Using Hand And Power Tools - Saves Money And Time
We can use tools – hand and power tools – to not only save money, but to trace our development from early, primitive civilizations to the contemporary lifestyles of today. We’ve come a long way already, and who knows how much more complex our homes will become and how much more complex the tools will have to be to keep everything running smoothly. At this stage, a variety of hand and power tools and instruction manuals – or demonstrations – is all that’s needed to help almost anyone to safely, conveniently, and economically deal with basic repairs and simple home improvements.
What Is Required To Keep Your Home Running Smoothly?
Make sure you know how to take care of emergency situations:
- Learn where the water intake valve is and how to turn it off when water starts pouring out somewhere, and before repairing a tap.
- Learn how to shut off all the electricity to the house and how to shut off various sections in case smoke starts billowing up from something, or you need to repair an electrical component.
- Learn how things work by reading instruction manuals and by learning how simple systems work – how a faucet works; how a light switch works.
- Calmly and systematically check the trouble-shooting list in the manual when an appliance stops functioning, and follow the instructions.
- When you take a mechanism apart, lay everything out in sequence so that you will be able to replace the parts in reverse order.
- Don’t try to repair anything that’s still under warranty – call the company.
- Know your limitations and don’t tackle a job like fixing the TV that requires expensive testing equipment and a specialized repair person.
Buy Quality Power and Hang Tools
- 1Equip yourself with a tool box, hand tools, and materials for measuring, sawing, sanding, cutting, cleaning, oiling, and taking things apart; and for hammering, screwing, gluing, attaching, hanging, painting, and putting things back together. Stock up on a variety of screws, nails, anchors, tapes, and fuses, and keep your tools stored safely where you can put your hands on them when the lights go out, the water rises, and the sirens start blaring.
- After you become comfortable with basic repair and maintenance work, and successfully complete a few home improvements, you will want to buy increasingly more and better tools – especially power tools like Makita cordless drills are very popular – to make your work easier and faster. There are power tools (many with cordless versions) for almost every home repair and improvement project, indoors and out, including electrical, mechanical, plumbing, and construction jobs.
- You can choose good hand and power tools, and materials at various prices, usually described as low, medium, and high-end, and higher prices generally reflect more and better features and improved quality. Don’t forget to search for sale, wholesale, and discount prices and read consumer reports before making your final selections. For example, if you are going to buy a compound miter saw, check out compound miter saws reviews first.
- Do your comparison shopping online by "googling" popular manufacturers' sites:
- Black and Decker, Bosch, Craftsman, Delta, DeWalt, Hitachi, Makita, Ridgid, Ryobi, and Stanley make reliable hand and power tools. Craftsman is a Sears’ brand; Ridgid and Ryobi are stocked by Home Depot; Skil is manufactured by Bosch.
- Heavy-duty tools are great for outdoor equipment as well as power tools for serious project work, like building your own house.
- Fine carpentry tools are available for woodworkers and scaled-down versions of almost every tool exist for hobbyists.
Equip yourself with a variety of power and hand tools, and information on how things work in the home, and learn how to deal with simple repairs and improvements. You may discover a hidden talent for making furniture or building models or even develop a new hobby, like collecting antique tools. Even if you never progress beyond such jobs as painting the bedroom, hanging a towel rack, and repairing a dripping tap, you will have earned the right to be proud of yourself. A little effort can save a lot of money.
About the Author:
Scott Gray is currently a home improvement, handyman enthusiast and freelance writer who enjoys providing tips to consumers who are in the market for hand and power tools like Dewalt table saws.