power tools every homeowner needs

Power Tools Every Homeowner Needs

As a homeowner and DIY enthusiast, power tools have helped me the most in various DIY projects and house repairs. Not only are you going to save time and energy, but some consider them to be safer than traditional hand tools.

Listed below are 11 essential power tools every homeowner needs to have.

This article will be really helpful to first time home buyers, DIY hobbyists, and anybody interested in home improvement.

Since these power tools are often used for both home and DIY projects, they could give you ideas as gifts for father’s day, wedding gifts, birthdays and more.

Give us your opinion on #11, is it truly a power tool or not? Either way we feel it is a must have, let us know your thoughts!

Cordless Power Drill

If there’s 1 tool that you should have as a homeowner, it’s a power drill. This is perhaps the most useful power tool on this list. I mean just think about it: they are so versatile! Aside from using it to screw, and drill holes, you could also use the power drill in a myriad of ways using attachments, such as a scrubber add-on, a sander, and even a wire brush.

In my opinion, this is the first power tool you should be getting. This is because power drills are part of 99% of home repairs. Want to replace your kitchen’s cupboard? You are going to have to screw and unscrew the hinges. Want to make a wooden table as a DIY project? You are going to have to drill some holes on the lumber. Having a power drill on those situations is going to make your life a lot easier.

Aside from its intrinsic versatility, a power drill should be the first power tool you get because they are so cheap nowadays. You could easily acquire a decent Black & Decker cordless power drill in under 50 bucks, which is very affordable, especially when compared to other “must-have” power tools out there. If you are looking for power tools for woodworking or general home improvement but are on a budget, I would personally just get a power drill with several attachments that can do the job of other bigger tools, which may or may not be possible depending on the project that you are working on. 

When it comes to types of power drills, I would advise that you purchase a cordless, entry-level drill from a well-known brand, like Dewalt or black & decker. These drills will be good enough for 99% of activities out there. If you are thinking of doing more heavyduty work or are looking for more reliable, higher-quality products, then taking a look at Bosch drills might be warranted.

Pressure Washer

Anybody that has owned a property for longer than a few years know how quickly they can become dull and unkempt. And this is usually because of grime, mold and dirt that naturally builds up on the outside walls. And often the only way to clean them is by using a pressure washer, which is pretty much a hose on steroids. They are an essential for anybody that has dirtied up surfaces around their home, especially those caused by fumes or smoke.

I honestly wouldn’t have recommended this just a few years ago because they used to be so expensive, but recently pressure washers have become much more affordable. I personally bought one myself to clean up the back part of my personal residence. Years of exposure to exterior elements had really made it look ugly, and the only way to really remove the imperfections was to use a pressure washer, which I did. I eventually also used the washer in other places that required a high-pressure stream of water.

The pressure washer did a heck of a job cleaning some really hard to remove stains, and that’s why it’s included on the list. If you are somebody who really cares about how clean your house looks, especially from the outside, then this is pretty much a mandatory purchase. 

And as I said above, pressure washers have got much more affordable over the last few years. It used to be that a pressure washing kit could cost over $500 bucks, and nowadays there are even some lower powered machines that go under 100 bucks. I’m just mentioning this because people stay away from these because they perceive them to be a costly tool, when that is not the case anymore.

Bandsaw

For all you creative types out there, you really need to check out a bandsaw. For those who do not know, a bandsaw is a powered blade that Is attached between two powered mechanisms, which is used to cut material such as wood, plastic and metal. This is another must-have power tool for any homeowner because in my opinion this is the fastest, cheapest and easiest way to replace broken cabinetry wood laminates. Depending on where you live and the wood’s quality, you might have to replace plywood every so often, and that entails (If you are willing to do the work yourself) cutting wood sheets in a precise way. If you are like me and prefer doing repair work by yourself, then a bandsaw is pretty much a requirement.

A woodworker’s wet dream, a bandsaw differentiates itself from other similar powertools by the fact that it’s so much easier to cut materials in intricate shapes, and that is one of the reasons why I prefer this over a jigsaw. It provides a much cleaner cut with less sawdust, and when combined with a featherboard, cutting wood into circular shapes is a piece of cake. Obviously, a bandsaw is going to be much more costly than a jigsaw, and depending on the things that you generally do around your home, it would be wiser to just go with the jigsaw instead.

You could technically even use a bandsaw as a meat cutter. I personally know a friend that uses a Makita bandsaw to cut poultry before setting the food on his table, something that I found strangely funny and kind of bizarre the first time he told me. I’m honestly not sure if a bandsaw made for wood cutting is going to suffer damage from cutting meat, but he has months doing it already and he hasn’t had any problems yet, so I’m pretty sure that as long as the blade is clean and sterile, cutting food is completely acceptable.

Electrical Wire Staple Gun

Another must have. Eventually, you are going to need to staple something that can’t be nailed down, making staple guns an essential in any homeowner’s tool kit. Staple guns will tend to be used by homeowners in several ways, including fixing carpets in place, stapling electrical wiring, and even installing housewrap. It might even be used by your kids if they want to staple some homework papers or an art project. In short, these things will be used very often for years to come. Get one now!

Now some of you might be wondering: why is a staple gun so necessary if I have a nail gun already? Don’t they do essentially the same thing? And the truth is that yeah, a nail gun can sometimes replace a stapler, but there are a few things that you shouldn’t nail down for obvious reasons. For example, those working with electrical wiring in their basement are going to want to tie those cables down for aesthetic and security purposes, and that obviously can’t be done with a nail. This makes a stapler a necessity in these situations. 

You might also want to avoid nailing down thermal insulation material (staples do a better job of holding the material without destroying it) carpets (Staples do a better job of holding the carpet in place) and some softer types of woods. If you are thinking of doing some of these things in the future, then I would advise getting a high-quality stapler to assist you. 

One important thing that I must mention: Staple guns can be pretty dangerous and so it’s important that you inform yourself on how to use one properly, especially if you are thinking of buying a stapler for stapling electrical wires.

Angle Grinder

An angle grinder, also known as a disc grinder, is another power tool with diverse uses. They are, in a sense similar to power drills in that they give you the ability to attach different attachments depending on the task at hand, making this another essential tool that you won’t regret adding to your repertoire. If you have other power tools with blades, want to deal with some excess mortar between your home’s bricks, or need a tool to cut tile or ceramic, then an angle grinder can be your best friend!

As I said above, this is a tool with several uses, but most people tend to associate them with the sanding and grinding of diverse materials like wood, concrete, and metal. Many homeowners that I speak to often complain that the wood used in some parts of their home is very rough, and this is where an angle grinder could prove useful. By using a sander attachment, you could use the grinder to smooth out the wood for safety and aesthetic reasons, giving the wood in question a more softened feel and a more natural look. You could use your sander in any rough feeling wood, but most likely you will want to use it on the lumber you use on your cupboards, or on your floorboards. 

Angle grinders will also prove useful to sharpen the edges of several other tools, including knives, lawn mower blades, steel piping, , and axes, among other things. Because of this, the more tools you have, the more important a grinder is going to be. Just remember that the attachment used is going to be different depending on which task you are going to do. Sanding will require a sanding disk and cutting ceramic will require a cutting wheel, etc…

Angle grinders are also a must-have for anybody that has brick walls on their home. In the process of building these walls, there’s usually some excess mortar leftover which looks ugly and unsightly. If you are OCD about that like me, then you are going to want to make the gaps as flush as possible. Angle grinders will help you with that by removing any excess mortar from the gaps, so that you can refill them with some cement, or if you are feeling fancy, some artificial filling.

Chainsaw

Those living on woody areas really need considering acquiring a decent chainsaw. I consider them to be essential for any homeowner that has trees nearby. If you just bought your home, then you are probably going to spend some time logging small trees and cutting small branches. This is where the chainsaw comes in. It’s also an easy way to maintain smaller bushes.

Many of us would love to move to a more woody area. At least that is my desire, but there’s one harsh truth about living near the woods or having a backyard with lots of trees: you are going to have to maintain them, especially if you want them to look as aesthetic as possible. And many folks prefer just letting a company do that, but some are going to want to do the dirty work themselves.

This is where having a chainsaw can be so useful. It’s going to make pruning and limbing tree branches a piece of cake, and you could even cut whole trees if you are feeling daring!

Also, chainsaws will prove to be useful if you have a home with a fireplace. Cutting firewood will prove to be really easy with a chainsaw when compared to using an axe.

Now, there’s a question that most of you have probably thought before: How safe are chainsaws? And the answer is that as long as you follow safety guidelines, they are very safe. To safely use a chainsaw, you are going to have to wear safety equipment, including special boots, mitts, and goggles, among other things. Just something to keep in mind.

Impact Driver

Another very important tool for any homeowner is a cordless impact driver. These are very similar to a normal power drill, but with some key differences. I would argue that all homeowners will eventually need both, especially those creative types who love doing DIY repairs around their home.

First of all, I need to explain the differences between an impact driver and a drill driver, also known as a power drill. A drill driver is mostly used for drilling holes and as a screwdriver. Pretty much everybody has a drill driver these days, and they will probably be enough for 80% of tasks. 

An impact driver, as I said above, has its similarities and differences, but to summarize them, just assume that impact drivers are drill drivers on steroids. They will provide 2 or 3 times more torque than the average power drill, which is perfect if you need to screw very hard wood or even concrete. Also, impact drivers differentiates from power drills because they will also use concussive force to really drive the screw home. In other words, it will create a hammering motion that will be very useful when working with harder materials. 

A few other differences include the impact driver using only hex shaped attachments, and also there’s the price discrepancy. Drill drivers tend to be much more affordable than it’s big brother, but this is only for entry level products though. The prices become much more similar with professional grade stuff.

Air Compressor

One of the most undervalued tools on this list, I started using air compressors a few years ago because I had bought by first paint sprayer and I needed a compressor to go with it. Since then I have used this nifty little machine in several other ways, including inflating tires and powering nail guns, among other uses. This is an essential equipment because there are many other tools that will need this to work properly, so I advise that you get one of these ASAP!

Air compressors are exactly what their name suggests: they are machines that will suck in air, use pressure to compress it, and they will then release the pressurized air in a violent way to an attachment like a paint sprayer or a hose. They are usually powered by electricity, but there are also gas powered models above. The choice between an electric or gas powered model will depend on several factors, including how portable you want the air compressor to be, your budget, and how powerful you want the compressor to be, among other things. 

Also, I love air compressors because of the fact that sometimes will also double as air blowers, which is perfect for people with gardens and lawns. Aside from needing to power my paint sprayer, I also bought a small bostitch electric compressor because it came with a blow gun add-on, something that I was also looking for at the time. It did a great job of swooshing leaves and branches out of the way in autumn, and I managed to avoid buying a full-on blower by buying this instead.

A small electric air compressor is going to be enough for 99% of homeowners out there, so that’s what I recommend that you do, at least until you need something more powerful. Air compressors might be useful and everything but they can get expensive really quickly as you start looking for more robust compressors or ones powered by gasoline.

Nail gun

Nail guns are a woodworker’s best friend and no wonder why. If you are spending a lot of time hammering nails across your whole home, then you really need to get one of these. These wonderful tools will save you a LOT of time and effort, and not only that. If used correctly, nail guns can be safer than hammering nails the old fashioned way. All in all, this is one of the essential tools any homeowner should have, especially one that is going to be working with wood on a frequent basis.

While some might argue that nail guns are only useful for a small segment of folks, I think otherwise. First of all, there have always been safety concerns with manually hammering nails, especially when there are a lot to be nailed. If this is your case, then switching to a nail gun is recommended. A nail gun will be safer as long as you know how to properly use one. These power tools can be dangerous too, but as long as you understand how to operate them, you shouldn’t have any issues. 

When it comes to which nail guns you should get, it’s going to depend a lot of what types of crafts or activities you tend or are thinking of doing. If you are going to do something like fixing a cupboard or your living room couch, then a simple electric corded nail gun will probably be enough. These nail guns tend to use 2 in nails which is good enough for small crafts.

If you are going to be doing a lot of nailing on bigger pieces of wood, then you will probably need a pneumatic nail gun. These use air pressure to pierce the intended object, and they are more expensive than electric models, but they tend to have better build quality. Also, pneumatic nail guns tend to be the only ones that support bigger nails. You should get a pneumatic nail gun if you are going to be doing foundation work or are going to be nailing concrete.

Paint Sprayer

If you have a home and keeping it looking nice is something important to you, then you are eventually going to think about painting something, from a single wall to the whole home. This is where a paint sprayer will come handy.  Color is often said to often make or break the look of a new home. If you are like me, then you probably have spent a lot of time thinking about what is the best color combination, both inside and outside the home. If this is your case too, then you should really get a paint sprayer!

From painting dirtied up walls to coloring DIY crafts, paint sprayers will prove to be useful in all kinds of situations, especially for painting at a faster pace. And while paint sprayer will serve DIY enthusiasts more than anybody else, they will still be useful for 99% of homeowners. If you have small kids, then you probably are well aware of the fact that they love putting their hands on your home’s walls, leaving them dirty. And some of this dirt might not be removed by simply wiping the wall down with some detergent or soap. If that happens you are going to have to apply some paint to the wall, which can be easily done with a paint sprayer.

Compared to painting with a brush or paint roller, paint sprayers tend to deliver the paint on a more uniform and even manner. They are also great because they will save you a lot of time, perfect if you are thinking of painting your whole home. They are a little bit more complicated to use compared to the manual alternative for obvious reasons, but using one isn’t rocket science either. 

Paint sprayers are even more important to DIY crafters than probably anyone else. Many crafters now prefer spray guns to brushes because simply makes painting much faster and easier. Other prefer brushes for smaller projects that need more precision. If you are a crafter, using both a brush and a spray gun is recommended.

Digital Multimeter

The multimeter gets overlooked when it comes to power tools in the home, yet it is a very important one and something you will eventually need if you are serious about doing jobs around the house or other DIY projects. They are available in a wide range of prices to the very cheap to extremely expensive but for most a good digital auto-ranging multimeter for around $50 should suffice.

7 Reasons Why You Need A Multimeter

  • Test your car and alkaline batteries.
  • Test to see if you have a hot wire exposed.
  • Test old extension cords that don’t look safe.
  • Measure light switches and other switches to see if they are bad.
  • Fuses (works great on small and hard to see fuses and if they are burned out.)
  • Measure temperatures.
  • Continuity test on old incandescent bulbs.

As you can see by just the 7 reasons listed above once you have a multi meter in your tool box you will find yourself using it more than you think.

Conclusion

Since the day that I acquired my first house, I decided that I was going to most of the repairs and fixes the house needed by myself. This was something that I definitely couldn’t do with a simple hammer and a few nails though. I needed power tools, such as a power drill, a nail gun, and a chainsaw, among other things. 

And you probably are going to need them too. If you are a new homeowner, you are going to eventually have to nail something to a wall, try to fix a water leak under the sink, or even cut a rogue tree with a chainsaw. That’s why I made this list. I wanted to do the ultimate resource about the most important tools you will need if you have a home or are interested in DIY in general. 

Ideally, you are going to want to buy a power drill, an impact drill, an angle grinder and a chainsaw. These are the most important tools you should have, and I would recommend starting from there and adding up tools as you start needing them.

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