. Of course, the larger repairs in the house should be left to professionals.
But small-time repairs that can be easily done, are usually done inside the home. And this is when the domestic workshop comes in handy.
Other than repair works, D.I.Y. jobs, although easier and less technical than the professional works, require some tools and a working space like the garage.
Moreover, if you are a professional, you can turn your garage into a workshop and do the work from home if you want. In that case, you will need all sorts of equipment related to your work.
Today our target is to introduce you to some important instruments that you can have inside your garage workshop, whether you are working professional or doing small-time domestic repair and D.I.Y. works.
These are very basic tools that every workshop should have.
Organizing your space properly
First, the space you are going to work in, be it your garage or a room in your house, needs to be organized properly.
Otherwise, it doesn’t matter how many tools you buy, you won’t be able to optimize your experience in the workshop.
Whichever space you choose, it should have the convenience of easy entry and exit facilities for large materials. In that sense, your garage is the best space for it.
The space you choose should have a proper power supply. The different tools you are going to use, require various levels of power supply.
You need to be aware of their power requirements and have enough outlets installed.
Your working space should be well lighted. This is very important, as you might feel frustrated while doing small and sensitive tasks.
There should be a central lighting system like a bright bulb or tube light. You could also have ring lights in your workshop for more sensitive works. Having a table lamp on your working table is a must.
Safety is a big concern in these domestic setups. Because sometimes non-professionals may not understand the hazards of such jobs.
There should always be a fire extinguisher ready, inside the workshop. If you want to prepare more, you can keep a bucket filled with sand. Set up the workshop, near a place where water is available.
For safety, while working, use gloves, goggles, and face shields. For treating small injuries, keep a medkit close by.
Another thing about utilizing the space- if you are using your garage, then your setup will have to be moveable.
If you have a permanent setup, that will not work in a garage, as you will use it for keeping your car.
So, find a foldable working table, and portable heavy machinery in this case.
For equipment, you should have proper storage systems. Toolboxes could hold small handheld equipment. You could have racks set up in your workshop for holding completed works and bigger equipment.
You could also use the storeroom in your house for storing items too.
Now, we have to talk about the equipment you will need in your domestic workshop.
We start with small tools. For polishing your work, you will need equipment like sanders, sandpaper, or steel wool.
You could use normal fabric for polishing too. But the best options are mechanical sanders. You could get different speeds and different polish heads for sanding.
Mechanical sanders are a more efficient option than manual ones.
How to tighten the screws, you're wondering? A good screwdriver will always come at your aid.
You can get multiple head screwdrivers, that helps to fit in any type of screws. You should have a hex key set for any purposes.
You could also have mechanical screwdrivers, with different heads. This will fasten the pace of your work.
For measuring your work, remember to get a tape measure. Or you can buy tables, with built-in scales, so that you don’t have to whip out your tape measure every time.
For cutting purposes, you have so many options. Normal hand-held saws are good for wood cutting. Jigsaws could be used for metal components, such as pipes. Both options are time-consuming and labor-intensive.
That is why you could go for mechanical options. Circular saws are very efficient when it comes to cutting wood or metal.
It can be used to cut or give shape to large chunks of wood in a very little time with almost no labor. Circular saws could cut through dense metallic items, such as iron rods and aluminum chunks, very easily.
Drilling machines are very important equipment to have in your domestic workshop. Not only is it handy in your workshop, but also you can use it in your house for various purposes.
You can use different drill bits to get different depths. Usually, replacing the drill bit, lets you use the machine for a long time.
Pliers are an important tool in your garage. For pulling out mistakenly put screws or cutting wires, pliers could have multifaceted use in a workshop. Buy a plier with different options between their teeth.
Wrenches are very useful in a household workshop. You can use a wrench to move large articles, that you won’t be able to move using a plier. Such as a metal pipe.
A hammer is always a useful tool. Not only for your workshop but for household uses. There are various sizes of hammers.
Most useful are normal-sized hammers. Large hammers can be used to break down big chunks of stuff and shape similar sized items.
Among the heavy equipment that is required on a more professional level, you can use planers to straighten out a metal sheet.
Air compressors are used for filling up tires and sometimes high pressured air is used to clean and unhinge stuff.
Besides, there are many tools you can use in your shop or garage. You do not have to buy all of them at once. Buy tools at your own convenience, whenever you require them.
Focus on tools with substitutable parts, that way you can use the main machine longer.