Essential Appliance Tool Guide

    In order to enable you to replace parts and repair your appliance it may be necessary for you to have some of the following tools.

    The purpose of this article is to show you a range of value for money tools and explain how they may be required or used in the repair of your appliances.

    These tools although may be described as value for money are of a suitable quality for the handy man or just for a one off repair and could
    represent a significant saving over more professional quality tools.

    Screwdriver Sets

    Multiple piece Screwdriver Set.

    The start of any tool kit is a selection of screwdrivers, this should include some of the following sizes -

    Star: T5 x 50mm, T6 x 50mm, T7 x 50mm, T8 x 50mm, T9 x 50mm, T10 x 50mm

    Slotted: 2.0 x 50mm, 2.5 x 50mm / Crosspoint: PH00 x 50mm, PH0 x 50mm

    A useful addition could be a set of precision screwdrivers for small work that include:

    Slotted screwdrivers: 6 x 38mm, 5 x 75mm, 6 x 100mm, 8 x 150mm

    Crosspoint screwdrivers: PH2 x 38mm, PH1 x 75mm, PH2 x 100mm, PH3 x 150mm

    This type of kit will includes a range of most popular sizes and types
    Should cover most general DIY needs.


    Pliers Set.

    It will be useful to have some of the following pliers in your tool kit

    Combination, A general purpose grip for holding nots and bolts and releasing spring hose clips

    Long Nose: A more specialised lighter strength grip for smaller items and in limited access areas

    Side Cutters: for cutting and removing insulation on electrical cables and cutting wire

    Cushion handles will give greater comfort and hand grip,

    Typically drop forged and may have polished heads

    These Pliers will provide you with the correct tools to tackle most problems.

    Water Pump Pliers

    Water Pump Pliers.

    A larger set of pliers

    Suitable for larger nuts, spring hose clips and plumbing fittings

    Should be manufactured from drop forged carbon steel

    Hardened and tempered

    Insulated grips will give a more comfortable feel

    An adjustable locking head will allow stronger grip over different sizes of nuts

    Multi use Pliers/grip for removing hose clamps or tightening pipework couplings etc.


    Digital Multimeter's.

    A good test meter should have some of the following features


    DC amps


    Diode and signal H2 testing

    two 575mm (23") test leads

    Diode and fuse protected super sensitive meter

    Diodes, transistor and continuity tests

    AC-V: 0 - 200 - 500V.

    DC - V: 0 - 200MN - 2000MV - 20V - 200V - 500V.

    DC - A : 0 - 2000uA - 20mA - 200mA.

    Resistance: 0 - 200 - 2000 -20K - 200K - 2000K

    A useful addition to a tool kit suitable for checking many parts on domestic appliances and in the home.

    Adjustable Wrench's

    Adjustable Wrench's.

    Typically manufactured with drop forged heat treated jaws

    Available in different sizes, Choose depending on size of bolts/nuts being worked on or get a selection of sizes

    May be Black or Silver finish

    Typical sizes 150, 200 and 250mm

    A set of adjustable wrench's may be used on bolts or pipework connectors
    Suitable for replacing many parts on domestic appliances,car or motorcycles.

    Electrical Repair Tool Kit

    Electrical Repair Tool Kit.

    For the general D.I.Y.'r

    Should contain some of the following items

    PVC tape

    Selection of cable ties

    Selection of Auto fuses

    4 x 100mm Type insulated screwdriver

    PH1 x 100mm Type insulated screwdriver

    140mm Neon mains tester screwdriver with pocket clip

    125mm Type wire cutters

    heat-shrink tube

    length of wire for reconnecting

    Fuse puller

    Selection of assorted insulated terminals

    A useful additional kit for repairing or connecting wires and blown fuses and contains cable tie's to tidy up wiring looms

    1/4" - 3/8" Drive Socket Set.

    Lightweight Socket set

    Should contain the following type of tools:

    1/4" x 3/8" Adaptor

    3/8" Drive. 75mm Extension bar

    3/8" Drive. 200mm Reversible ratchet handle

    3/8" Drive. Spin disc, 16mm & 21mm spark plug socket

    1/2" Drive. 250mm Reversible ratchet handle

    1/4" Drive. AF Sockets 5/32", 3/16", 7/32", 1/4", 9/32", 5/16", 11/32", 3/8", 13/32", 7/16", 15/32"

    1/4" Drive. Metric Sockets 4, 4.5, 5, 5.5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13mm

    1/4" Drive. Sockets (8PT) 1/4", 5/16", 3/8"

    3/8" Drive. AF sockets 9/16", 11/16", 3/4",

    3/8" Drive. Metric sockets 14, 16, 17mm,

    1/2" Drive. Metric sockets 10, 11, 12, 14, 15, 16, 18, 19, 20, 22mm

    A comprehensive set for medium and light work repairs on appliances and cars or motorcycles.

    Can be carried in cars in case of emergency or breakdowns

    Universal Work Gloves

    Universal Work Gloves .

    Universal work gloves

    May be manufactured from a nylon mix or leather

    Can have a criss cross PVC coating for added grip.

    With elasticated wrists

    A good quality protective glove can help to protect against injury from sharp edges on cabinets.

    * All information provided is a guide only. BuySpares accepts no liability for any problems occurred while attempting any advice shown. If in any doubt contact a qualified repair service.