Most people find it difficult to decide whether to hire a contractor or do a project themselves. However, DIY will always be cheaper than hiring a contractor. You can use DIY on home maintenance, landscaping, or even car repair. The trick to a successful DIY project is using the right guidelines and tools. Although you do not have to buy every equipment in your local store, make sure you have useful tools that you will use over and over. You will find several tools and brands in your local store, and everyone will have their own preference. Fortunately, you only need a few tools for home emergencies and repairs. Here are three do it yourself home improvement must-haves.
You will need a hammer in almost all DIY home improvements to drive in and pull out nails. A typical hammer will have a head on one side and a claw on the opposite side. You can use the head to drive in nails, and the claw to pry them out. You can also use a hammer for any job that needs whacking such as breaking a plaster wall. When buying one, look for the 16-ounce hammer that comes with a smooth head and a curved claw. You can use this kind of hammer for both heavy-duty and delicate jobs. The curved claw will make it easier for you to pull out nails. Hammers will come either with a wooden or metal handle with the price ranging from $4 to $35.
Some things in your house are attached with screws. These screws hold together lamps and furniture or connect door knobs and cabinet doors. With time, the screws may become loose and they require you to tighten or replace them with new ones. You will need a screwdriver anytime you need to fix a screw problem. Experts say that this is the tool that you will use more often. There are two types of screws: Philips, which has a cross in the middle, and flat-head with a single slot in the top. Make sure you have both the Philips and a flat-head screwdriver to handle each type. Purchase several screwdrivers of different sizes or get a screwdriver set to deal with a variety of screw sizes and types. You can also opt to buy a multi-screwdriver and save some space in your toolbox. When purchasing, look for a screwdriver with a sturdy and comfortable grip.
A handsaw is a toothed cutting blade attached to a handle. You can use a handsaw to make quick cuts in wood. The tool makes soft and straight cuts and is ideal when building any wooden structures. There are three basic types of handsaws: traditional western, Japanese pull, and pruning saws. The conventional western saw has a two-foot blade and cuts when you push it forward through the wood. The edge in a Japanese pull saw is straight and cuts as you move it back through the wood. Pruning saws have a narrow folded blade and cuts on the pull stroke. This page contains more information about saws.
Remember that owning a good set of tools is not enough. Learn how to them in your DIY projects.