DIY home improvement has gained ground in the past few years due to two distinct reasons: rising prices of goods and rising prices of home improvement through contracted work. Many people are now opting to solve their little home improvement problems themselves, with the aid of knowledge, and with a lot of diligence.
Carpentry and plumbing are not simple activities. But nonetheless, the streamlining of systems and design in the past few decades has made do it yourself home improvement doable. All one needs is time, some tools and a clear aim. Even if the results are not that great, as long as it is strong and durable, it will do for the long run. Beautification can be pursued afterward.
How does one capture the “itch” for do it yourself projects? Solving home improvement problems would come naturally for anyone- especially for the ones who already have at least the minimum tools at home. If you don’t have basic carpentry tools, then perhaps it’s time that you visit your nearest hardware store to buy some.
The tools of the trade
What kind of tools would you need for basic home improvement? The following are some of the basic tools that would be of great use to you whether you wish to make a new cabinet or repair broken chairs:
o Hammers- never underestimate the humble hammer. Try to acquire a hammer that is not too light or too heavy. Aim for hammers that have solid steel construction, from the neck to the head. The neck and head must be completely solid and should have been fused naturally. Handles may be made of wood or sheathed with a rubber grip. If you’re not used to carpentry, it might be a good idea to first check if the hammer you would be buying would be comfortable to use. If not, don’t force it- look elsewhere.
o Power tools- power tools make do it yourself home improvement less of a pain. Though the general level of difficulty of home improvement projects depend largely on the kind of work involved, investing in drills and wrenches would contribute a lot in making your DIY projects more pleasant. Aside from this you would also finish projects much faster, and you would be expending less energy.
o Wood and boards- though it might be a good idea to have a general stash of wooden boards, plywood and small planks available in your garage, always limit your purchases to what you would probably need in the near future. The reason for this is that the wood might be damaged before you get to use it- something you won’t want to happen especially if you’re engaging in DIY projects to save money.
o Nails, screws, bolts, nuts- whether you should buy different kinds of nails or screws depends largely also on your projected activities in the coming months. If you think you’re going to be repairing furniture, then it might be a good idea if you buy the proper nail sizes. However, if you want supplies for general home repairs, try to get half inch to one inch nails.