6 Tools to Step up Your DIY Game 6 Tools to Step up Your DIY Game

DIYing can quickly add up when you need to continually buy different tools and equipment. This is one of the common drawbacks causing some to pay a third party to do the project. But there are some tools that will be worth purchasing in the end. In fact, they'll help you move from a rookie DIYer to a more advanced level.

1. Electric Paint Sprayer

In order to effectively paint even coats, you may want to invest in an electric paint sprayer. The sprayer mists paint onto your desired project and minimizes paint runs and uneven coats. It also cuts down on the time it would take to paint with other methods like a brush or roller. While using an electric paint sprayer may take a little time to master, it will make your paint job a whole lot easier.

2. Miter Saw

A miter saw cutting a piece of wood on an angle.

A miter saw can make accurate cuts on a variety of materials, with a blade that can be changed out for different materials like aluminum or steel. This common tool is also a more expensive one, but well worth the cost. Miter saws can easily be adjusted to any angle and rotate at high speeds. Some miter saws come with a laser guide to make your cuts even more precise.

3. Sandpaper

This underrated rough little sheet can do almost anything. Most people know sandpaper can be used to prepare wood for painting and to smooth out paint runs. What many don't realize is that sandpaper can also sharpen scissors or remove rust from metal or pills from fabric. If you want to take the sandpaper a step further, you can purchase an orbital sander. Some orbital sanders have pressure sensors so you don't push down too hard and ruin your project.

4. Jigsaw

A handyman using a jigsaw power tool on a piece of wood.

If you've ever seen a piece of curved wood on a decorative item and wondered how someone did that, the answer is probably with a jigsaw. A jigsaw is a power tool that quickly saws back and forth and follows your lead. It can be twisted and turned according to whatever shape you want to make. The blade can be changed out to handle ceramic, tile, or metal, making it perfect for a multitude of projects.

5. Polyurethane Glue

Flexible and durable, polyurethane glue is a good tool to have on hand for your DIY projects. While yellow glue is good to start with, especially for wood projects, polyurethane glue is able to bond nearly anything including glass, plastic, wood, or ceramics. It's ideal for projects where you're trying to combine two dissimilar materials. The glue is made so that it won't expand or dissolve in water and can also withstand high temperatures. You can mend shoes that have separated from their sole, a coffee mug that has a broken handle, or a chair leg that has broken off.

6. Utility Knife

A used utility knife against a wood background.

With a retractable utility knife, there are an endless amount of uses. A utility knife is ideal for thicker materials. It can cut drywall, vinyl flooring, cable casing, fabric, aluminum, and even sod. The razor-sharp blade is a little different than a knife because the handle gives you more control over the cut. Grip the utility knife with a full fist so that you can put more power behind the tool than you would with another knife or scissors.

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