With everybody spending more time at home, do-it-yourself (DIY) projects are becoming even more popular. If you’ve got the itch to try out some fun projects for yourself, you’ll need to get your tools and equipment in order. There’s nothing worse then trying to take on a project and figuring out part-way through that you don’t have the things you need.
Luckily, if you purchase a few essential power tools, they’ll cover you for almost any project you decide to take on. Not sure what you need? Here’s our picks for the most useful power tools every homeowner needs.
7 Essential Power Tools to Buy Today
While you might not have enough money on hand to buy all the types of power tools you’ll eventually need, we suggest choosing the ones you think you’ll use most often and then picking up more when you can. Before you know it, you’ll have a full collection.
If you only buy one tool on this list, it should be a cordless drill. This is one of the most versatile tools you can get your hands on. It can drill holes (obviously) and turn bolts and screws.
Need to put up a shelf, hang a painting, or fix an appliance? Your cordless drill will make it so much easier!
Cordless Circular Saw
If you’re going to be doing any type of serious home improvement, like remodeling, building shelves, or other woodwork, you’ll want a circular saw. Since most people don’t have room for a full-sized table saw, this is the next best thing.
You can use it to cut boards, 2 x 4s, and even long pieces of plywood with ease. A 6 ½ inch saw is ideal for home use and that’s the one you should buy. Bonus points if it has electric brakes and a laser guide.
Whether you’re cleaning up the mess from the project you’re working on or you need to clean up after a flood or even clean out your gutters, a wet/dry vacuum will be a lifesaver.
While Shop-Vac is the brand most people think of right away, there are many other brands on the market that are just as good. Just make sure you get a size that’s appropriate for your home. If it’s too big, storage will be an issue, and if it’s too small, you’ll have to empty it out far too often.
Sanding is an important step in many DIY projects, but it’s also super tedious. That’s why you need a small orbit sander, also called a palm sander. This will replace hours of manual labor and protect your wrists and elbows from wearing out.
While we almost always recommend cordless tools, in this case, a corded version is the way to go. Otherwise, the battery will add far too much weight and bulk.
Almost every project involves nails, and hammering them one at a time is far too much in some cases. A nail gun is a fairly inexpensive addition to your tool collection that will make your life so much easier!
There are several different types of nail guns available, and the one that’s best for you will depend on the type of projects you have planned. Brad nailers are fairly flexible and are usually a good choice for your first gun. You may also want to consider framing nail guns, 23-guage pin nail guns, or 15-guage finish nail guns.
Whether you want to change the color of your fence or even your home, or you’re into woodworking or other projects, a paint sprayer can give you a smooth finish that you just can’t get with a brush or a roller. This creates a fine mist of stain or paint that can also make cabinets or furniture look amazing.
Once you use a paint sprayer for the first time, you’ll never think about hiring a professional painter again!
Reciprocating Saw (Sawzall)
Lastly, if you have enough left in your budget, consider purchasing a reciprocating saw. This is great for a huge variety of uses, including cutting notches in walls or wood, cutting through PVC pipes, cutting through nails, and cutting through tree branches.
This is one of those tools that you don’t realize you need — until you have it. Then, you’ll wonder how you got along without it.
Set up Your Work Space
Once you have all accumulated all of your must-have power tools, you also need a proper workspace. If you’re going to do crafts inside your home, especially if they involve woodworking, make sure you have a proper air purifier for dust removal. This will make the area safer and more comfortable.
Even better, we recommend setting up a work area in your garage. You can hang all of your tools for easy access, build a decent-sized workbench, and, when you’re dealing with something messy or that will create fumes, you can just open the garage door.
Add a small space heater for your garage and you’ll be able to work there comfortably all year round!
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