From Dean Dowd on November 24, 2008 in General Remodel
Homeownership always entails some form of maintenance, not to mention occasional remodeling projects. There are a few tools that come in handy and it helps if they’re easily accessible. Tools can include more than just your hammer and saw to encompass informational sources, such as a favorite remodeling site or an experienced contractor. Having just remodeled my home, I can think of a few such remodeling tools.
- A good how-to book or website. The Internet is a great resource, with many sites such as CalFinder offering a wealth of information for home improvement projects. You can also research ideas, styles, and materials. Price shopping is convenient on the Internet, although it is not always completely accurate.
- A few all-around tools. These tools are some that you will use the most often: an electric or battery powered drill, a hammer, a stable ladder, a sledge hammer (for demolition), an electric skill saw, a level, and a measuring tape. These tools come in handy for many tasks, even the small ones such as hanging shelves or pictures.
- Paint is one of my favorites. Im not sure if you can legitimately call paint a tool, but it definitely became one of my favorites throughout our renovations. It magically transformed rooms, made old become new, and fixed all of those little oops spots. It helps to have a quick-dry spackle on hand, as well as a few small painting tools.
- A go-to person. For us, this was a very helpful neighbor. Whether it is your contractor, a friend, family member, or neighbor, it can be a lifesaver to have someone you can call for quick answers.
These are just a few of the tools that helped us through our remodeling project. Keeping the project fun and treating ourselves to an occasional evening out or break away helped tremendously as well.