Are you remodeling your home? It’s an exciting project to be working on, but it can be a daunting task. Remodeling isn’t just carpentry. It involves a whole host of jobs including demolition, drywall and plasterwork, electrical work, tiling, roofing, and plumbing. Before starting on any remodeling job, it’s important to ensure you have all the tools, supplies and equipment that you need to get started.
Are you ready for some expert advice? Here’s our top checklist.
Any remodeling project is going to require some demolition to take place, and you’re going to need the right tools to do the job properly. A framing hammer made from solid steel featuring a ripping claw is an indestructible tool which is ideal for any kind of demolition task. You’ll also need some demolition bars. They come in many sizes from 7” up to 5’ in length. The Estwing I beam bar is a professional choice.back to menu ↑
While tools are an important part of your home remodel project, don’t forget that there’s a host of accessories which you’re also going to need if you’re going to get the job done properly. Although it might sound trivial, having a tool pouch can make a big difference to your productivity – having a handy place to store your fasteners and tools while you work will save your time and effort, and having a work belt with a hammer loop will ensure your hammer stays close at hand during your demolition process. You’ll probably also require some extension cords to power your tools where you need them most as well as some tapes for binding cables.
Never stand on a bucket or a box when working on higher projects. Also ways a safe step ladder or extension ladder for your own safety. Also, make sure you have free-standing and hanging lighting as well as a flashlight so you can work safely in dark spaces.back to menu ↑
You need to stay safe while you work, so safety goggles or glasses are imperative. Buy several pairs just in case you accidentally lose or break a pair. You should also get a pair of good quality earmuffs as they will protect your hearing when you’re working with loud equipment like drills and shop vacs. When you’re demolishing or sawing, lung protection is important so make sure to have some dust masks to hand.back to menu ↑
Once you’ve finished work, you’ll need to clean up the dust and debris that you’ve accumulated. You’ll certainly need a push broom, hand broom, and dustpan to make sure your job site is clean and safe. A shop vac is also a useful addition to your workshop. Not only will it be invaluable for cleaning sawdust and other debris up after work, but it’ll also be useful for sucking debris out of electrical boxes and wall cavities since not all surfaces are able to be swept. If you have some canvas drop cloths and plastic tarps to hand, this will minimize the amount of cleaning you’ll need to do afterward since your surfaces will be well protected.back to menu ↑
Saws are a vital component of any remodeling project. You’ll probably need both manual and power saws. A circular saw will be vital for cutting lumber, but you may also need a reciprocating saw, a jigsaw, and even a table saw depending on the remodeling project that you’re tackling. You’re also going to need to have a range of saw blades for each saw that you own so that you have the flexibility you need to cut through lumber, plastic, plywood, sheet metal, steel, and PVC. Don’t forget the saw horses either. You’ll need a minimum of two to support plywood and lumber safely while you’re cutting. If you can stretch to 4 or 6, this would be best to keep your tools and equipment off the floor. And the gas pole saw is a good tool too.back to menu ↑
Drills are a vital addition to your workshop when embarking on any kind of renovation or remodeling project. You’ll also need a range of drill bits to accompany it. Spade bits are a good choice for boring holes for cable or pipes, however, if you’re making multiple holes a ship auger is ideal for pulling itself through lumber. A twist drill is also a good choice for making pilot holes to place larger screws as well as step drills to make holes in thin steel and sheet metal. You can get more details here about how to choose the right drills for your project.back to menu ↑
You’ll need ironworker’s pliers and side-cutting electrician’s pliers for most remodeling tasks that involve crosscutting electrical cables and cutting rusty old screws, clips, staples, and nails. You’ll also need some bolt-cutting pliers to cut through thick and tough materials and some diagonal pliers which can be used for trimming away cable paper and sheath from inside electrical boxes.
With all of these tools and pieces of equipment at your disposal, your remodeling project should go smoothly!
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