If you are planning a home improvement project, for example, adding a solar power generation system, you cannot undertake the project without the required tools otherwise the whole exercise will be futile and will end up with unsatisfactory results. Tools are the most important part of any job apart from the project design plan but they are often left out during the preliminary stages.
People are always confused about the tools to be used when they want to do any Do It Yourself (DIY) work. Whenever any such program is undertaken, the first and foremost is “safety”.
When doing home improvement, always wear a proper eyewear such as goggles to safeguard your eyes. Also do not forget to use safety hat, ear protector and breathing masks to have a total protection for your face and head.
When you remodel or repair walls, you need to have simple basic tools available, but if you are working on walls which are located at the basement, you will need to use brushes with stiff bristles, wire brushes, and paint brushes.
Other materials required are masonry sealers, large containers, sponges and household cleaners. In case the repairs are undertaken outside your home such as grades around the foundation, you will require tools like grading rake, wheel barrow, rake, hand temp, and a fine leveler.
For homemade solar power system where the Photovoltaic (PV) panels will be located on the roof, you will require items such as a cordless hand drill, hammer, screwdrivers, scrapers, paint brushes, glue gun, awl, pliers, knives, rollers, tile pliers, stud finder, syringes and wallboard knives. To repair the damage to the plaster, you will require paint brush and wallboard knives.
Walls made of panels can be repaired by using tools like chisels, hammers, wallboard knives, caulk gun, framing square, putty knife, carpentry knife, nails, rubber mallet and pry bar. The replacement of ceramic tiles is quite difficult, for this you will require tile cutters, a pair of nippers, utility knife, compass, hammer, awl, wood tile and a grout afloat.
To improve the aesthetic in your house, wallpapered walls can be repaired by using an utility knife, sponge, edge roller, a pair and a syringe.
For repairing ceiling, sometimes you may need only a cordless drill, hammer and wallboard knife. For patching work on ceiling, additional tools like chisel, utility knife and framing square are required.
Repainting job is very easy, especially when you are painting your door or window frames, you may need tools such as a paint roller, paint, brush, pad sander and a putty knife. Hopefully, by now you have gotten a fair idea about the various types of tools required in any home improvement programs.
Many of the tools are very common which can be used for multiple purposes, this means you can stock up your DIY tool kit in your garage in a relatively short time.
If you cannot afford to buy all the tools, you have a choice of renting them and return it quickly after the DIY job has been completed. However, for generic working tools such as a cordless drill, hammer, screwdriver etc, I would suggest you get your own set.
Many home owners, due to the excitement of starting a DIY project, rushes into the job without proper planning and making sure all the required tools as available. It may seem insignificant, but do get all the tools ready because it will determine the success or failure of the project.