Tools of the Trade - Electric and Manual Must-Haves When Dealing With Deck Lumber, Water Removal, And More

When you're doing a do-it-yourself project at home you want to make sure that you have all of the tools that you will need to get the job done. If you're doing something simple like installing a new bookshelf or repainting a room than your likely going to just need the standard tools that you will find in most homes already. But, if you're installing new floors or remodeling an entire kitchen than you may need lumber strapping systems or some more precise saws. Here are some tips for getting all of the tools that you might need.

The first thing that you should do is talk to experts at your local home improvement store to find out how difficult the materials you are working with will be to assemble or install. If you're dealing with designs that are more complicated, they might be able to suggest alternatives that will be easier for you to work with without the help of professionals. Or, if there is no alternative, they can point you in the right direction in terms of tools. If you're installing a new instantaneous water heater, for example, you may need some additional parts as well as tools to complete the project.


There are some standard tools that you will likely want to get if you are planning a variety of home improvements. A cordless drill with different bits to turn it into an electric screwdriver is essential for any tool collection. You want to choose a drill that has a good balance, long battery life, and sufficient torque for a variety of projects. This can be used with your electric cutters to do electrical work or to help you install a new countertop. It really has endless applications around the home.

There are also cordless designs for nailers, saws, and sanders. If may wish to rent these tools from your local home improvement store if you're planning to just do one project that needs them. Renting is a smart decision for any specialized project, from cleaning the carpets to doing sludge removal if your basement floods. Just make sure you get instructions on how to use the equipment before you take it home, as there are many different models out there. Also, check to see if any extra supplies are needed. If you're renting by the hour you don't want to have to drive back to the store a second time before getting things started.

While there are many tools and products out there today to make do-it-yourself projects a little easier, there are some renovations that you may want to still leave up to the professionals. They will guarantee that your new wire duct for an electrical line or plumbing project is completed correctly and safely.

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