The home improvement world can be a complicated one to navigate if a homeowner is just getting started. It’s not just a time investment, but also a financial one to buy the equipment, small tools in toolkits and accouterments necessary for every project.
But once a homeowner has the hang of it, it’s hard not to be thirsty for more. For those who have graduated past the standard hammer, screwdriver and Allen wrench, keep these tools in mind for the next hardware trip.
The versatility of an air compressor makes it a must for those who complete a number of major projects around the home. Air compressors can be used in practically any location. And they can transition from inflating a tire to powering a nail gun in seconds flat. A good compressor will not only improve the professional quality of a project, they’ll also save the user from physically repetitive or demanding tasks that may result in long-term injury.
Building the deck yourself or fitting floorboards for the dining room is going to a lot of work, and a handsaw just isn’t going to cut it. To save time and effort, use a circular power saw to make the whole process go a lot smoother. The round blade is efficient at blasting through thick wood quickly, and it’s flexible enough that DIY pros swear by its utility. Look for a corded version that’s around 15 amps. Cordless versions aren’t quite as powerful and have a limited battery life. And think safety around a circular saw.
New DIYers tend to discount the importance of the right sander. However, pros know that these tools perform a very practical service for any project. A 5-inch variable speed rotary sander gives the owner the option to set their own pace, depending on the state of their materials. There are larger sanders that homeowners can buy, but they tend to be more cumbersome to maneuver. For intermediate and advanced handymen, a 5-inch is likely all they’ll need.
This suggestion is arguably one that many beginners may have in their home, but it’s a tool that’s really only necessary advanced DIYers. Just hanging the occasional picture frame doesn’t require a nail gun, but shingling the roof or putting up paneling will. If you already have the nail gun at home, buy an air nail gun instead of an electric one. An electric nail gun is typically recommended for those who may do multiple smaller projects throughout the year. This is as opposed to several large projects vs. small ones.
For those who want to take their woodworking hobby to the next level, a router is the next logical step. This tool makes it easy to hollow out any hard material so woodworkers can get the exact shape they want. While rotaries can sometimes be used as routers, most serious DIYers will want an electric router. These get their projects done faster and with more precision. Smaller versions can be used to do trim laminate edges, such as faceplates or hinges.
Becoming a DIY professional is going to take more than a few tools in a homeowner’s arsenal or tool box. These recommendations are a good place to get started. As you continue to learn the tricks of the trade, you can upgrade supplies as needed. As a final tip sinking a few extra dollars into your final choices can be the best way to avoid getting stuck with a tool you never use.