What Can You Do if an Important Tool Breaks?

What Can You Do if an Important Tool Breaks?
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    You're halfway through a project, and the sliding saw you rely on stops cutting straight or worse — it doesn't work at all.


Having an important tool break down in the middle of a repair or renovation can disrupt your plans, especially if you don’t have the funds to buy its replacement.

If none of your troubleshooting attempts work, here are some ideas on how to handle this hiccup on a small budget

1. Wait to Save, if Possible

Nobody wants to stop a job before they finish it, but sometimes, this is the only option you have. Taking a break gives you time to save up the money you need to purchase a new replacement.

During that time, you can hunt down sales and other discounts to lower your costs.

What happens if you can’t wait? With some emergency renovations, it’s unsafe to leave a job unfinished, like when it comes to broken pipes and pest removal.

In this case, you may consider borrowing quick cash online. You can find some quick cash loans online that are designed with unexpected emergencies in mind. They may be an option when your reno budget and savings fall short.

A cash loan is a convenient stopgap so that you can replace your tool and get on with an urgent repair without delay. However, like any personal loan, a cash loan comes with a cost. That’s why you should only use this option in an emergency.

2. Ask a Neighbor or Friend

Do you have friends or neighbors who are particularly handy? They might do you an enormous favor and lend you the tool you need.

Although it’s not always an option depending on your project, it’s the fastest solution on this list.

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Borrowing a tool lets you carry on with your renovation without having to apply for an online loan. Even though some instant cash loans online promise fast access to money, they still take some time to apply for and receive.

3. Enroll in a Tool Library

A tool library is a place that lets you rent tools and equipment for a small annual membership. This fee is a fraction of the cost of many brand-new tools or online loans, and it gives you access to a massive catalog of items.

With one membership fee, you can take out several tools — from simple hand tools to more advanced power tools. The best libraries even have specialized devices for tiling, plumbing, or electrical work.

You’ll usually get a week to use your rental before you’re expected to return it. And as long as you return it in the same shape you receive it, you’ll be able to rent it again or take out another item.

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Tool libraries are popping up all over the world, so there’s a good chance you can find one near you. Take a look at this map to see if there’s one nearby.

Bottom Line

Broken tools can feel like the worst-case scenario when it comes to your project. But any seasoned DIY-er or professional knows that every renovation has its curveballs.

If it isn’t an equipment failure, it’s something else. At least with a broken or misfiring tool, you have quick and convenient solutions available.

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