In the midst of the global pandemic, people are spending more time at home and tackling their own home renovations. We know how challenging it is to start from scratch and create a space you really love, but DIY home projects are so fun and end up being incredibly rewarding. If you’ve recently been inspired to take on a remodeling endeavor, you’re going to need the right tools. Sounds like it’s time for a trip to Home Depot or Lowe’s! These are the home tools we recommend you add to your cart and keep on hand.
1. Claw Hammer
Every household needs a claw hammer, which is just another name for a basic hammer. One end of the hammerhead is flat for pounding nails, and the other is V-shaped for extracting nails. This will help you with everything from removing tile flooring to decorating your home with wall hangings. If you’re keeping your tools outside, look for a hammer made from weather-resistant materials.
2. Tape Measure
Precision is key with all DIY home remodeling projects. That’s why all the elements of the room you’re renovating and the materials you’re using have to be measured. Rigid measuring tools like rulers can do in a pinch, but tape measures are much more flexible for reaching around corners or rounded materials.
If you want to be more advanced and accurate, consider a laser tape measure. Especially when you need quick but accurate measurements for large spaces such as flooring remodels. A laser tape measurer allows you to perform take-off estimates in a fraction of the time. In fact, some of the higher-end models have a square footage feature built in to calculate as you measure.
3. Utility Knife
A sharp utility knife will help you open boxes, make marks on wood, remove carpet, and so much more both while remodeling and simply living in your home. Look for one with a rubber handle for added comfort and reduced risk of slipping. Some even come with built-in extra blade storage so you can always have a fresh blade ready to pop in when the current one dulls.
4. Screwdriver Set
As you’ll quickly learn when undertaking these projects, one screwdriver is not enough. You need a flat head and a Phillips head (the X-shaped one) at the very minimum, but we recommended having both types in multiple sizes. They will help you install light switches, cabinets, new fixtures in your bathroom, and plenty more.
Whenever you work with cabinetry, having an extra set of screwdrivers or drills will make your kitchen remodel more efficient!
5. Extra Hardware
Hardware may not necessarily be a tool, but it’s useful to have extra nails and screws on hand anyway. You never know when inspiration will strike or when you’ll need additional enforcements. Store your extra hardware in a sectioned container with clear labels so you don’t have to spend time digging for what you need.
The two main types of wrenches, Allen wrenches, and adjustable crescent wrenches will help you tighten or loosen nuts and bolts. Allen wrenches are sometimes called hex keys or Allen keys and are L-shaped with a hexagonally shaped socket. These are often used when assembling furniture or for simple plumbing repairs like unclogging a garbage disposal. Adjustable crescent wrenches, on the other hand, have a moveable jaw and can be fitted to whatever you’re trying to tighten or loosen.
When you’re remodeling a bathroom, having a slew of wrenches will come in handy. There is always a time you need to somehow twist a nut above-and-below the sink simultaneously.
When you’re working with straight lines, a level is your best friend. This tube-shaped tool has an air bubble that floats to the middle of the tube on a level surface. Whether you’re ensuring your new countertop is truly flat or you’re installing shelves, a level will provide the precision you need.
You’ll come across multiple kinds of tape while completing a renovation project. Duct tape is popular because it is strong and, therefore, the most versatile. Painters’ tape protects doorways, ceilings, and other surfaces you don’t want to repaint. Plumbing tape (PFTE) keeps pipes sealed, so you can upgrade your kitchen sink, for example. Finally, electrical tape protects you from exposed wires.
Pliers help you get a good grip on small objects and can manipulate the shape of metal by pushing, pulling, or bending it. They also make great wire cutters and clamps, and they can even stand-in for a crescent wrench in some scenarios.
Remodeling often requires you to get into the bones of your home where there is no natural light. Avoid any potential errors with a flashlight.
Contact Yourson Contracting For Home Remodeling In Phoenix-Metro
If you’re ever feeling overwhelmed with your DIY home renovations, we’re here to help! For those located in the Phoenix-Metro area who are looking for a reputable home design specialist, the team at Yourson Contracting would be happy to assist you in your remodeling projects.