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Danny’s 3 DIY Must Have Tools

By: Danny Lipford

1. Power Drill:

A power drill is not only good for drilling various sized holes, but it also allows you to use other accessories such as driver bits, wire brush wheels, sanding drums, and many other attachments. Cordless models are available in various voltages including 9.6, 12, 14.4 and 18 volts.

Common Uses:

– Drilling holes in wood, metal, and masonry
– Driving Screws
– Hanging Heavy Objects

Power Drill Project:

To ensure something stays in place use screws instead of nails. Recently we attached sliding barn doors to a multi-purpose room project on Today’s Homeowner. Watch this video to see how DIY friendly this type of project is.


2. Circular Saw:

Circular saws are one of the most versatile power saws. These saws enable you to cut boards, plywood, larger pieces of trim, etc. Most circular saws are packaged with a standard blade; however, you may wish to purchase additional blades.

Common Uses:

– Cutting 2 x 4s for framing
– Cutting deck boards for decking
– Cutting a full sheet of plywood into smaller sections

Circular Saw Project:

A circular saw really came in handy during a recent episode of Today’s Homeowner when we decided to make a window box. Watch this video to see how it’s done. It’s a project anyone can do to add some extra curb appeal to your home.


3. Electric Sander:

Sanders mechanically speed up the movement of sandpaper to more quickly smooth out a rough surface. The most basic sander is a 1/4-sheet pad sander that allows you to create a more finished look on your surface.

Common Uses:

– Refinishing furniture
– Preparation of new wood for staining

Electric Sander Project:

Sanding is the key to preparing any painting job. Watch this video to see how we prepared dozens of cabinet doors during a recent episode using a pad sander with 220-grit paper.


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Danny’s 3 DIY Must Have Tools