Home restoration can be a cruel little demon, so I’ve taken the time to list the tools you need if you’re doing a house renovation, to make things that little bit easier.
Whether it’s a big project, or a smaller, easier project such as putting up some shelves and re-painting, these tools will really come in handy!
Voltage detector pen
These tools are very simple but very effective. I can’t even count the number of times me and Jay nearly touched a live wire that was hanging out the ceiling. When you put the end of the pen against the end of a wire, it flashes red to say that the wire is live, and you need to turn the electrics off. Saved us probably about 3/4 electric shocks. Well worth the money!
We used a drill for all sorts: building a stud wall, attaching the skirting, creating a shelf at the top end of the bath, bring floorboards up, fixing floorboards back down.
Another simple tool that has LOADS of uses. Not only was it good for stripping wallpaper, but also for smoothing caulk into crevices, for mixing cement/paint in buckets. Even for removing ridges in the windowsills before painting them.
This is a bit of a weird one, and not something that most people would have just sitting in their garage, but this tool was invaluable to us. We used it to cut down our wooden flooring and our skirting boards. It cuts things with absolute precision and doesn’t splinter the wood too much.
This isn’t a standard tool that you’d find around any house, but it can be really handy for certain aspects of renovations. You could make all sorts of home accessories, including door handles, wooden bowls, or rolling pins.
Jay’s wanted a lathe for SO long but I think he would just mess about with it rather than making anything particularly beautiful.
You should have experience before using one as they’re tricky pieces of machinery, and dangerous without the right know how. Jay’s a mechanical engineer and has been trained correctly in how to use one. In using a lathe safely, you can create excellent pieces of art and items for your home.
In some cases, these tools could help you avoid house renovation disasters. They might even save your life one day and so are well worth the investment, especially if you’re doing the work yourself rather than hiring tradesmen. Those are my top tools you need if you’re doing a house renovation.
What would you say are the tools you need if you’re doing a house renovation? Are there any you think I should add to the list? Let me know in the comments!