AKA My Mother’s Day wish list. My hubby gave me Mothers’ Day presents even before I was a mother and I confess, my husband gives spectacular presents. Some of my favorites are: a pink adult-sized razor scooter so I could ride with my boys, detailing my van (worth every penny), and last year an awesome pink tool belt. Perhaps this year you could request something different than flowers. In honor of the day I made a list of tools no beginning DIYer can live without. Let’s be honest, I borrow or use a lot of other people’s equipment. Tools are expensive and it seems that I often think I will only use them once. I have a personal rule, I will only borrow something twice (even if it’s months or a year apart) then I feel bad for asking and buy the darn thing on the third go around. Except my dad’s truck. I borrow that baby all the time. All favors aside, here are some tools I could not create without. And hey, a lot of these come in pink now, so hand this list to your hubby and tell him x-na on the flowers, this year you want tools!
- Drill. I just love the sound of a charged up drill. You can not get very far without one! I bought a inexpensive Ryobi version and years later I still love it.
- Level. You might think something is level and then you use the actual tool and think “seriously?… okay…”. Must have.
- Tool Box. Even an old shoe box to keep your tools in. The only thing worse than not having a tool for a project is having the tool and not being able to find it! I finally bought myself a nice tool box Christmas 2011 and I’ve never looked back.
- Hammer, Screwdriver, Pliers, Allen Keys. Basic tool kit you can buy at hardware stores for $10 and up.
- Work gloves. I loooooooooove my work gloves. I’ve had them for years and if those babies could talk I would totally read their blog.
- Measuring Tape. A good one.
- Electric Sander. Save your hands, these are not very expensive and even the simplest cheapest ones you will be kissing by project’s end.
- Saw. This post is dedicated to my new mitre saw I finally bought. If you are afraid of power tools (trust me, you’ll get over it) start with a small hand saw. I have gotten by with various hand saws for years but for really precise cutting, angles, etc. go for the gold, get a power saw. I was so excited when mine was delivered I took a pic for all to share (above).
Happy Mother’s Day! Tomorrow’s Post is dedicated to Mothers everywhere, and it’s going to be rad.