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Closeup of dry rot damage to a length of timber

Overview

There are some tools everyone needs for home handy work. We’ll show you the basic safety equipment, hand and power tools you need for all kinds of jobs around the house. Plus, we’ll get a few suggestions for more advanced tools for your kit.

Steps

1Check exterior for problems

If you own a timber home, it's important to frequently check the exterior for problems. Different types of fungus as well as animal infestations can get into your timber. These can be a big problem, especially if it is in structural areas of your home.
Closeup of dry rot damage to a length of timber

2Call in experts to treat your wood

If you have identified any problem areas in your timber from dry rot or animal infestations, it's time to call in an inspector. They will be able to treat your issues before they get any larger. Just remember, the longer you leave a problem you find the worse it could get, and could prove costly to fix.
Close up shot of a varnished wooden panel damaged by dry rot

More D.I.Y. Advice

Health & Safety

Please make sure you use all equipment appropriately and safely when following the advice in these D.I.Y. videos. You need to be familiar with how to use equipment safely and follow the instructions that came with the equipment. If you are unsure, you may feel it is safest to consult an expert, such as the manufacturer or an expert Bunnings Team Member.

Grave health hazards are linked to asbestos, which may be in homes built up to 1990. Health hazards may result from exposure to lead-based paints in older materials and copper chromium arsenic (CCA) treated timber. For information on the dangers of asbestos, lead-based paint and CCA treated timber and tips for dealing with these materials contact your local council's Environmental Health Officer. You can also use a simple test kit from Bunnings to indicate the presence of lead-based paint.