DIY and Pro Help With Your Home Projects
If you can’t find your tools easily, they are worthless. A organized holder is key to having usable tools. A bucket works pretty good but I like the ridgid tool bag because it keeps my tool organized and I am not always digging to the bottom of the bucket. It also makes is easy to carry a heavy tool set since it has a comfortable handle.
Gloves: A good set of tight fitting gloves can save your hands.
Respirator: Protect yourself from insulation, dust and chemicals with a good quality respirator
Measuring and Marking
Tape Measure. I prefer the lever-lock since it stays extended. You push the button when you want to retract the tape. That just makes more sense to me.
Sharpie pen and lumber pencil. Between the two, I can mark on anything.
Stud finder. My stud finder also detects AC in the wall. This can stop me from putting a screw or nail into a romex wire that will be very hard to fix.
Laser Level: They are really cheap now and can be used to check levels at long distances.
Variable speed cordless drill. I like 18-volt systems with 2 batteries. Most people will never run out of power with 2 quick charge batteries.
Magnetic bit holder with both philips and slotted head bits. This allows the cordless drill to be used a super powerful screw driver. Actually I carry one of every bit imaginable. I also have a handle that hold the same bits I am ready for any style of screw, nut or bolt.
Circular Saw or Skill saw. I love my Milwaukee saw. I has fallen off the roof over 25 feet and still works perfectly. I added a 15 feet cord so it can reach most cutting projects without an extension cord. DON’T WASTE YOUR MONEY ON A CORDLESS SAW. THEY DON’T WORK.
Razor knife: I have 5 in my tool bag so I never have to stop working to find one.
Razor scraper: The quickest way to clean glass and other hard materials.
Wire cutter and stripper: This is the basic tool for most electrical work
Cable cutters: Great for larger wires and cable. It can also cut off a ring (without hurting the finger) if it gets stuck.
Key-hole Saw (or sheet rock saw): This saw is compact and perfect for cutting holes in sheet rock.
PVC pipe cutter: This cutter works great on all softer materials like plastics and rope.
Hammer: I like the Estwing 18 Oz smooth head since it will work for framing and finishing. It is also a good tool for demolition.
Screw Drivers: I carry a quick change square handle screw driver from Tool City (Home depot next to the checkout) and a set of small General screw drivers with a yellow cap.
Nail sets: Make easy work of a poorly set nail.
Vise Grip pliers: Good for all types of clamping and holding.
Adjustable Open-ended Wrench:
Duct tape / Marking tape:
Set of Allen Head wrenches (small plastic handle)
This tool set will be sufficient for 80% of the small quick-fix jobs around your house.
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