DIY Renovation Tools
Tools Used to Transform Our Cottage from Single Wall to Double Wall Construction
Over the years my husband and I have tackled and completed a variety of DIY home renovation and remodeling projects. As a result, we've had to utilize many different renovation tools, both power and hand tools.
All the DIY tools featured on this page were used by my husband and myself to recently renovate our small cottage in Hawaii. These tools are dependable, affordable and user friendly for both men and women; I can personally attest to that. :)
We began this latest project in June; the remodeling took us the entire summer. We are moved back into our home now, but still have lots of finish work to do. (Stay tuned for further pages, but for now I'd like to share with you some of the tools we used during the course of the project.)
Photo credit: Pam Irie
Power Tools for DIY
Must Have Combo in DIY Renovation Tools - DeWalt 18Volt Drill/Driver Combo Kit
Our DeWalt driver is pictured in the lead photo of this article. It's the perfect tool for driving hex nuts.
This combo kit is indispensable for home improvement projects; a winning combination that will save you time and money!
What Single Wall Construction Looks Like
The Inner Wall and the Outer Wall are the Same Board
Here's a closer look at the traditional single wall construction which was previously the norm in Hawaii several decades ago. "Single wall" basically means the interior wallboard IS also the exterior wall.
Our single-wall cottage is exactly the type of dwelling commonly built in Hawaii until the early 1960s. ONE single wall, without insulation. All electrical wiring, the outlets and switch boxes are mounted on top of the boards with wood molding made specifically to cover the wiring.
No heat or air conditioning, of course, but none is needed in the area of the island we live in. Single wall construction also means no insulation in the wall and that fact meant increased noise even in the quiet neighborhood we live in.
We love our home, but we were definitely ready to make some changes!
(Photo credit Pam Irie)
I'm Sitting Down on the Job!
One of the most time consuming parts of the demolition process involved removing the ceramic floor tile in the kitchen. We began with the usual hand tools and found this to be a very tedious and slow method.
A coworker of my husband's had an electric jack hammer with spade attachments and offered its use. This was my first time using this tool and I was so grateful to learn what a time saver it truly was. It didn't take me long to figure out just the right slant to use while holding it for the quickest demo. What a welcome contribution the loan of this tool turned out to be!
Take care of your lungs while sanding or doing other types of handy person work.
Electric Jack Hammer for Demolition
The electric jack hammer pictured below is the one that we would someday like to own. It will definitely make quick work of a heavy duty job!
Great reviews on this electric jack hammer.
Pause for a Poll
Are you more comfortable using power or hand tools for do it yourself projects?
The Compressor We Use
Finish Nail Gun
This power tool is one of my favorites! I love how quickly I can install wood trim with this Porter Cable finish nail gun. It's a great tool.
After a few minutes use, you'll find how much easier and faster wood trim installation is when you use a nail gun rather than driving nails by hand. (FYI....you will need an air compressor to use this tool. I've highlighted the one we use on the right side of the page if you're interested. It's available from Amazon with FREE shipping.)
Hand Tools for DIY
Keep These Handy Tools Nearby
You'll need all of these hand tools for demolition and some for rebuilding. Two different sizes of crowbars are useful, a quality sledgehammer and of course, a level is necessary for framing too.
My husband has this kind of "quirk" regarding these particular tools. After basic demo is finished he keeps these tools nearby in a corner in case they may be needed. Some kind of builder's superstition if you take the tools out too soon, it could signify a real delay in completing the job. ;)
Measure Accurately with a Folding Carpenter Ruler
Get one with a 6 inch extension!
(You know how the metal measuring tapes can bend at exactly the wrong time, right? Well these folding rulers totally eliminate that problem...try one and you'll see exactly what I mean!)
Using a Folding Wood Ruler - TIPS!
Great tip here for accurate angles.
Highlighting the 6 inch extension portion of this great ruler.
Don't forget......Safety First!
Remember to always work safely on any DIY project.
The anti-fog feature is awesome! Many DIY jobs require wearing dust masks which can cause safety glasses to fog up. Try these DeWalts on for size!
Five pair pack; it's a great deal. Save your hands! (Notice I'm wearing these very gloves in one of the pictures above.)
Renovating Our Cottage - Summer 2013 - Random Shots Of Demo and RemodelingClick thumbnail to view full-size
This tool will be our next purchase. Reviews say this is a quality, well-made handy tool that is "like having another person on the job." Music to our DIY ears! :)