One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1‘the paraphernalia necessary for home improvements’
equipment, stuff, things, apparatus, tackle, kit, implements, tools, utensils, material, materials, appliances, rig, outfit, accoutrements, appurtenances, impedimenta, miscellaneous articles, odds and ends, bits and pieces, bits and bobs, trappings, accessories
informal gear, junk, rubbish, the necessary, dunnage, traps
British informal clobber, gubbins, odds and sods
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