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Are you ready for a few remodeling projects to give your home a fresh feel? Maybe you’re getting it ready to sell? Well, you can save a ton of money if you’re willing to do a lot of the work yourself. While you may want to leave the plumbing and electrical to a professional, getting the tools to do the rest on your own might be your best option. If you’re new to home renovation projects, there are some essential tools you need to get you through most of the projects. If you have at least a few metal cutting tools, striking tools, holding tools, sharpening and grinding tools, you should be able to get through most of the projects.
Here are my top 5 recommendations for a beginner.
This one may be obvious but everyone could use a good cordless drill. Whether you’re drilling a hole, putting in screws, or mixing paint the uses are infinite. I would recommend getting a good set from a company that you may eventually get more tools from. The convenience of having all of your tools using the same batteries is something you won’t appreciate until you look at the price of batteries.
A good drill will undoubtedly be the most used tool you own. Hanging pictures, assembly furniture, or building a deck. Once you have a drill you will want a good set of drill bits, and an assortment of drivers to make sure you are ready for anything.
When you get a miter saw set up for a renovation, it will become the center of the workplace. Every little cut will take you back to the saw.
Miter saws allow you to cut angles accurately and cleanly with repetition. Cutting lumber or getting that perfect angle on your new crown molding. There are tools you can use to make the same cuts but it will take a lot of skill and time where a miter saw can knock it out with ease. You’ll want to make sure you have a good sharp blade and a table or a set of sawhorses to get set upon. If you are cutting anything of the size, you will want to be able to support the boards out on the end, so you get an accurate cut.
The saw that can handle almost any finish cut. It makes relatively clean cuts and can rival a table saw or a miter saw if you handle it well. The lack of a frame or table that those other saws have makes it hard to hold an angle or straight line but it opens up a world of portability. If the board you are trying to cut is too large to handle or already attached to the structure, you can take the circular saw to it.
These saws are offered in both corded and battery-powered and they both off all the power you need for almost any job. With a good fence or a rail, you can make long straight cuts without a table saw.
Both of the other saws are made for straight cuts, but not every project is all straight edges. The jigsaw is as portable as the circular saw, but can make all sorts of twisted curvy cuts. Perfect for decorative pieces or cutting out clearance for obstacles that you may come across.
Some jigsaws can bevel while others only cut at 90 degrees. There is an assortment of blades of varying teeth and lengths you can buy for different materials. Keeping a few around will have you prepared for any project you come across as you remodel your home.
Last but not least is the oscillating tool. This tool has a bunch of different heads you can put on it, from sanders to saws of all different teeth.
The geometry of the tool makes it handy for a few situations that you will come across as you renovate. The sanding heads are generally small and triangular, allowing you to sand into corners you might normally skip over. The saw blades will make plunge cuts allowing you to start the cut accurately in the middle of a surface. And there are other tools such as paint scrapers that you can attach for projects as you come across them.
With these 5 tools in your arsenal, you will be well prepared for any project around the house. Start small and before you know it your home will have an all-new feel to it.