No matter what type of home improvement or repair project you are working on, you will need a variety of tools. Tools are among the most important components of any home improvement project. Here, we will discuss some of the most common, yet essential, tools needed for home improvement.
With any home improvement or repair project, safety should be the top priority. Goggles, some form of hearing protection, masks, and gloves should be considered staples of the job site for any renovation.
Find the Right Tool for the Job
If you are working on walls or floors, there are a few specific tools that you will need. If you are redoing a basement, you will need a wire brush, stiff-bristled brushes, and heavy-duty paintbrushes in order to protect the walls. You will also need waterproof masonry sealers, household cleaners, buckets, and sponges. For painting, you will need a stiff-bristled paintbrush, and, possibly, a masonry primer. If you are working on paneled walls, you will need a hammer, chisels, a wallboard, carpentry, and a putty knife, a caulk gun, a framing square, a pry bar, a rubber mallet, and nails.
In order to prevent leakage, you will need a trowel or putty knife, a wire brush, vacuum, chisel, and a caulk gun.
For outside jobs, such as new gutters or drains, you will need a hacksaw, a good quality drill and bits, a caulk gun, and multiple scrapers.
For general indoor repairs, you will need some basic tools, including: drills, screwdrivers, hammers, scrapers, paintbrushes, pliers, awls, utility knives, a stud finder, and a level.
For plaster repair, you will need a paintbrush and a wallboard knife. This type of job necessitates more single-use supplies than tools.
Flooring jobs, such as replacing ceramic tiles, require tools, like an awl, tile cutters, nippers, utility knives, a compass, grout floats, and mallets. For sub-floor repairs, you might need a caulk gun, drill, chisel, straightedge, trowel, square, and a saw. When replacing flooring, always make sure the sub-flooring is in good condition and free of damage.
For wallpaper repairs or replacement, you will need a utility knife, edge roller, sponge, and a syringe (in order to apply adhesive). Wallpapering is a tricky task, so take your time and be very methodical about the job.
For minor ceiling repairs, you might need a drill, a wallboard knife, and a hammer. For ceiling patches, you will need additional tools, including chisels, a framing square, and a utility knife.
Roof repairs, such as leaks, require shingles, masonry nails, a hammer, brackets, a drill, bits, soft shoes, an extension ladder, and slide guards. This is a two-person job, so enlist the help of a friend for roofing projects.
Invest in the Basics and Save
Now that you have an idea about what kinds of tools you will need for some basic home improvement projects, you can see that most tools can be used for multiple jobs. It is smart to buy the basics, especially if you like to complete repairs and improvements yourself.
A lot of the big equipment needed for home improvement projects can be rented for a budget-friendly single day.