Have you ever been halfway up a tall aluminum ladder, only to realize you’ve forgotten an essential tool?
Annoying, isn’t it?
Not nearly as much as searching your tool box and realizing you don’t actually have what you need to get the job done.
These inefficiencies could have been avoided if you had taken the time to think about the tools that would have been handy to have around the house.
In this post, we’ll talk about tools that will make routine home repairs and maintenance a breeze.
1) Lithium ion drills
There is nothing more irritating than reaching for your battery powered drill, only to find that it is stone dead. What’s more, it won’t be fully charged for hours, effectively wasting an entire afternoon.
If your current drill uses a nickel cadmium pack, you need to trade it for one that makes use of a lithium-ion battery.
Yes, it is more expensive than what you paid for your current tool, but the added cost is worth it once you consider that it lasts much longer than other battery drills, and it can sit dormant for up to 18 months without losing its charge.
If you are a hobbyist that goes long periods between using tools, you can plug in your depleted li-ion drill and it will be fully charged within a half hour. Incredible.
2) Air powered nail gun
Like hammering nails, but hate bending them and hurting your thumb when you miss? An air-powered nail gun can help solve these issues and greatly improve your efficiency – all in one fell swoop.
It is a handy tool to have if you regularly engage in woodworking projects, and if you do your own furniture repairs, it will allow you to get the job done with frightening speed.
It is a great investment to make, so long as you have an air compressor on hand, as this type of pump provides this tool with the power it needs.
3) Reciprocating saw
If you are still cutting things with a hand saw, you need to get out of the dark ages. A reciprocating saw is much more efficient and accurate than its human powered predecessors, as its uses electric power to produce an extremely rapid undulating movement to slice through wood, plaster, gyprock, and even metal.
The blades you buy for your saw, and the quality of the saw itself are important when purchasing this tool. The wrong blades will be ineffective or will break if you try to cut material they can’t handle, while cheaply made recip saws will vibrate tremendously, which can hurt your forearms with chronic exposure.
Do your research and pay for quality, and you’ll have a tool that will get plenty of use in the years ahead.