Essential Tools for any DIY Project and Homeowner

Looking for a quick weekend craft? Want to find a way to make those do-it-yourself projects even easier? Then you should take a few minutes to locate and reassemble all of your crafting tools. That way, you have an idea about what tools you already have and what tools you might want to get.

Check to make sure that all of your tools are in good working order. Make sure that there are no items that need replaced, updated or if you are missing any of the pieces. Here is a list of our favourite craft, covering basic and essentials tools that every DIYer should have on hand.

Power Tools

Hammer Drill: This tool is vital if you are going to hang art or anchor furniture. It is priced from $70 and up.

Cordless Drill: While a screwdriver will work just as well, sometimes you just need the speed that a drill has. It will help cut down on your DIY project time, leaving you more time to enjoy your weekend. We recommend an 18 to 20 Volt drill. These will cost you around $100.

Orbital Sander: This tool is perfect for getting the finish off of those furniture pieces that you want to repurpose. And it does this rather quickly, so you can focus more of your time on other things. Finding a decent sander at $60 is easy.

No Electricity Needed Tools

Level: Investing in several different sizes of levels is always a good idea. Also, make sure that your levels have horizontal and vertical vials.

Measuring Tape: Having both a small and large tape measure in your tool collection will make DIY projects easier to do. The little ones can fit comfortably into your pocket and will make measuring an easy task.

Jigsaw: Adding your personal touch to DIY projects is a key component, so having a jigsaw will allow you to do that just. Avoid low-quality brands, if you plan on using it frequently, check this guide to know the popular jigsaw brands and how to select the best one for your project.

Screwdriver Set: Screwdrivers are better able to fit into small spaces and are quiet so any late night projects will not wake up the whole house. Having a set that comes with interchangeable bits will offer you more flexibility.

Step Ladder: Sturdiness is an important thing to consider. Think about investing in a ladder that can be folded up into a smaller space, so it does not take up a lot of your project area.

X-Acto Knife and Cutting Mat: Not every project will require using a saw to cut things, sometimes you need to have a tool that can cut those corners.

Staple Gun: A staple gun is a secret tool for being able to finish your projects quicker. They also come in handy for those small household temporary fixes

Hammer: Make sure you pick a hammer that can be multifunctional. You are going to want to use it to hang pictures and tear things down.

Conclusion

Having a well-rounded tool selection will make any DIY projects easier and quicker. Do check online often for DIY-crafted idea to improve your home.

About the Author: This is a guest post by Jimmy, from Air Tool Guy. He is a DIY enthusiast, and loves tinkering with home improvement projects in his free time.

Do it Right – Remodeling Your Bathroom – Tub Conversion

If you are ready to give your bathroom a facelift there are many small caveats involved with the process that an experienced contractors know which many homeowners skip if doing on their own. This article is created for the homeowner; SJB Construction Inc. always recommends hiring a professional. In this specific example Steve is going to turn a tub into a shower. Keep in mind not all steps are included as the piece is meant for a more experienced homeowner or to offer “tricks of the trade” that most people would skip.

Step 1 – Preparation for Tub Conversion

Prep the room with masking off. You can use painter’s plastic – Home Depot sells Husky Brand 12×400 ft for about $25. Use 3M blue tape around doors and region to create a barrier that will trap 90% of dusk/debris inside demo area.

Step 2 – Best Demolition for Remodeling

This step is straightforward. Eye protection and dust masks are must. Keep any eye out for being too aggressive with plumb lines as they can be a big headache and costly if broken.

  • Remove Wall (Drywall, Tile, ect.) as complete as possible
  •  Use Jackhammer to make remove concrete for new drain (see )

 

• Typical Dimensions standard tubs are all 60” wide ( 5′ ) they vary slightly in depth, from 30” to typically 32’’; hence the shower will be typical of the existing footprint of the existing tub. Of course this can be modified if space is available

Step 3 – Extension of Drain – Once concrete is removed

2” Pipe 2” Drain 2” P-Trap – The new 2” drain pipe needs to have 1/4” per foot fall (from the center drain to the newly located santee fitting).

  • Santee aimed at drain – Center Drain to Center New Shower Value – More custom and aesthetic
  • Foam around ABS pipe in concrete prior to backfilling
  • Backfill with 3” of sand then 3” of concrete

Backing Needed – 2x12s “vertical” around perimeter – Roll up the wall to seal bottom of the shower pan. Now you are ready to create Dam for leading edge of the shower.

Drainage and all Plumbing for Shower should be installed and tested prior to moving on.

Step 4 – Create Dam to contain water flow

Backing Needed – 2x12s “vertical” around perimeter – Roll up the wall to seal bottom of the shower pan.
Now you are ready to create Dam for leading edge of the shower

  • 3 – 2x4s Douglas fir – 6” inches from edge to fasten. These will serve as the dam.

Step 5 – Hot mop for weather protection

  • Should have about 10″ Buildup around the edge.
  • Drywall will overlap 3/4″ the new hot mop this serves as weatherproofing.
  • After Hot mop is completed Plastic Cement will be floated on top.

Step 6 – Tile and Completion

Denshield is a tile backer

  • Do not use standard drywall as bathroom has high volume of moisture and you will not get this remodel passed through inspection.

What if I do not have a Level Surface?

  • Use plastic cement, typically sold in premixed bags at most of the tile supply centers. This will help float tile aesthetically. Set this and let dry 24 hours to start for best foundation.

Finally, Set the Tile and Grout!

Overall, make this a fun project and do not be afraid to hire an experienced general contractor. Such phases as the demolition, plumbing, hot mop ectera should definitely be contracted out if not comfortable. Keep in mind many steps of the process were neglected due to magnitude of project but this is just to give some secrets how to start or what to think about