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DIY Renovation Tools

Updated on November 23, 2014

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.

DEWALT DCK265L  18-Volt Compact Lithium-Ion Drill/Impact Combo Kit
DEWALT DCK265L 18-Volt Compact Lithium-Ion Drill/Impact Combo Kit

This combo kit is indispensable for home improvement projects; a winning combination that will save you time and money!

 
Single Wall Construction
Single Wall Construction

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)

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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!


3M 8210PPB1-A-NA Plus Particulate Respirator, 20-Pack.
3M 8210PPB1-A-NA Plus Particulate Respirator, 20-Pack.

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!

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Tools for Remodeling a Home
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Finish Nail Gun

Remodeling with a Finish Nail Gun
Remodeling with a Finish Nail Gun | Source

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

Handy hand tools for Demo and Building
Handy hand tools for Demo and Building | Source

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. ;)


Folding Carpenter Ruler with Extension
Folding Carpenter Ruler with Extension | Source

Measure Accurately with a Folding Carpenter Ruler

Get one with a 6 inch extension!

Measuring accurately before cutting wood trim can be challenging even in the best of times. We found that using a 6 ft folding ruler with a 6 inch extension makes the job a whole lot easier.

(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!

Safety First!

Remember to always work safely on any DIY project.

Dewalt DPG55-11C Clear Anti-Fog Protective Safety Glasses with Dual-Injected Rubber Frame and Temples
Dewalt DPG55-11C Clear Anti-Fog Protective Safety Glasses with Dual-Injected Rubber Frame and Temples

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!

 
G & F 5015L-5 Regular Cowhide Leather Palm Work Gloves for driving and construction with rubberized safety cuff, Large, 5-Pair pack
G & F 5015L-5 Regular Cowhide Leather Palm Work Gloves for driving and construction with rubberized safety cuff, Large, 5-Pair pack

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 Remodeling

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2nd bedroom interior after demo. We used this room as temporary storage inside.2nd bedroom interior shot as demo begins.Removing all the excess staples from ceiling framework.Overview of interior during renovation.Back bedroom interior framing begins.Prepping to lay down new subflooring over existing hardwood. Damage too extensive on original flooring. More cost effective to lay down new hardwood.The faded orange "carrier" in the picture has been used so many times over the years to help us carry heavy sheets of plywood.New single hung window installed in back bedroom. (All the windows were replaced in the house during this remodel.)Outdoor brick paver lanai is used to store building supplies and excess furniture during this renovation.View of our backyard from new window installation in 2nd bedroom.Bathroom wall removed for reframing. This shows where the old Japanese style cast iron tub used to be. Area was enlarged to fit standard size tub.New insulation is placed between wall studs. This helped tremendously with making the cottage much more cozy and quiet. :)Picture of completed interior framing. Refrigerator is the white object in right side of pic. We kept it plugged in during renovation for cold drinks.Removing the huge living room picture window was the scariest part of the project for me. My husband and I did it with remarkably no breakage!I burned a lot of sage inside the cottage during this renovation. It kept the moods steady and on course. (It works!) :)
2nd bedroom interior after demo. We used this room as temporary storage inside.
2nd bedroom interior after demo. We used this room as temporary storage inside.
2nd bedroom interior shot as demo begins.
2nd bedroom interior shot as demo begins.
Removing all the excess staples from ceiling framework.
Removing all the excess staples from ceiling framework.
Overview of interior during renovation.
Overview of interior during renovation.
Back bedroom interior framing begins.
Back bedroom interior framing begins.
Prepping to lay down new subflooring over existing hardwood. Damage too extensive on original flooring. More cost effective to lay down new hardwood.
Prepping to lay down new subflooring over existing hardwood. Damage too extensive on original flooring. More cost effective to lay down new hardwood.
The faded orange "carrier" in the picture has been used so many times over the years to help us carry heavy sheets of plywood.
The faded orange "carrier" in the picture has been used so many times over the years to help us carry heavy sheets of plywood.
New single hung window installed in back bedroom. (All the windows were replaced in the house during this remodel.)
New single hung window installed in back bedroom. (All the windows were replaced in the house during this remodel.)
Outdoor brick paver lanai is used to store building supplies and excess furniture during this renovation.
Outdoor brick paver lanai is used to store building supplies and excess furniture during this renovation.
View of our backyard from new window installation in 2nd bedroom.
View of our backyard from new window installation in 2nd bedroom.
Bathroom wall removed for reframing. This shows where the old Japanese style cast iron tub used to be. Area was enlarged to fit standard size tub.
Bathroom wall removed for reframing. This shows where the old Japanese style cast iron tub used to be. Area was enlarged to fit standard size tub.
New insulation is placed between wall studs. This helped tremendously with making the cottage much more cozy and quiet. :)
New insulation is placed between wall studs. This helped tremendously with making the cottage much more cozy and quiet. :)
Picture of completed interior framing. Refrigerator is the white object in right side of pic. We kept it plugged in during renovation for cold drinks.
Picture of completed interior framing. Refrigerator is the white object in right side of pic. We kept it plugged in during renovation for cold drinks.
Removing the huge living room picture window was the scariest part of the project for me. My husband and I did it with remarkably no breakage!
Removing the huge living room picture window was the scariest part of the project for me. My husband and I did it with remarkably no breakage!
I burned a lot of sage inside the cottage during this renovation. It kept the moods steady and on course. (It works!) :)
I burned a lot of sage inside the cottage during this renovation. It kept the moods steady and on course. (It works!) :)
Pentagon Tools Foot Lifter For Drywall And Sheetrock Panels Amazing Mini-Lifter
Pentagon Tools Foot Lifter For Drywall And Sheetrock Panels Amazing Mini-Lifter

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! :)

 

Got DIY tales to share? Or a favorite DIY tool? Please tell!

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      Barbara Tremblay Cipak 3 years ago from Toronto, Canada

      whoa, you look really good with that jack hammer lol! what a project, good for you guys to take this on (fun though I bet) - my hubby just DIYed our upstairs washroom

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      Pam Irie 3 years ago from Land of Aloha

      @Diana Wenzel: Thank you! After I finish the interior window and door trim that has to be primed, caulked and painted, then I'm making the window treatments. (For now it's towel curtains for us.) lol

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      Renaissance Woman 3 years ago from Colorado

      That was quite a project! Bet it feels great to have completed these very satisfying renovations. In terms of my favorite DIY tool, I'd have to say the ones I use the most (brad nailer, miter saw, cordless drill driver, and Dremel rotary tool). Thanks for sharing your project. What's next on the docket?

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      Susan Deppner 3 years ago from Arkansas USA

      I trust myself with a glue gun, but that's about as powerful as my tools get. Last week my husband was up in a tree with a chainsaw, so he would relate better to these cool tools. I'd trust him with the folding ruler; not so sure about the jack hammer!

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      Rhonda Albom 3 years ago from New Zealand

      This will be a great shopping list for hubby's birthday next month! Thanks.

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