What is a multi tool and what DIY jobs is it brilliant for?

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What is a multi tool? As the name suggests it is a tool that is more than capable of tackling a multitude of jobs. If you do a lot of DIY, a multi tool is definitely a device that you need to add to your kit. This means that you don't have to splash out on an array of power tools making it good value for money for DIYers.

The best multi tools are typically cordless, have a long battery life and will come with a set of attachments to take on a lot of different jobs. 

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.