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DIY Projects - Tools needed to get the job done

Do It Yourself (DIY) projects are exciting opportunities for home owners. You get to save money while adding value to your home through a variety of different projects. To successfully complete your DIY projects, you need to outfit yourself with the right tools, which will help you to get the job done. Here is a list of the essentials for your tool box:

Mitre Saw: This power tool is used for making crosscuts, which is useful for smaller DIY projects, such as making picture frames, as well as for larger ones, like cutting moulding. More advanced models can even be used for fancier moulding, including scrollwork.

Cordless Drill: There are several different cordless drills available for purchase, so be sure to look for one that has an extensive drill bit collection included or available for purchase separately, and a long battery life. If possible, purchase a second battery and charger, so that you can continue to work on your project as long as necessary.

Wrench: Make sure you purchase one that is adjustable, with the largest size being sufficient for any bolts that you will be working with on your DIY project. Wrenches are especially useful when you are working on a DIY project that involves plumbing.

Screw Drivers: Make sure that in addition to your cordless drill, which may have a screw attachment, you also have both Phillips head and flat head screw drivers for the times when a large cordless drill may not fit, or be long enough to reach, the screw that needs to be fastened.

Tape Measure: You can go low tech with a standard 20 foot metal measuring tape, or high tech with one that uses a laser beam to measure distances up to 100 feet. One advantage of the laser measuring tape is that it will tell you if it is even, and you do not need anyone else to hold down the other end while you measure.

Block Plane: This is a carpenter's tool that is indispensable when it comes to evening out the door that sticks, instead of closing, or shaving down the edge of a drawer that you have trouble closing.

Safety Gear: It's not as exciting as buying that new jigsaw, but the right safety equipment is what makes your DIY project a success, instead of an Emergency Room visit waiting to happen. Before beginning your DIY project, pick up shatterproof goggles, protective gloves, and a dust mask.

Other Power Tools: Depending on your DIY project, consider purchasing additional power tools, such as a nail gun (much faster than using a hammer!), or a circular saw, which you can use to quickly and evenly cut wood boards to the appropriate size.

The Little Stuff: Don't forget to stock up on a variety of screws and nails for your DIY project. Depending on the project, you may need larger or smaller sizes, or even specialty items, such as drywall screws, wall anchors, or extra long nails.

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