Top 6 Tips For DIY'ers

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Listed here are the tools that I have found the most useful in my home renovation/reparation projects.  You will want to research the different brands before you buy.  Some tool companies make wonderful tools that are designed to last and some use plastic parts inside the tools which tend to break easily.  Good quality tools that are well made are a joy to work with.  The cheaper tools are decidedly NOT fun to work with.  Check out as many reviews from “real people” as you can.   Get the lowdown from friends and family first.

tips for DIY'ers1. Set Of Cordless Drills With Drill Bit/Socket Kit

Probably the most handy tools ever!  I use my drills all the time.  The cordless feature means you don’t have to worry about dragging extension cords behind you.  You just pick up the drill and off you go. The set I bought came with two batteries – I highly recommend you have at least 2 batteries if you buy cordless.  Those batteries always tend to run down right when you need them fully charged the most!!

I used to use a screwdriver for everything but once you get hooked on using a drill instead of a screwdriver, you will never go back to hand tools…

I also bought a complete set of drill and screwdriver bits and sockets for $30.  If you can only pick one of these 6 tool recommendations, pick this one.  The drills and bit set will be used again and again and again and again. You won’t regret it.

2.  Random Orbital Sander

A random orbital sander combines two motions (orbital and rotary) which reduces the possibility of swirl marks on the wood.  It has a round pad rather than a square pad – that’s how you can tell the orbital sander from the random orbital sander.  The orbital sander has a square pad.  This is the most versatile portable sander you can own.   You can hook it up to a shop vac and greatly reduce the amount of dust produced as well.

Jig Saw3. Circular Saw

I never realized how handy this tool is until I bought one.  I started off with a 5 1/2″ cordless version but once I got confident using it, I bought a 7 1/4″ corded one with several blades.  A cordless circular saw is fabulous if you are only going to need to use one occasionally.  Once I was bit by the building bug, I used mine all.the.time.  Problem is that once the batteries age a bit, they don’t hold as much of a charge as they did when new and then you don’t have as much power going to the saw blade as you need.  A corded saw is a much better choice overall, in my opinion.

4. Jigsaw

I confess, I bought a jigsaw on sale without researching much and I regret that so much.  I threw money away.  That jigsaw was poor quality, didn’t hold the blade in place properly and I couldn’t get the precise cuts I wanted.  I wound up buying another jigsaw this past year and it has been a joy to work with.  Lesson learned…

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Anne Davis

Freelance writer, blogger, DIY enthusiast, gardener and animal lover. Anne began blogging about her DIY adventures when she bought a 1930s fixer upper home and her first set of power tools. Follow the fun at Design Dreams by Anne!