Whether you’ve been into for DIY for years or you are only just starting out, there’s nothing better than finding a solution that cuts down the time, energy, or expertise needed to pull off a job. There are hundreds of different tools out there most of which you probably haven’t even heard of let alone know what to do with. If you are about to do a big DIY job it is worth doing a bit of research to see if there are any specific tools for the job. In some circumstances they can drastically increase the speed of the job, they can greatly reduce the effort you need to put in too. Finally, some tools will deliver a quality of finish that simply isn’t possible without them.
There are lots of cheap hand tools but you can find they don’t always give the best results. Don’t forget that tool rental provides you with the opportunity to rent well maintained and professional quality tools for the same or less than the price of a brand new cheap hand tool. So if you are doing a one-off job find your local tool rental depot rather than buy.
In this post, we’re introducing you to 4 handy tools that’ll transform your DIY experiences by making things a heck of a lot easier. Have a run through this list to see if you’re missing out!
A compact sprayer
Painting is often one of the most impactful yet time-consuming stages of any DIY project. Still think a good roller is the best way to cover large areas? Not anymore it isn’t. With a compact sprayer, you can make light work of painting huge areas with maximum control and minimum levels of spillage. They’re expensive pieces of kit so it’s probably best to hire one if you’re working on a one-off project.
Compact sprayers will work with most water or solvent based paints, they allow you to stay relaxed and demand far less physical work than having to throw around a paintbrush. The condensed air ensures the spray is applied as neatly as possible, without the risk of splash back or any nasty accidents. A must for anyone that loves a fresh coat of paint but hates the horror of stone-age painting tools.
You will need to buy some plastic decorating sheets ing and decorators tape to protect floors and adjacent walls or ceilings however these materials are cheap and easy to fix in place. You should also buy a decent quality face mask to prevent you from inhaling any of the paint vapour.
Dot & Line Lasers
Gone are the days of drawing marks on the walls to ensure you’re lining up that elaborate set of special shelves without error. Now technology comes to the rescue in the form of dot & line lasers! These bad boys will save you hours of torture whenever you need to measure, check alignment, and ensure every aspect of your project is positioned exactly where it needs to be.
The device is compact enough to sit wherever you need it. It then projects a laser dot on an adjacent object or casts a line across a surface to give you the bearings you need to achieve absolute precision. You’ll be amazed how quickly you’ll be able to line up edges, work out angles, and measure distances with a dot laser at your side.
There is literally no DIY you can do that this tool won’t make faster or give you a better finish – from measuring up for a kitchen, curtains, tiles to getting a good level for pictures, mirrors and wall hangings. In many cases it is really hard to measure accurately or get a level without a second person so if you are completing a project alone one of these tools will be a lifesaver. As a result, it is probably a good idea to invest in one of these and buy rather than rent.
A roof crawler
Need to fix a couple of roof tiles or installing a new satellite dish? No doubt the biggest fear you have is traversing those pesky slopes to reach wherever you need to be. Most people think it’s just a case of getting up there and being as careful as you can to avoid a nasty slip. The thing is, it only takes one uncontrollable moment for the very worst to happen.
Don’t fancy taking the risk? We don’t blame you! A roof crawler has a structure similar to a typical straight ladder but has an extension at the top end that bends to rest along the surface of the roof. What you get is a stretch of the ladder that lets you travel across your roof far more securely. With one of these in your inventory, you’ll have far less reason to ever fear working on the roof again. Cheaper models are affordable to buy but more pricey models are bound to offer a more secure design. If you have a lot to do up there, it might be worth renting a premium roof crawler for however long you think the job will take you.
A Hand-held Sander
This is a tool that’s definitely worth having around if you find yourself working with a lot of wood. Without a sander you’ll be doing things the old fashioned way, taking a sheet of sandpaper in your palm and rubbing down for hours on end Cinderella-style. Nobody likes manual sanding, especially if you have a good volume of surface space to get through. If you are filling holes or cracks in plastered walls than? A hand-held sander will give you a much neater finish than manual sanding.
Dodge all that unnecessary grafting by getting yourself a reliable machine sander. The best models are light enough to hold in one hand, give you much greater ability to sand hard to reach areas like ceilings, and many come with features to help vacuum up dust. Hate the fact that walls, furniture, and wooden work surfaces take days to smooth out? You can put those days behind you once you’ve invested in a good sander.
There you have it! These are 4 modern DIY tools that are sure to have a beneficial impact on your DIY projects. Some other tools that are worth looking up are torque wrenches, stud detectors, routers, oscillating multi-tools, soldering irons, reciprocating saws, non-contact voltage testers, contour gauges, right angle drill attachments and workbenches.
Don’t get involved in DIY that often? Look to rent premium models for odd jobs to gain from maximum performance. Consider yourself a DIY fiend? Then all of these tools are well worth the investment and promise to save you immeasurable amounts of time and energy over the years.