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By: Elena Tahora
When it comes to DIY home renovations, it’s important to be ready with the basic and professional tools you’ll need, whether you’re adding a major extension or remodeling. While there are cheap tools available that are easy on your pocket, they’re usually a major source of headache if they malfunction or break in the middle of your project.
Below are the essential renovation tools that’ll help you with your next renovation project.
For any do-it-yourself renovation project, you’ll need a tape measure or measuring tape. Measuring tapes have a small slot located at the end hook, so you don’t need help in holding one end of the measuring tape in place.
However, this essential item is easily forgotten. Make tape measure your lifetime partner to ensure that you take dimensions of surfaces, corners, and edges accurately. Also, choose one with a switch that stops the measuring tape from retracting back.
For most woodwork projects, a hammer is an essential tool that you’ll need for driving and pulling nails. While you’re used to using traditional old-fashioned hammers, spend some time researching pro tools for efficiency and precision. It’ll save you plenty of time because it gets nail work done more comfortably and faster.
Here are some of the features and benefits of a professional brad nailer:
• Impressive Magazine Capacity: Most brad nailers have the 60-nail capacity, and there are those with 100-nail capacity.
• LED Light: It’s used to help you see and focus on your woodwork with a clearer vision
• Air Pressure or Pneumatic Nail Guns: These nailers are portable enough that you can carry it anywhere and anytime
Without a ladder, it’s impossible to reach wall heights you want to reach. A sturdy and reliable ladder is an absolute necessity in any renovation project, so you’ll stay safe when reaching high areas rather than standing on stacked tables or buckets.
The most popular type of ladders are aluminum ladders because they’re lightweight, water and flame resistant, affordable, and fairly corrosion-resistant. Just make sure that you have one with an attachment for your other renovation tools with manufactured rungs so that you stay comfortable as you stand on it for hours, like painting the cornices of your bedroom.
While power tools are fast efficient, using hand saws still makes a difference. It can be used for multiple purposes. Instead of an old-fashioned hand saw, you can use a modern hand saw, which is more durable and faster. So, when do you use hand saws over power tools?
Here are some examples:
• Undercutting Door Jambs: Japanese pull saws are highly recommended for undercutting door jambs than jigsaws. It can cut on the pull stroke, which makes it easier to start cutting and control. A Japanese pull saw has super thin blades that make precise cuts in door jambs for easy insertion of tile or vinyl.
• Rigid Foam Insulation: Power saws can mess the rigid foam. That’s why hand saws are better in making curved cuts to help minimize the mess.
Steel screwdrivers resist twisting and bending, which are usually cross or flat head with a handle, a tip, and a shaft. A screwdriver is inserted into the screw head, turning it.
When using a screwdriver, make sure to use the correct type to avoid damaging the head of either the screwdriver, the screw, or both.
You can’t proceed to your renovation project without drill bits, which are cutting tools for removing material to create holes, such as holes in circular cross-section. Drill bits drill different materials like metal, wood, PVC, and fiberglass.
Here are the different drill bit materials you can choose from:
• High-Speed Steel (HSS): It’s a popular material that’s suitable for drilling wood, plastic, and soft steel.
• Cobalt or HSCO: It’s an upgrade from HSS with 5 to 8 percent Cobalt blended in the base material, which is used for drilling stainless steel grades and harder steel.
• Carbide: This drill bit material is used for drilling the hardest materials.
Pliers are used to firmly hold, bend, and compress objects with accurate precision. While there are many types of pliers used for different purposes, having a pair of pliers at hand is crucial for any renovation project.
This tool is used to show how perpendicular (plumb) or parallel (level) a surface is relative to the earth. It’s called a spirit level because of the mineral spirit solution that’s inside it.
For a successful renovation project, it’s important to have handy tools available for easier and faster work. Both traditional and power tools have their own features and benefits, so you have to choose the best ones that are most convenient for you.
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