If you want to learn how to do home renovation projects yourself, your’e going to have to invest in a lot of tools to get the job done. One of my favorite sites for tool reviews is ToolGuyd, if you’re interested in checking out a lot more on the subject. But for now, we’re just going to zero in on a few that I find particularly valuable, and which should work on all types of jobs; so if you’re just starting out, it might be a good decision to target these first.
What tool kit would be complete without a hammer? You certainly don’t need me to tell you what a hammer does, but you may be surprised to find out how much you really need one once you start working. I’d estimate that I put my hammer to use in about 75% of all my home improvement projects.
A good power saw can save you so much time. When we were re-doing our bathroom, there was a complicated shelving unit that my wife wanted to place in. I was going to build it from scratch. It involved a lot of moving parts, and a lot of wood. My power saw saved me dozens of hours, at least. The downside with these things is that they’re kind of expensive (~$200) and they take up a lot of room.
Whereas a power saw can do good work on bigger pieces you’re working with, you’ll also need a good knife to take care of some of the smaller jobs. The Ka-Bar Becker Companion is my favorite all-around knife for such jobs. It’s sharp as hell and is so well-made, it should last you a long time.
So, again — there are a LOT more tools than this to really set you on your way. But this is a good place to start. Take care of these three items, and you’ll be ready to get going. Then you can move on to the more involved items, which we’ll save for a later post.