Four Basic Tools That Every DIYer Needs

Unless you have laser vision and incredible fist strength, you’re going to need the right tools to get the job done. If you’re after real home improvements and not just making photo frames, then you might want to consider making a worthy investment that any certified DIYer has. Let’s take a look at some tool essentials that you simply cannot pass over.


  1. A pair of safety glasses—or two


Safety first before anything else. One of the most neglected yet at risk parts of our body is your eyes. If you don’t intend on getting dust or chips in them, then protection is required, and I’m not talking about regular glasses. The ideal ones wrap around on the side and are similar to the ones you use at chemistry lab. One thing you need to keep into consideration is how well these goggles fit. Forget the dollar store, get ones that are of good quality and aren’t too snug nor too loose. If you live somewhere with a particularly hot climate, a pair with anti-fog coating will do the trick.


  1. Another hammer


This is one of the most basic tools that any household should have—DIYer or not. But regardless of the hammer you already have on hand, it’s not enough. Do you have the lightweight or heavy-duty one? If it is either, then you need the other. Substituting their uses could jeopardize your project. If you need to put nails into drywall, then you need the smaller hammer. If you’re nailing into studs, then the bigger one is recommended. If buying a heavy-duty one, opt for fiberglass rather than wood because the former doesn’t give off as intense a vibration as the latter.


  1. A cordless drill


Why cordless? So you need to have electric outlets to work on your project. But let’s talk about the drill. Just because it’s cordless doesn’t mean it’s automatically the one. Just as there are many variations of corded drills, there is an equivalent of cordless ones. While corded types have more power, cordless models have a steadier flow of torque. The next thing to look out for is the number of volts the drill has. The recommended amount is no less than 12 volts. If you go for something less powerful, then even drilling nails into studs will stress the motor out.


  1. A good shop vacuum

Dirt and dust littering around your work area are not only disgusting but potentially dangerous as well. Small particles can get into the air and into your lungs or little chunks of wood could get into your eyes.  If you’re thinking about the vacuum you use at home, don’t do it—no matter how powerful it may be. Vacuums intended for residential use can’t handle carpentry or crafting debris and could lead to clogging your motor. Though you may need a high-powered one, remember that size is important, too. Choose something that is light enough for you to comfortably empty on your own.


All these tools may be basic but they are essential and great investments. If you choose those of good quality, you’ll enjoy using these four for years. It’s a different experience when these items are at the ready because they can help you create a safe, efficient, and clean working environment.

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Three Easy Ways to Make Your Homes More Eco-Friendly

Everyone’s pro-environment whether our actions say so or not. We agree with eco-warriors left and right but somehow we have a problem translating those beliefs into actions. And now that no place on Earth is immune to the fits of nature, we suddenly realize how important it is to do our part in making the world cleaner and greener. The best place to start that is within our own homes. Let’s take a look at these three simple ways in creating an eco-friendly dwelling place.


  1. Plant a tree in your yard

Not every home has a patch of land where we can put our green thumbs through the regular and relaxing art of gardening, but that shouldn’t stop us from placing plants in every available corner. While potted greens offer their own benefits, nothing can quite beat the advantage of having a full grown tree. For one, you get a free air detoxifier and, two, you just might have the opportunity to harvest your personally-grown fruits. Trees are an asset to have in today’s unpredictable climate where hot is hotter and wet is wetter. Just having them there cools your surroundings by at least 30% and prevents unwanted flooding, allowing you to save money and avert disaster at the same time.


  1. Repurpose your used water


We’ve all heard about the decline in the global water supply and, at a certain point, experienced this for ourselves. For those of us who have lived with a ready and abundant supply, we never really thought that it could run out until it finally does. Though we’re capable of enjoying easy access now, we can make a good impact on the environment just by recycling what we’ve already used. Having plants actually makes this task easier because repurposed water can be used to hydrate and fertilize them. You don’t need a complicated system to achieve this but it does take discipline to keep water from flowing down the drain without having been maximized to the fullest extent.


  1. Reduce and recycle your trash


Plastic is one of the biggest hazards and contributors to global warming, and before it pollutes the outside, it usually came from inside someone’s home. Unless we change our spending habits and opt for products that generate less non-biodegradable waste, then we’re leading various calamities into our doorstep. We’ve been taught to segregate trash as early as our childhood years but if we don’t stop taking it for granted, its impact on the planet will backfire on all of us eventually. Going back to basics and actually applying the concepts of reducing and recycling to our day to day will not only lessen our carbon footprint but actually create a better and more conducive environment to live in.


If you haven’t started with three eco-friendly, home improvement techniques yet, then you’re not ready to handle the big guns. These three ways are as simple as they can be yet their value gets overlooked time and time again. If we don’t start taking responsibility for our actions, then no matter how good our houses look on the inside, the environment around us will take a greater turn for the worst. Have questions? Check out my contact form.