5 Uses For Tools
As an amateur trying to keep your house together on your own, you’ve likely heard about power tools and their importance, and how to shop for the right ones. Tips like buy tools that use the same battery, buy refurbished, wait out for the best prices, shop during the holidays and so on and so forth, are all over the Internet.
One question that isn’t taken up as frequently however is, which power tools are good to begin with for a rookie DIY’er? Here are five worth considering:
If you’re a traditionalist, you’ll get a drill/driver before anything else. Which is absolutely reasonable since you’ll be using it for the most common of tasks around the house, like hanging pictures on the wall. Begin with something that works on some kind of instinctive technology that automatically determines when a screw is flush with wood. It usually comes with no physical clutch to adjust since this is done by the tool itself.
Random Orbital Sander
Love woodworking? One power tool you shouldn’t be left without is a power sander. You can do with sandpaper and a sanding block for fine sanding or to work on small areas, but for flat and larger areas like table tops, a power sander is worth the investment. Go for one with adjustable speed and a dust bag for controlling the mess.
A jigsaw is perfect for cuttings different shapes, but with a guide, it can also work well for making straight cuts. It may be useless for ripping long sheets of plywood, but it’s still more preferable over a circular saw in general. Buy a jigsaw with multiple orbital settings for maximum speed and accuracy control.
You can do many things with a rotary tool: sanding, grinding, cutting, polishing, and mostly all kinds of small repairs around the house. The trick is to have several accessories and attachments. Many top quality brands sell kids where you can get everything you need as a newbie.
Yes, you can use a cordless drill/driver to drive screws if you have the right bit on it, and it’s also the perfect tool for tougher tasks, like driving a screw into a stud. But you can store a cordless screwdriver in a kitchen drawer so that it’s easier to find when anyone in the family needs it. To put it simply, this tool can save you the energy and frustration that usually come with using an old, outdated screwdriver. Get a cordless screwdriver with an adjustable handle as it will be more useful.
As you know, there are more power tools out there that you can explore. But for beginners, the above will be more than enough to help you establish your rhythm.