The tools you use can make or break a DIY project. If you’ve tackled DIY projects in the past, then you probably already have a toolbox with the basic, trusty tools already in there.
Thanks to some very clever inventors, there is now a huge range of DIY gadgets on the market to buy. Some of these products are just a novelty and don’t bring any real benefit, but others are total game changers, making projects safer and faster for you.
Forget measuring everything by hand. A precision laser measurer is more accurate than you could ever be with a metal tape measure, especially over distances. Precisely calibrated ultrasonic sensors can measure space to the millimeter, meaning that you can be confident when you’re ordering carpets, flooring or furniture, or other items that need to be bought to decorate the space.
Pipe and electrical wire finder
Many a DIY project has come to a crashing halt when you accidentally put a nail through a water pipe, causing a lot of damage and a large bill from a plumber. Water pipes and electrical wires are hidden behind walls and under floorboards, meaning that they’re a potential hazard for the DIY enthusiast. Not only could it damage your property, but could be unsafe too. Catching an electrical wire with a metal tool could give you an electric shock.
Pipe finders are hand held devices that you hold up against a wall or floor and they detect if there is any pipework or electrical cables where you’re planning to work.
Attention to detail is the key to great DIY. If something is just a little off in terms of measurement or quality of finish, then you will never stop noticing it, and neither will others. Laser levels are great for precision marking of walls and floors, so you can ensure that you’re tiling, or placing batons at the correct level.
The range of electric screwdrivers on the market today make light work of most jobs requiring you to place or remove screws. They’re light weight and powerful, taking the pressure of your hands and wrists. You can even by attachments that can remove damaged and threaded screws.
Sometimes you need to look at something that’s just not easy to get to. If you need to inspect inside walls, under floorboards or behind large items, then you can invest in an inspection camera. The small camera is mounted to the end of a flexible attachment, which can be threaded into the smallest space. You can see what the camera is seeing on a handheld monitor attached to the camera.
Painting rooms can be a long and messy process. Paint sprayers allow you to cover a greater area, fast, with even coverage. No more visible brush strokes or picking paint brush hair off the walls.
Level up your DIY game by investing in some of these great gadgets that will make your DIY project much easier.