Doing projects around the house yourself can help you save quite a bit of money over hiring out a contractor. Of course, to get those jobs done properly and safely, you need to have the correct tools in your possession.
Here are a few of the best tools you should have lying around for your next DIY project. If you don’t own them already, you can get in touch with Ram Rent-All, Inc. to learn more about our tool rentals in Monroe, LA:
- Miter saw: This is one of the most useful power tools you could have. If you can only afford a single power tool (aside from a drill), this one should be your first purchase. Miter saws help you make cuts at a variety of angles quickly and accurately, and play an important role in many DIY projects that involve cutting boards, trim and other pieces. Sliding miter saws allow you to cut even larger items, but if it’s not sliding, you should be good with a 10-inch saw.
- Air compressor and nail gun: While you can certainly install your molding and baseboards with just a hammer, nails and a nail set, an air compressor and nail gun will save you a whole lot of time and effort. You can find combo packages relatively cheaply, and once you have it you’ll find you use it quite regularly if you’re a DIY enthusiast.
- Power sander: There are many different types of power sanders on the market. We strongly recommend rotary sanders (the five-inch variety). Look for variable speed sanders. You can find some for quite cheap, but if you’re willing to pay a bit more for a good-quality sander, there’s definitely a world of difference. There are larger varieties of sanders as well.
- Dremel Multi-Max: This highly versatile and useful tool is not one you’re likely to think of right away when putting together a list of must-have tools for your next project, but once you have it you won’t be able to live without it. This tool usually comes with several different attachments. One is an oscillating saw, in which the blade vibrates back and forth quickly, allowing you to cut items other tools aren’t meant for. There are also sanding attachments, which you can use for smaller, more detailed areas.
- Circular saw: A table saw is the best tool you can use for cutting large panels and plywood, but if you either don’t have the room or the money for a table saw, you can certainly make do with a circular saw. Make sure you also have a long, straight guide (you can use a piece of wood with a factory-cut edge) and clamps to hold that fence in place while you’re cutting your wood.
- Jigsaw: A jigsaw isn’t quite as necessary as some of the other tools on this list, but it definitely plays an important role in some projects that require cutting shapes you just can’t get with a circular saw or miter saw.
For more info about the most important DIY tools to add to your collection, contact Ram Rent-All, Inc. about tool rentals in Monroe, LA.