Must-Have Home Improvement Tools

To get a job done correctly, you need the right tools. Of course it is possible to find ways around certain aspects of a job, but it will most likely result in poor quality, inefficiency, or even injury. If you want everything to work out (what’s a job if it’s not done right?), you will have to make sure you have all the necessary tools and materials before you even start. The following guide will help acquaint you with all the tools that you will need for your home improvement projects for years to come.

• TAPE MEASURE: A tape measure is among the most important tools for a home improvement job, or for any sort of construction job, for that matter. Most tape measures go up to 35 feet, in some cases a little more or a little less. When you are using new materials, everything will need to be measured. Even if you are just doing some basic replacements, you will have to make some measurements before removing or installing anything. This includes everything from window blinds to measuring space for a new couch.

• SQUARE: Squares are important because there are so many applications in which materials have to be installed (such as cabinets) and it must be determined if the wall or floor is square. You must have a starting point that is square (at a 90 degree angle), and this tool will help a great deal.

• LEVEL: A level is a tool between one and four feet long that has liquid inside with a bubble that functions as an indicator. When the object that you are measuring is level (flat), the bubble will be between the two hash lines. A level can be used for vertical and horizontal measurements, and ensures that anything from flooring to frames won’t be crooked.

• CHALK LINE: A chalk line is a tool that consists of a string inside of a box encased in chalk. When pulled out, it can be used like a pencil, but is snapped on the ground. A chalk line can also mark in an instant a line up to 25 feet long. This is sometimes more practical than a straightedge.

• STRAIGHTEDGE: A straight-edge is a tool approximately six feet long, made of steel. A straight edge is used as a guide to cut things in a straight line. It can be used as a guide for either a saw or a utility knife.

• CLAW HAMMER: With a claw hammer, not only can you hammer and pound things, you can also use it to pull up nails. There is also a tool called a nail puller, which is designed specifically for pulling up nails, but you may not need that specific tool unless you are doing a bunch of demolition work. In a normal home improvement project, a claw hammer should suffice.

• DRILL: Used for drilling holes (with different types and sizes of drill bits) or mixing up various products, such as drywall compounds or paint. Drills are also used in the application of a fastener, mainly screws (including different types of screws).

• CIRCULAR SAW: Circular saws are used to cut laminates and wood. Circular saws can be equipped with different types of blades so they can cut plastic or metal.

• JIGSAW: A jigsaw is a type of reciprocating saw, but a small version that is used to cut an assortment of patterns that cannot be cut with a circular saw. A circular saw can only cut straight lines, whereas a jigsaw can make all sorts of designs.

• SAWSALL: This universal demolition tool is used for cutting open walls, floors, and ceilings. It comes with an assortment of blades, enabling it to cut through wood, plastic, or metal. The sawsall is an extremely important tool in demolition.

• PLUMBING PLIERS: Plumbing pliers are very handy, and used for hooking up just about anything that uses water or gas, which includes pipes, drains, valves, appliances, gas lines, and more.

• PIPE WRENCH: A pipe wrench is used for the same applications as plumbing pliers, but for bigger fittings, such as gas lines, furnaces, and air conditioning or ventilation units.

• SCREWDRIVERS: Pretty much self-explanatory, but everything is put together with screws these days. You will want a slotted screw and a Phillips head screw.

• TROWEL: Trowels are used for spreading everything from flooring cements to concrete.

• LADDER: We could never leave this one off our list. Compact ladders are essential to any home improvement project. Lightweight ladders are necessary for a variety of tasks, including giving the home a fresh coat of paint (inside and outside), changing light fixtures, hanging photos or other decorative items, cleaning the roof and gutters, trimming trees, and so on. Without a ladder, even the simplest of tasks can become impossible.

Those tools should get you through any home improvement project. The list does not stop there, however. Other important items you will need may include a belt sander, paint brushes, caulk guns, and various other tools. Keep your tool box and bench stocked with these things and you’ll be a DIY guru in no time.

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