Power And Hand Tools Needed By The DIY-er
For plumbing, you also need:
Washers and o-rings, and, in time, an assortment of wrenches
For electrical work, add:
Don’t buy everything at once but start with few important items: a standard hammer, four or five screwdrivers, a pair of pliers, an adjustable wrench, a crosscut saw, a staple gun, and a measuring tape; and some basic materials like glue; duct, masking, and electrical tape; penetrating oil; and assorted nails, screws, and anchors. Add other items as they are required.
As you tackle increasingly difficult jobs, you will want to buy more power tools, but don’t throw the hand tools out. When you want to tighten one loose screw, you’re going to reach into your tool box for that handy screwdriver.
That being said, the power tool most loved by DIY homeowners is the cordless power drill, or drill/driver (combination drill and screwdriver), and the plug-in versions. Dewalt cordless drills are a great make and are available in most retail and online merchants.
Cordless impact drill/drivers are more expensive, good for driving long screws and bolts, strong enough to handle car-wheel nuts, and noisy enough to require ear plugs use.
Comparison shop and check out cord and cordless models with various features and prices offered by reliable manufacturers such as Hitachi, Bosch, Makita, Ridgid, Bosch, Ryobi, Delta, and Craftsman.
For sawing, you need various hand and power tools. The choices will be dictated by the particular jobs you are doing. You can manage most DIY projects with a combination of crosscut, hacksaw, and keyhole saws, but you will soon become impatient with the slowness of these hand saws. When choosing power saws, compare the models sold by the manufacturers mentioned above.
Comparison shop and read consumer reviews to make sure you are purchasing the hand and power tools that are right for you and right for the jobs for which you are planning to use them.
About the Author: Scott Gray is currently a home improvement handyman enthusiast and freelance writer who enjoys providing tips to consumers who are in the market for hand and power tools like Dewalt table saws. (www.everydayhandyman.com )