No matter if you are male/female, young/old You CAN do almost any project completely on your own.
It’s already broken, you can’t really break it morem so what do you have to lose by giving it a go!
Pros can cost you big $$$ and most of it goes straight into labor costs. You could end up spending
as much as 75% for labor alone!!!
Thats 150$ of a 200$ estimate, and if its a big job like a kitchen remodel, then that’s a whopping $30,000 of your total $40,000 dollar kitchen remodel. That alone is a enough reason to give it a try on your own. Why pass over your hard earned money for simple jobs when you can do it on your own, and the satisfaction you’ll feel from the accomplishment is worth even more.
You might find this amazing but the “do it yourself” concept is not new.
Do you think the founding fathers of your country hired someone to patch a hole or paint a wall? No, they did it themselves, or at very minimum bartered with someone they knew within their own community. Ladies, don’t think for a moment you’re off the hook, who says you can’t wear a skirt and heels but still toss on the rugged jeans and boots when needed? Women of the past wore dresses exclusively and they still got out there and tended the farm.
For the beginner Do it yourself -er there are some basic tools you will find you always need, especially if you are a new home owner too. (Congrats to you!)
When shopping for tools quality DOES matter, but it does not mean you have to give up a kidney or sell your eggs to science, to get the tools you need.
Where to shop?
There are so many choices when it comes to shopping, you’ve got your
- all-in-one– get your hair done while buying a ride on lawn mower super stores like Lowes or Home Depot
- Mom and pop hardware stores which are, unfortunately, harder and harder to come by, however by shopping in your local store you’ll also be supporting small business in your local community. (a nice way to give back to the town you love so dearly.)
Before you jump in the car all excited to fill up your tool box, make sure you are armed with a LIST of items you NEED. Even with a list,I find I get sucked in worse then Grandma at a 50% off Sale, when I walk into a hardware store. My eyes light up like a Christmas tree as I OOoo and Ahh over the shiney power tools oh and theres the mulch, the light bulb, the new kitchen sick and a rug for the foyer too! ADD kicks in as ideas start to fly and before you know it you’ll be walking out with 30 things you not only did not need and don’t even relate, but a big fat hole in your pocket too,
Unless of course you have YOUR LIST.
To ensure you are armed and ready to tackle almost any job here is a list of
31 Must Have Beginner DiY (Do it yourself) / New Home owner tools.
- Retractable tape measure
- Variety pack of nails
- Variety pack of screws
- Electrical tape
- Blue painters tape – this stuffs got almost as many uses as duct tape
- Multi-screwdriver – they come with interchangeable bits that can even be used in handheld power drills.
- Hammer – choose one with a good weight on it so that it can handle the small jobs and ones that need a bit more oomph
- 2ft level
- Utility knife + blades – Go with a heavy duty one, you will find yourself using this more often than you’d ever imaged, form cutting pages and boxes, to carpets and plastic packaging.
- Adjustable wrench
- Allen wrench set
- Flashlight – try an LED flashlight, they last longer burn brighter and use less batteries, I have even seen some LED flashlights that you simply shake to turn them on.
- Safety goggle – They won’t make you the cool kid on the block, I prefer goggles to safety glasses simply because I know they won’t slip and they provide complete coverage around your eyes from debris.
- Pack of dust masks – you’ll need heavy duty masks if you plan to use any epoxy paint or do any cement work.
- Work light – these are for the jobs you need both hands, you can buy clip-on direction work lights, floor style adjustable work lights, or even tube like flexible work light styles.
- Twine -great for tying up bundles of cardboard, and other miscellaneous things around the home
- Duct tape – the quick fix solution for just about anything, heck the guys in MythBusters even built a boat using this stuff.
- Teflon tape – also called plumbers tape, used for wrapping and screwing together pipes to avoid leaks.
- Needle nose pliers
- Ratchet set
- Vice grips
- Carpenters pencil – Tehse are the funny rectangular shaped pencils that don’t roll away.
- Multi-pack of sand paper
- Wood putty – fills holes in wood
- Spackling paste -fills holes in sheetrock/gypsum board & plaster walls/ceilings
- Putty knife
- Toilet plunger! Trust me, you don’t want to be in a situation without this tool.
- Stud finder– you’ll need this for securing anything to a wall from family photos to shelves and racks
- Miter box – a simple tool for making straight and angled cuts that comes with a hand saw.
- DIY Book – Last but not least the must have book to fixing everything from holes in walls, to installing new outlets and cleaning clogged pipes, the “Home Improvement 1-2-3: Expert Advice from The Home Depot (Home Depot … 1-2-3) ” Sure we can look up anything on the internet in this digital age but a leaking pipe and your 600 Ipad just don’t get along well; I always prefer a book in situations where I know things are gonna get messy, especially in my workshop.
I have included a printer friendly
“DIY tool checklist”
Good luck, have fun improving your home, and remember
You CAN “Do it Yourself!”
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