DIY Projects - Tools needed to get the job done
Do It Yourself (DIY) projects
are exciting opportunities for home owners. You get to save money while
adding value to your home through a variety of different projects. To
successfully complete your DIY projects, you need to outfit yourself
with the right tools, which will help you to get the job done. Here is
a list of the essentials for your tool box:
This power tool is used for making crosscuts, which is useful for
smaller DIY projects, such as making picture frames, as well as for
larger ones, like cutting moulding. More advanced models can even be
used for fancier moulding, including scrollwork.
There are several different cordless drills available for purchase, so
be sure to look for one that has an extensive drill bit collection
included or available for purchase separately, and a long battery life.
If possible, purchase a second battery and charger, so that you can
continue to work on your project as long as necessary.
Make sure you purchase one that is adjustable, with the largest size
being sufficient for any bolts that you will be working with on your
DIY project. Wrenches are especially useful when you are working on a
DIY project that involves plumbing.
Make sure that in addition to your cordless drill, which may have a
screw attachment, you also have both Phillips head and flat head screw
drivers for the times when a large cordless drill may not fit, or be
long enough to reach, the screw that needs to be fastened.
You can go low tech with a standard 20 foot metal measuring tape, or
high tech with one that uses a laser beam to measure distances up to
100 feet. One advantage of the laser measuring tape is that it will
tell you if it is even, and you do not need anyone else to hold down
the other end while you measure.
This is a carpenter's tool that is indispensable when it comes to
evening out the door that sticks, instead of closing, or shaving down
the edge of a drawer that you have trouble closing.
It's not as exciting as buying that new jigsaw, but the right safety
equipment is what makes your DIY project a success, instead of an
Emergency Room visit waiting to happen. Before beginning your DIY
project, pick up shatterproof goggles, protective gloves, and a dust
Tools: Depending on your DIY project, consider
purchasing additional power tools, such as a nail gun (much faster than
using a hammer!), or a circular saw, which you can use to quickly and
evenly cut wood boards to the appropriate size.
Stuff: Don't forget to stock up on a variety of screws
and nails for your DIY project. Depending on the project, you may need
larger or smaller sizes, or even specialty items, such as drywall
screws, wall anchors, or extra long nails.
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