11 Jul 20 Essential Home Renovation Tools
Commencing a home renovation on the Northern Beaches of Sydney can be tough enough, let alone trying to get it done without a good set of tools! Every builder knows that they’re only as good as their tools which is why we’ve put together this list of 20 essential home renovation tools to help you get the job done, and to get it done right!
- A good set of drills including an impact driver and drill: The first significant addition to your growing tool kit should be a high-quality set of drills. There isn’t much you can do without an impact driver and drill. The more power the better. Pay attention to the batteries; you can get 5 amp batteries with 6 amp batteries due to hit the market shortly. The 5 amp batteries will elevate your drill or driver’s capability significantly.
- Oscillating Multi Tool: This machine will soon become your best friend. The multi tool is a purpose-built machine that allows the user to trim timber flush. It can be used on different materials when you choose the appropriate blade. It also has the option of being used as a sander. The multi tool will get you out of trouble when you need it most!
- Jigsaw: No tool kit is complete without a Jigsaw. The Jigsaw gives you the ability to cut shapes and curves. It is a must have.
- Sliding Compound Mitre Saw: A sliding compound mitre saw is a staple on any building site. Do your research to ensure your money is well spent. There are many sliding compound mitre saws on the market and they all look the same at first glance. A good quality compound mitre saw will stand you in good stead for many years to come.
- Saw Horses: A good set of Saw Horses is a relatively cheap investment that has a variety of uses. Don’t buy the cheap set because you will want to be confident the Saw Horses are capable of supporting a heavy load. You can use them to create a work bench, scaffold or to store materials off the ground.
- Well-Equipped Tool Belt: A comfortable, well balanced and equipped tool belt will make you a proficient renovator. No more looking for your pencil or tape measure; they will be with you at all times ready to go. Make sure it’s comfortable to wear when it is equipped with your tools. You don’t want to develop a bad back or sore hips, so make sure the weight is evenly distributed.
- Power Saw with Guide: A good electric circular saw will set you back approximately $100 making it a well valued addition with many uses. This saw, when used with the guide provided, gives you the ability to rip timber to any width.
- Reciprocating Saw: If you are planning to carry out any demolition work what so ever, then a reciprocating saw will make you a demolition expert! It can cut through nails and timber all at the same time. It is extremely comfortable to hold and easy to use.
- A Set of Quality Chisels: Don’t buy the cheap set, they won’t last. A good quality set of chisels should last a lifetime. You can buy chisels in many different sizes. A 25mm chisel is a must, as you will require a 25mm chisel for most door lock installations.
- PPE Gear: This should be your first purchase. Buy yourself some safety glasses, gloves and dust mask. This will keep you safe and comfortable when using your tools.
- String Line: A string line will set you back approx. $5.00 – $10.00 and can be used in most set out situations where you need to achieve a straight and true line.
- Chalk Line: A chalk line will cost you approx. $20.00 and is used to mark a straight line between two points. It can be used for setting out or making any sheet material for cutting.
- Laser Level: Investing in a laser level will be the best thing you ever did. They have many different functions and not all lasers do the same thing, so do some research to find the right one for you and your intended application.
- Clamps: Buy a set of quick action clamps. Clamps are especially useful when you are working by yourself. Quick action clamps allow the user to operate the clamp one handed.
- Vacuum: A clean and tidy work site makes everything easier and efficient. An industrial vacuum can also be used in conjunction with many power tools to capture the dust or sawdust created. A very worthwhile investment.
- Nail Gun: A nail gun will pay for itself in the time it saves you hammering in all your nails by hand.
- Caulk Gun: You will need a caulk gun if you plan to use any silicone, no more gaps or glue products. It is a great applicator of all of these products!
- Lump Hammer: When your regular hammer just won’t cut it, a lump hammer will make short work of heavy work.
- Comfortable Steel Cap footwear: Don’t go onto a building site without a good set of steel cap shoes or boots. Renovating will have you working on your feet all day every day, so good footwear is a must!
- Nail Puller: Not even the very best professional gets it right every time, and when your best wasn’t good enough, a nail puller will be there to help!
That’s our pick 20 tools we deem essential to any home renovation project on the Northern Beaches of Sydney. Are there any you’d like to add?? Be sure to let us know! And we’d love to hear from you if you need any help with your next project!