There are some DIY jobs around the home but all better left to the professionals. However, there are lots of tasks in the home that you can easily complete by yourself.
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Even if your home appears spotless at first glance, there’s probably at least one or two potential DIY tasks lurking somewhere.
All you need to succeed with your DIY tasks is a great set of tools and a little patience! If you’re brand-new to the DIY world, things might take you longer to complete. But it’s often worth investing the time and effort into these tasks to save yourself paying somebody else to do them.
A successful DIY task begins with your toolkit. Without the right equipment, it becomes almost impossible for you to complete your tasks at home. Not to mention that using the wrong tools is also dangerous.
Here is a list of the top equipment that you should have to hand before you embark on a DIY journey in your home. Having these tools will save you a bunch of time, energy, and money on your home improvements.
Welders are used to combining two pieces of metal using extremely high temperatures. You’ll need a decent amount of open space in your home or garage to safely use a welder.
Depending on the type of task that you’re completing, you might need a specific type of welder. Take a look online and double-check which type of welder best suits your needs before you purchase one.
For example, a MIG tig stick welder is ideal for beginners and can be used to join two thin pieces of metal together. This is unlike a TIG welder, which is more advanced and can be used for a variety of metals and metal alloys.
It goes without saying that there is a safety risk with using this DIY tool. Before you start using a welder, make sure to research how to correctly use it. Wear all of the necessary personal protective equipment to reduce your risk of injury.
The majority of DIY tasks at home require some kind of drill. Different types of drills make cutting through wood and plasterboard quick and easy.
Whether it’s for something simple like putting up some shelving or constructing a complex piece of wooden furniture, your drill is going to be essential. Better yet, you don’t need to spend a fortune buying the most expensive, high-tech drill on the market. There are lots of great, affordable options.
If you can, get yourself a cordless drill so you don’t end up tripping over your wires. Your handheld drill will make it easier to get to the hard-to-reach areas of your home. Most cordless drills are powered via lithium-ion batteries and they run smoothly and efficiently.
Don’t forget that you’ll also need a range of attachments for your drill. Screws now come in a variety of shapes and sizes, so make sure you have an attachment for each. The most common screw heads are Phillips, flat, hex, and Torx. If you’ve got a limited budget, stick to Philips-head and star-shaped drivers for your drill. These two attachments should work for most screw types.
Having a variety of saws in your home is key to successfully completing a range of DIY tasks. There are different kinds of saws, each of which has unique advantages.
Chop saws use a large blade that is ideal for making angled cuts. This type of saw is perfect for when you’re laying down a patio or cutting through piping, but it can take up a lot of space in your home.
If your space is limited, you might benefit more from using a table saw. If you want to make straight, precise cuts in wood or plasterboard, a table saw is all you need. Basic table saws are fairly inexpensive but they can be used for a range of DIY tasks in your home.
One of the most basic, but most necessary DIY tools is the good, old step ladder. Any task that needs to be performed at height will require a ladder, from painting your walls to changing your ceiling lights to fixing your roof tiles.
Make sure you get a sturdy set of ladders. You don’t want to put yourself or your family at risk of injury by getting low-quality, wobbly steps. Keep in mind that the top ‘step’ of most step ladders is actually more of a platform on which you can rest your tools or paints. This platform shouldn’t be used as a step to stand on.