Is this the weekend you finally start one of those side projects around the house? Make sure you have the right tools to do so. Having the five tools below in your handyman arsenal will make tackling any house project a breeze.
1. A Miter Saw
This versatile, easy-to-use power tool makes precise, quick cross-cuts and angle cuts. Cut and install baseboards, frame doorways, trim crown-molding, and more. It’s great for woodworking projects, and you’ll quickly reap the benefits of DIY home projects.
The majority of models include a dual-level and sliding compound, with a chute that evacuates dust out the back. Another great feature: Purchasing one won’t break the bank. Any time you need to shorten a piece of wood, you’ll find yourself reaching for this tool. For neat finish work and a reasonable cost, the miter delivers.
2. An Air Compressor Nail Gun
It’s much easier to shoot nails instead of hammering them in. You’ll find yourself using this tool for practically everything: installing trim, hanging panelling, repairing furniture—the list goes on. The air compressor feature will allow you to get those projects done much faster.
Other options to consider when purchasing a nail gun: the variety of nail sizes it can handle and the inclusion of a staple gun. These extra features are good in a pinch, particularly when you realize the project requires an extra instrument. This reliable tool makes life easier and lets you get the job done in a fraction of the time. Splurge and purchase a reputable brand for a nail gun that lasts.
3. A Cordless Drill
The cordless feature really makes this power tool an essential part of the work bench: It saves time, it’s versatile, and there’s always something it can be used for. Drill holes in wood, masonry, drywall, and more. It’s ability to outfit with so many adapters, such as screwdrivers and hole saws, makes the cordless drill a truly adaptable machine.
Of all power tools to own, this is definitely the one. Invest in a drill that lasts, ensuring the one you purchase has powerful torque, such as a 12-volt platform, is relatively lightweight, has percussion, and has a good battery life. Ease the pain of any drilling task, from small pilot holes to larger ones around electrical wiring, with a cordless drill.
4. An Oscillating Tool
If you don’t think you’ll use this tool, think again. You’d be surprised at how often you end up needing it. It’s commonly used to cut drywall because it provides a clean, smooth cut, but it’s great for any home project. Its long, slender body provides easy movability and its head allows for several different attachments.
An oscillating tool slices through material with grace, moving just enough to ease those small jobs without making too much of a mess. Test different models first to find an oscillating rhythm that won’t be too irritable when in use. Not only is this tool practical, it’s affordable. Once you have one in your home, you’ll find yourself using it more often than not.
5. An Angle Square
Simple is good. Don’t let the lack of power in this tool fool you—an angle square is a staple in the tool belt. All professionals have one. The square is perfect for quick marking, it serves as a guide for cutting with a circular saw, and it’s easy to lay angle on different things, such as rafters or roof pitches.
It’s worth the dime you spend. For durability, opt for a metal square instead of plastic, which often breaks easier. Discover how easy it is to lay out patterns, corners, and edges with the angle square as your guide.
These tools will leave you ready to take on any own project around the house.