November 23, 2018

The DIY Beginners Tool Starter Pack

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Tool Starter Pack

It’s Black Friday! We hope you all had a great Thanksgiving. We were surrounded by friends, delicious food, and each other. It was a great day!

As promised, we’ve compiled a list of tools for the first-time DIYer based on Black Friday sales that are going on. Stephen is really great at doing research on this stuff so I’ll let him takeover from here… 😉

  1. Power Drill / Impact Driver – This is like the essential gift for home project DIYs.  It’s so easy to use and with all the different attachments they make, it really makes these tools so versatile. The best deal is to get one of the cordless power drill / impact driver combo kits.  They usually come with two batteries per kit and a charger so all you need is a multi-piece bit set or other attachments depending on what job you are doing.
    Drill |  Bit Set
  2. Nail gun – We’ve used a nail gun in almost all of our projects. We recommend getting an 18 gauge brad nailer because they are small enough to where you can easily cover up the nail holes but also strong enough to where they can hold up smaller pieces of wood.  We have a pneumatic nail gun that attaches to an air compressor but now they make cordless ones that are battery powered and do just as good of a job. I highly suggest getting this one so you don’t have the deal with the compressor. Hopefully Jordan gets the memo…
    Cordless Nail Gun
  3. Saw – The real debate is which kind of saw is best? Miter saw? Circular saw? or table saw? We’ve really enjoyed using our miter saw for our projects.  It makes cutting things like 2×4’s so easy and you can easily cut angles so they can fit in the corners nicely.  A circular saw is also nice to have because you can cut straight lines in big boards and sheets of wood.  A table saw would be a nice saw to have but it takes up a little more space and if you are just starting DIY projects then you don’t really need one.  We have gotten by so far without one, but one day we will get one and it will help speed up some of our projects.
    Miter Saw | Circular Saw
  4. A few basic hand tools – Hammer, level, tape measure, pliers, and a screwdriver.  The hammer is really a classic and great for putting nails in the wall for hanging pictures and using the other end to pry out nails and rip off wood.  For a level it’s good to have a longer one like 2-3 feet in length and also a shorter torpedo level for checking things in smaller places.  A laser level is really helpful if you have a big wall and want to keep things level over a big surface or hang multiple pictures but they are also more expensive.  The tape measure is pretty self-explanatory, something to measure things with.  For the pliers it would be best to get a few different kinds like needle nose pliers to get into tighter places, and maybe some linesman or slip-joint pliers and some tongue-and-groove pliers.  Lastly, having a handheld screwdriver or a few is always good because sometimes the power drill is just too big and can’t fit in certain places and you need to manually twist the screws in.
    Pliers | Screw Driver | Level Set | Torpedo Level

We hope this helps! Let us know if you have any questions!

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with joy
jordan jean


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