While many folks own a basic tool kit, which often includes a hammer, screwdriver set and utility knife, people who like to tackle home improvement projects on their own need a more specialized set of tools. This list of five versatile tools will help the do-it-yourselfer get those projects done right.
— Chris Brogan (@chrisbrogan) December 10, 2013
Dremel Rotary Tools as a Gift for DIY Enthusiasts
Dremel rotary tools are available in both a corded and a cordless version, and is one of the most versatile power tools on the market today. It can cut through pipes for a plumbing project, polish silver in the dining room or drill a small hole in a ceramic tile.
Many different polishing pads, sanding disks, cutting bits and drilling bits are available to offer an amazing amount of versatility in a small tool. It is easy to handle, and accommodates folks with small hands, making it an ideal tool for women to use.
Gift Idea: A Really Good Cordless Drill
A cordless drill is an essential tool in any home. From hanging paintings to repairing a deck railing, a good drill cannot be beat for versatility. While many brands will do the job, an 18-volt version tends to have the most power and the longest battery life. Having a second battery pack on hand will ensure that the homeowner will always have a battery charged up and ready to go.
Black & Decker Mouse Sanding Tool as a Gift for DIYers
This small electric sander works wonders on any home improvement project, from refinishing furniture to building a picture frame. The sandpaper is held onto the tool with a hook-and-loop fastener system, making it easy to change. Polishing paper and heavy grinding paper is also available; with so many options, this tool can offer delicate buffing or heavy sanding of any surface.
DIY Gift Ideas: A Multi-Position Ladder
This type of ladder can be configured in several ways. It can be used as a standard step ladder, changed to a taller straight ladder or reconfigured to accommodate stairs to allow access to those hard-to-reach areas in any home. For anyone who plans to remove wallpaper, paint the interior or exterior of their home, wash their windows or plans to install crown molding, this gift is an ideal choice.
DIYer Gift Ideas: Good-quality Painting Tools
Anyone involved in home improvement projects finds themselves painting something during the process. Whether they need to repair a wall after adding a new light switch, want to change the look of the room by painting the walls a new color, or wish to update an old piece of furniture with a coat of paint, DIYers often need paint to finish the job.
A set of good painting tools will make any painting project easier. At a minimum, every do-it-yourselfer should have a 2″ angled brush, a 4″ flat brush, a paint pan, a roller and roller covers, a tarp and painters tape. Brushes of better quality will lose fewer hairs and allow the user to apply the paint cleanly near the edges of wood trim or the ceiling.
Home improvement enthusiasts need many tools to get their projects done right. However, just a few versatile tools will give them what they need without taking a lot of storage space in the process. Giving them good-quality tools also means lower replacement costs over the long-term; these 5 gift ideas will be used time and again on many home improvement projects.
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