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Screwdriver set

Unscrewing fixtures and securing screws in place is at the heart of many DIY jobs. It can be incredibly frustrating when you don’t have the right collection of screwdrivers to continue with a job.

Screwdriver sets can vary in price from just over £10 to around £60.

More expensive sets will give you more screwdriver sizes and perks such as magnetic tips, but ultimately you should go for the set that will suit your DIY projects the best.

Duct tape

Duct tape is a versatile tool that can benefit you in every day life as well as during DIY projects.

This tough, durable tape can be used to repair or fix most materials in place. And it should be easy enough to purchase at most DIY outlets too.

Safety accessories

When you’re just starting out with DIY, you want to be as safe as possible.

Safety accessories are often overlooked but they can help you avoid serious injury if you make a mistake.

Work gloves are one of the first pieces you should go for: they make DIY work more comfortable and if you slip, they can prevent you from seriously cutting your hands.

On top of this, a ventilator can help you breathe in a dusty environment, while knee pads and glasses should be considered as essentials too.

Pliers 

Pliers are extremely useful for many DIY tasks. They can help you precisely cut or clamp tough wires and metals during your projects.

There’s a wide array of different pliers available though and it can be worth having a few different variations in your toolbox to cover you for different projects.

Hammer

A hammer is a must have for nine out of ten DIY projects.

This tool can help you firmly nail materials together, while a claw hammer has the added benefit of being able to prise nails back out of a material.

One hammer should be enough, as long as it feels comfortable and easy to wield. 

If you’re considering any DIY job you’ll need a basic toolbox.

By purchasing duct tape, safety equipment, pliers, a hammer and a screwdriver set you should be prepared for your next exciting project. 

Choosing the appropriate equipment for the job is half the joy of starting a DIY project or maintaining your house.

As the years pass and your projects get more ambitious, you’ll most certainly amass hundreds of tools, just like we have.

But these are the fundamental instruments we just cannot live without, and we rely on them on a regular basis for general maintenance and specialised tasks.

We guarantee that each will find a permanent home in your toolbox, shed, or workshop.

SOLIDWORKS 2022 Basic Tools is the first book in a three part series.

It introduces new users to the SOLIDWORKS interface, SOLIDWORKS tools and basic modeling techniques.

It provides you with a strong understanding of SOLIDWORKS and covers the creation of parts, assemblies and drawings. Every lesson and exercise in this book was created based on real world projects.

Each of these projects has been broken down and developed into easy and comprehensible steps.

Furthermore, at the end of every chapter there are self test questionnaires to ensure that you have gained sufficient knowledge from each section before moving on to more advanced lessons.

This book takes the approach that in order to understand SOLIDWORKS, inside and out, you should create everything from the beginning and take it step by step

Who this book is for

This book is for the beginner who is not familiar with the SOLIDWORKS program and its add ins.

Table of SOLIDWORKS User Interface:

1. System Options

2. Document Templates

3. Basic Solid Modeling – Extrude Options

4. Basic Solid Modeling – Extrude & Revolve

5. Revolved Parts

6. Rib & Shell Features

7. Patterns

8. Part Configuration

9. Modeling Threads

10. Bottom Up Assembly

11. Using Advanced Mates

12. Kinematics – Assembly Motions

13. PhotoView360 Basics

14. Drawing Preparations

15. Assembly Drawings

16. Drawing Views

17. Detailing

18. Sheet Metal Drawings

19. Configurations

20. Design Tables

CSWA Preparation Materials

Glossary

Index

SOLIDWORKS Quick-Guides

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