Owning your own house obviously carries countless benefits; it adds security to your living situation, you have total control over your decor, and a mortgage will ultimately be more cost-effective than rent payments in the long run. However, one of the small drawbacks to becoming a homeowner is that you can no longer rely on a landlord if you encounter a problem in your home. If you plan on buying or have just recently purchased a property, it’s essential that you brush up on your DIY skills so that you don’t have to spend a fortune on professional intervention.
Thankfully, there are plenty of tools and accessories that can make home repairs a lot easier. This article will assume you already have the basic power tools, so we’ll be focussing on DIY accessories that you may not have handy just yet, but ought to invest in, as they can make a massive difference.
There should be a spirit level in every homeowner’s toolbox; whether you’re hanging pictures, putting up a shelf, or something a little more complicated, the spirit level helps you to ensure that a surface (whether vertical or horizontal) is aligned perfectly.
If you’re more skilled and you want to up your DIY game, consider investing in a laser level. This has the same function, but it’s more accurate because it projects a laser beam onto the surface you’re working on. Additionally, setting it up on a tripod will keep your hands free while working.
If something breaks or you find that you’re missing some screws from your latest project, you’ll wish you had quick access to super glue or another strong adhesive; therefore, it’s a good idea to add it to your toolbox now. Super glue is pretty self-explanatory, but there are some unusual uses that you might not think of at first, including:
- Fixing cracked or broken glass
- Stop fraying ropes (e.g. on a washing line)
- Smoothing out wallpaper bubbles
Homeowners who are particularly passionate about DIY might opt for a construction-grade adhesive. These are heavy-duty and used by carpenters and other manual workers. There are a number of different kinds of construction glue, so it’s important to do some research to know which is most suitable for you.
This one is pretty obvious. A flashlight is a lifesaving tool when the power goes out, but it also comes in handy if you’re working in a dark, cramped space like a small closet. Any handheld flashlight will do the job, but a headlamp might make your job a little easier since it will keep your hands free while constantly providing light to your line of vision.
Most people wouldn’t think of adding some hand moisturizer to their DIY kit, but you’ll thank us later for this suggestion. If you’re passionate about DIY and you’re always taking on new projects, you’ve probably noticed your hands getting rough, dry, and calloused. Over time, this will only get worse. There are hand creams designed specifically for working hands; they’re affordable, and a little goes a long way.
Overall, even if you’re a total newbie to the world of DIY, these handy extras are an absolute must for your toolbox. With our help, you can make repairs around the house and start new projects with ease.