When it comes to DIY, we will want to make things as easy and safe as possible. This is achieved by not just buying the materials you need for a job but, at the same time, the tools that will help you to do it, rather than relying on just the tools in your garage or shed to complete the task. We cannot always have the tool for everything, although some will claim that they have, and so will often need to buy a new tool more specifically suited to a task.
With our thinking sorted out, we should now decide on the tools that suit the various jobs that we are likely to want to carry out around the home when it comes to improvements and repairs.
Nail guns are useful for driving nails into wood. They are often pneumatic and driven by compressed air. They can be used on any job that would otherwise require a 15 or 16-gauge nail. This might include crown molding, skirting boards, door casings, or window casings. Also, they have a use when it comes to heavier construction jobs, such as decking and fence construction. Also, for roofing where thick wood is used.
For skirting boards, also known as baseboards, you should use nails that are 2 to 2.5 inches in length as well as of the gauge mentioned above. This will mean that you have a nail that is durable for your thick boards.
When constructing decking, you should ensure that you leave gaps between the wooden decking boards so that you have better drainage.
Paint Rollers and Sprayers
By using paint rollers or sprayers you will achieve a better finish than with brushstrokes. It does not matter how good a painter you are, brushstrokes will always be visible.
Paint rollers are quicker than using paintbrushes, too, and more so if you use a wider roller. These range from 4 inches for detailed painting, to 15 inches for medium-sized walls, to 24 inches for large floors. The larger rollers, particularly, can take some getting used to if you are used to using a brush, but will ultimately complete a job faster, and prove less tedious than using a brush if you see decorating as more of a chore than a pleasure.
For situations other than walls or floors, although paint sprayers can be used for those too, you can cover a surface with paint quicker and more evenly using a spray gun. Be sure to use a mask, particularly indoors, and do not choose a time to spray your outdoor fence when the wind is blowing, or in the wrong direction. Different spray guns will have different distances that you need to hold the spray gun away from the surface of what you are spraying. Typically, for an HVLP spray gun, it will be 6 to 8 inches away and then increase to between 8 and 10 inches when using a conventional spray gun.
Jigsaws and Other Power Tools
There is nothing like a power tool to make cutting, drilling, or screwing, easier. A jigsaw will assist in cutting shapes out from inside a piece of wood, a power drill with drilling into brick walls when a masonry bit is fitted, and an electric screwdriver will prevent a sore wrist when driving a screw home.
Cordless power tools make it easier when you do not have a cable trailing. This might have been a reason why you carried on using your old manual tools. However, this has meant that you have had to work harder to achieve the same results. It is worth investing in power tools that can be used for several different jobs. If using cordless, make sure that they are always charged up. Otherwise, you will end up reverting to your old tools that are harder work, when you suddenly want to tackle a job that you have just thought about. When jobs are easier and quicker, because of the equipment we use, we are more likely to suddenly take it upon ourselves to tackle them one evening rather than wait until the weekend when we have more time. DIY does rather take away your weekend for other things.
In summary, consider making the task of DIY home improvements or repairs easier by investing in the right tools. Nail guns are perfect for eliminating effort and for avoiding bruised thumbs that manually hammering into a piece of wood can mean. Paint can be rolled and sprayed on as well as brushed for speed and ease. Finally, cordless power tools will take away all the effort without a potentially unsafe trailing cable to worry about.