Not everybody wants to make repairs on their property or decorate a rental they've just moved into. Some do it because they want or need to save on labor costs; some do it because they are unable to find the right service provider; and some do it because they have adopted it as a hobby. Let's face it though. Who wouldn't enjoy browsing a catalog or store display of every kind of tool imaginable? There is the basic drill, saw and sander; but there are also numerous tools that are not so basic and some are even questionable as to actual function.
It is hard to imagine that the first tool dates back as early as the era of the Ancient Egyptians. It is called the lathe and its function has remained the same since the beginning, although it has come a long way in design and materials used to build it. It is used for working wood and metal, and to give those finished pieces an even symmetrical shape; rather like a horizontal potter's wheel. Objects such as table legs, cue sticks and wind instruments are but a few of the things that are made using the lathe.
Nowadays, most tools are powered by electricity or batteries. The latter is easier to handle as there is no danger of getting tangled in the power cord or, experiencing or causing damage to the self of the area that is being worked on. Even the classic screwdriver is battery-powered, making it a cinch to drive screws home quickly and thoroughly.
Tools today are more functional, ergonomically designed and aesthetically more pleasing to the eye than their predecessors. Any tool that has ever been invented or created has been reborn into a motorized instrument, making DIY more convenient and faster than ever before.
The only things that haven't really changed are the noise and vibration that the more hardcore tools emit. So it is advisable for the user to wear hearing protection, items of clothing and footwear that help to absorb shock, and cushion constant movement. It is not just these tools that can cause physical damage when used often and for the long-term, there are ones that run on gasoline- such as the chainsaw - and compressed air – such as the nail gun. They can emit noise as high as 100 decibels.
Not all tools are driven by electricity or batteries. There are still some that remain manually powered. These are hand tools and some of them include the spirit level, pliers, the measuring tape and the chisel. They would not really work well if they were motorized as they contain small parts that require a steady hand. They have no place or function for a motorized part, but they are a staple in pretty much every tool set or collection.
These tools are not just for DIY or repairing. They can be used to build new items and structures in the home or workplace; they can do the same job on the outside; on mechanical objects such as moving toys or bicycles; in the garden; when assembling furniture and decorative items; even while working on a car.