If a property inspection has revealed some parts of you home that need fixing, or you're just looking for a project to increase your home's value, there are now all kinds of free resources with basic home remodeling information. Faced with unlimited possibilities, it's easy to forget that special tools are needed for certain projects. If you're looking to beef up your toolbox, here are some often overlooked accessories that work overtime for your DIY needs.
More commonly known by the brand name Dremel, rotary tools are some of the most versatile implements a DIY craftsman can own. Lifehacker notes that with the use of a huge variety of attachments, rotary tools are essential for grinding and shaping wood, stone, glass and metal. They can be used as a precision drill for engraving work on stone or jewelry. Some rotary tool attachments will even allow it to be used as a fan to remove dust, sharpen blades and saws and cut tile. A rotary tool with a few basic attachments can replace man larger and more expensive tools, making for a cost-effective and useful investment.
Another all-in-one device, a multitool is a great gift idea for someone who seems to be perpetually fixing things. Like a Swiss army knife for repairs, these foldable tools usually include at least eight different implements, and sometimes nearly 20 according to Lifehacker. They fold up for easy storage in a pocket or a kitchen drawer, so you can always keep one handy for quick fixes. Most multitools include a set of pliers, a knife, a screwdriver and a pair of scissors. Many also include a can or bottle opener, wire cutters, even nail clippers. Camping and fishing enthusiasts will also get plenty of use from a multitool if they don't already have one.
If you don't already have one of these, you may find it replacing several other tools you own. Utility knives are perfect for opening boxes and making precise cuts in paper or plastic. As This Old House suggests, they're also great for sharpening pencils or shaving wood. Some models have added bits of utility, including built-in blade storage and a soft rubberized grip. Be sure to replace blades often to maintain a sharp edge.
It's always a good idea to wear clothes that you don't mind getting dirty or torn when working on home improvement projects. As Popular Mechanics notes, some jobs are just too dirty even for your old sweatpants and T-shirts. If you're working in confined spaces doing painting, plumbing or automotive work, you may want to invest in a pair of coveralls. As a jumpsuit that you can quickly slip into and out of, coveralls will certainly keep your clothes safe from dirt and debris, making cleanup that much easier.
It's not just for paper anymore. Staple guns are the heavy-duty version of the typical office stapler, and are some of the most versatile tools you can buy for DIY home projects and crafting. DoItYourself.com lists six of the best uses for this underappreciated tool. Perhaps the most common, attaching upholstery and fabric, is what the staple gun was made for. They also making framing artwork and photos a breeze, which will certainly boost your crafting prowess. Staple guns also work well with thin wood, negating the need for a hammer with small projects like a birdhouse or chicken wire. Just about anything that needs fastening is a job for the staple gun.
Chances are you already own one of these even if the most experience you have with remodeling is hanging some curtains. But drills can be used for many other tasks you may not have considered. DoItYourself.com suggests using your drill as a paint or cement mixer for smaller batches. You can buy a drill attachment that turns it into an angle grinder, making it possible to work with metal and remove rust. Yet another common tool with more than a few unappreciated uses.