5 Types of Screwdriver Heads That Every DIYer Needs To Know

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What types of screwdriver heads do you need for your latest DIY project? Nowadays there are a host of head types, but it will depend very much on what the project is and the screws being used.

Most DIY projects will need more than one screwdriver head type. So it's a good idea to get a mixed screwdriver set and then purchase specialist screwdrivers when you need them. 

Alternatively, the best cordless drills come with sets of the popular screwdriver head types, typically, slotted, Philips, Pozi, Hex and Torz. This means you’ll be ready for most DIY projects with the added bonus of getting the job done in half the time. 

Steve Jenkins

Steve Jenkins is a freelance content creator with over two decades of experience working in digital and print and was previously the DIY content editor for Homebuilding & Renovating. 

He is a keen DIYer with over 20 years of experience in transforming and renovating the many homes he has lived in. He specialises in painting and decorating, but has a wide range of skills gleaned from working in the building trade for around 10 years and spending time at night school learning how to plaster and plumb.

He has fitted kitchens, tiled bathrooms and kitchens, laid many floors, built partition walls, plastered walls, plumbed in bathrooms, worked on loft conversions and much more. And when he's not sure how to tackle a DIY project he has a wide network of friends – including plumbers, gas engineers, tilers, carpenters, painters and decorators, electricians and builders – in the trade to call upon.