The Importance of Using the Right Tools When Remodeling

The Importance of Using the Right Tools When Remodeling
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    You can't do any project around the house without the proper tools, but if you are remodeling, you need to have access to a few specific tools.

    You don't need every highly specialized tool available in a hardware store, but there are a few that you should consider investing in over time to simplify larger projects.

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If your project is a large one, you should call in a professional service company. They will bring in the heavy equipment and can provide rigging services to strap down gear like backhoes, excavators, and things to keep everything safe and secure.

Heavy objects can be hazardous if they accidentally fall on someone or something. It’s best to minimize the chances of accidents occurring by hiring a professional to help hoist any overweight materials.

However, if your projects are minor fix-it-up or renovation projects, you could use a few essential home tools to get the job done. Here is a list of a few general tool categories you will want to have on hand for your remodeling project

Safety Gear

It is essential to have safety gear. The first things you need are safety goggles, a face mask, and safety glasses, but most people overlook the power tool manual.

Read the manual. It could prevent severe injuries. If you are unable to find a particular manual, consider searching for online guides in order to properly handle a particular tool.

Of course, if you are using loud power tools, get earplugs or earmuffs to reduce the noise and protect your ears. If you are working alongside other people, be sure to learn hand signals to communicate with each other efficiently.

Keep your cell phone near as well. If you should experience a problem, you can always call someone if you have your cell phone near you.

Hand Tools

Every handy person needs several screwdrivers, straight and slotted, as well as a hex-type screwdriver set. You’ll need a tape measure and a combination square to figure out levels and layouts.

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Don’t forget the stepladder or extension ladder for getting up to those high places on the house.

A hammer is essential, as well as a good utility knife and flat bar for prying.

You may also want some clamps around. These tools are great for holding materials together you are gluing.

Carpentry Equipment

If you are serious about remodeling, you will need a few power tools for cutting lumber. You’ll want a good power saw, a cordless jigsaw to cut curves, and a drill for drilling holes.

Plumbing Tools

Your basic toolkit may already have several tools you need for plumbing, but you will need to get a toilet plunger and a drain snake for anything that the plunger can’t get to.

For older houses that have copper pipes, you will need a pipe cutter and a propane torch to cut and reweld pipe in areas where leaks can spring.

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Getting a complete toolbox takes some time. You’ll need to combine new tools with tools you pick up second hand. Some tools are special for specialized work like cabinet installation or floor installation.

It is probably best you acquire these on a per-job basis. In other words, when you are ready to replace the flooring, buy the tools you will need for that particular project.

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