Home renovations can cost you a great deal of money. To save a huge chunk of your budget, you have the option to do the upgrades yourself so you don’t have to pay for a contractor. There are thousands of videos and blogs online that can teach you everything you need to know about home renovations.
When you’re finally ready for practical applications, here are the equipment and tools you’ll need for your DIY home renovation project:
Unlike regular ones, mini or compact excavators are the perfect size for your major home renovation projects. It’s convenient to use in neighborhoods because it doesn’t take up a lot of space and produces less noise.
You can rent out mini excavators instead of buying one. It’s more economical for you to do so because you might not need it often unless you want to own one and rent it out, too. Now, remember, even if this is a mini version, be careful of handling it and make sure that the heavy equipment rubber tracks are in good condition to prevent accidents.
A hammer is probably the most basic item that you need in your toolbox. Every home has a hammer in their garage even if no woodworker or contractor lives in that house. You’ll need it for driving in nails or removing it. It’s also going to come in handy when you need to break down plaster walls.
If you’re planning to assemble or disassemble your cabinets, lamps, doorknobs, outlet covers, or furniture, you need a screwdriver. A lot of items around your house use screws, so you’re going to need different types of screwdrivers to get the job done.
A measuring tape is considered one of the most used tools in a job site. Accurate measurements during a DIY home renovation is crucial. You need preciseness to make sure that everything fits. You’ll need to use a measuring tape to measure the following:
- Pipe sizes
- Appliance placements
- Door frames
- Marking lines on flat areas
- Length and height of furniture
- Square footage of different rooms
Your hands can do a lot of things, but when it comes to tough renovating projects, you’re going to need some help. When there’s something you need to turn or pull that’s too tough for your hands alone, you’ll need to use pliers.
Aside from having the force and strength your hands lack, it can also come in handy when you need to cut cables, wires, rusty nails, clips, and screws.
Handsaws are fine for small DIY projects such as building a table or a cabinet, but for a home renovation project, you need a power saw. You’ll need the power provided by a circular saw to make wood cutting quick and easy.
Saws have sharp edges, so make sure that you keep it away from children. Always tuck it away safely when not in use and unplug it.
Home renovations will entail working in heights you cannot reach. You need a ladder to reach those overhead shelves or cabinets you want to install. There are many different kinds of ladders such as step ladders, extension ladders, and single pole ladders, but there are multipurpose ladders that you can bend a few different ways depending on your needs.
A power drill is one of the most versatile tools you’re going to own. You’re going to need it to make holes of different sizes when you need to drive in screws. The best thing about power drills is that you can replace the tips for your other drilling and driving needs.
You also have the option between cordless and corded power drills. If you prefer a convenient tool you can carry everywhere, go for the cordless one. It’s a lot more lightweight than the corded tools that limit the distance where you can take it.
There are different kinds of tape you need:
- Electrical tape – Use this for covering exposed wires, so nobody gets electrocuted.
- Duct tape – Use this when you need extra tough sticking needs. You can use this to connect broken handles, but don’t use this for ducts because, ironically, it won’t stand the heat.
- Painter’s tape – Use this when you are painting your walls to protect the lining and edges you don’t want to have any paint on. You can also use this tape to create abstract patterns.
DIY home renovation projects are not possible without the equipment and tools listed above. You’re going to need those to get your job done. Buy the stuff that you know you’ll use often and rent the ones you’ll only use once in a while. Make sure you know how to use each one of them to prevent accidents from happening.