Being a homeowner, living alone or wanting to gain more knowledge and independence when it comes to your home can mean learning how many do-it-yourself projects can be completed. While learning how to do those projects can be a frustrating process, SAWVERGE at the end of the day it can feel very rewarding to complete a task at home. Plus-this is very frugal! In your home, learning to tackle problems can save you thousands of dollars versus outsourcing the work.
As the daughter of a mechanic and electrician in the field of aeronautics who always insisted on DIY solutions, I know my way around a tool set and I repair any problems that occur in my home.
That being said, before you even start thinking about these projects, there is one very important step to complete: you’ll need supplies – mainly tools.
While there are an infinite number of tools on the market, there are six essential elements in your toolbox that you’ll want.
Check out those below!
1. Claw Hammer
If you create IKEA furniture, hang up your favorite artwork or just try to undo a bit of damage, a claw hammer will be an important part of your toolkit.
Claw hammers are dual purposes; they have the head of the hammer on one side to force the nails into surfaces, and the pronged claw on the other side to pry the nails from the surfaces.
Claw hammers are usually fairly cheap, weigh only a few pounds and will be handy for almost every project you complete around the house.
2. Screwdriver Kit
The screwdriver kit is vitally necessary if the hammer is needed.
If you don’t work with a hammer and nails, you will probably be dealing with screws, which work best with a screwdriver.
Probably just one screwdriver won’t be enough though.
Look for a kit containing multiple sizes of both the flathead and Phillips screwdrivers. A guide can help you pick a kit that suits your needs.
Also, screwdrivers can be used to open paint cans, pry things apart and save the day in many types of projects.
Basic screwdriver kits won’t break the bank, but with magnetic tipped screwdrivers, or with a comfortable, cushioned grip, you can spend a little more money and get more bang for your buck.
3. Tape Measure
Have you ever bought a pair of beautiful curtains, just to realize they are too long for your bedroom window?
Or perhaps you’ve had the unfortunate experience of putting furniture together, only to see then that it’s too big for the room it’s meant to be in.
Before they even began a tape measure would solve all of these headaches.
Always keep one in your toolbox to double-check your measurements and you will be saving a lot of trouble for yourself.
4. Electric Drill
Screwdrivers are great for quick adjustments or delicate materials, but you’ll know how easy it is to want to give up if you’ve ever had to screw in multiple screws during a single sitting.
An electrical drill does the job for you, giving you more time to enjoy your finished product, but it is very strong so learn how to use it properly.
Electric drills are a little more costly than the devices above but there are plenty of affordable choices with some smart shopping.
You can also invest in cordless drills, battery-operated drills, drills with built in flashlights and much more if you have extra money in your budget.
5. Saw & Saw Stand
Working with wood or other solid materials means those materials can be cut quickly, steadily and safely.
You will want a saw which fits your needs. A classic handsaw will do the trick but for better efficiency and accuracy it is worth investing in an electric saw.
There are lots of different saw types; be sure to pick one you ‘re most comfortable with.
While the kind of saw you get is crucial, it’s also extremely important to get the proper help for your saw, but often ignored.
The right saw stand will fit well in your space while maintaining steady and safe work.
Say goodbye to crooked photographs! A level is the final essential element in your toolkit.
If you’re hanging, constructing or designing, by holding it, well, consistent, a consistent will carry your projects to the next level.
Basic levels run cheap, but if you want to be even more accurate you can spend more money in a laser level.