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Top Ten Tools For Do It Yourself Projects

Updated on September 12, 2015

DIY Tools For DIY-ers

Are you a DIY-er? Do you take pride in fixing or remodeling things in your home? Do you find yourself offering to help your friends with projects in their home? Perhaps you've just become fed up with the shoddy work that some of the professionals have been doing for you lately. Believe me, you're not alone. Tons of home owners are finding themselves becoming members of the Do It Yourself community.

The Do It Yourself community consists of several types. Some home owners have been severely burned by professionals they've hired to do painting, repairs, or remodeling in their homes, and lost patience with waiting to find one that actually does quality work. Others, are simply thrifty and want to save money on the work. The last of you, just do better work than most professionals and take pride in improving their home. All in all, the DIY community is growing each and every year, which means that the demand for quality tools are also in higher demand.

Finding the right tool is just like finding your favorite restaurant, you usually end up wasting your time and money on some real duds before you find the one that's right for you. However, we are going to try to make this journey a little less painful. We're going to give you some of the top tools that you can use to repair or remodel your home, that are of the highest value - both in product quality, price, as well as usefulness or versatility. If you don't find what you're looking for in this list, at least it will show you how you should be thinking when you're evaluating a tool for purchase. Remember, tools are meant to be bought, used, re-used, and re-used again and again.

U-Stripe It & Design tool
U-Stripe It & Design tool | Source

1) The U-Stripe It & Design tool

Here is a truly innovative and amazing product, that can help DIY'ers and professionals alike. This incredible tool allows you to create perfect stripes, and other designs, with perfect symmetry and measurement. No more crooked stripes because you didn't lay your tape down perfectly, and no more stripes of varying widths. With this tool, your stripes can be perfectly equal, or will be perfectly varied in width by design. The U-Stripe It & Design tool was conceptualized, engineered, and finally patented by a professional painter with over 30 years of experience in the industry. His goal, to create a tool that will allow him to take a job which normally takes 4 - 8 hours of pain-staking measurements, nailing into walls, laying painter's tape using guide strings, and then patching up the nail holes in the wall before he can even begin painting, and turn it into a 1 - 2 hour job with only one tool! His success is now your success... Right now, they are even offering free shipping and a free roll of their painter's tape with each order within the U.S.

Werner M1-8-16
Werner M1-8-16

2) Werner M1-8-16 Aluminum Multi-Master Articulated Ladder, 16-Foot

The Werner 8-foot Type1can turn into a double stepladder, stepladder, stairwell ladder, stand-off ladder, fully extended straight ladder, 1/2 and 3/4-length straight ladder, self-supporting scaffold, extended span scaffold, stairwell scaffold, and others. It supports up to 250 lbs, and is the best friend for any DIYer. This ladder can handle approximately 90% of your ladder needs around the home, and the other 10% requires you to have a taller stepladder for those extremely hard to reach high places. All in all, this ladder is a great buy at an amazing price, and is the most versatile ladder out there. The slip-resistant multi-directional rungs are complemented by slip-resistant feet; the ladder's bolt-on base provides stability, while the Alflo rung joint connections prevent twisting. With its versatility and high safety rating, the Werner M1-8-16 will allow you to conduct all of your ladder jobs around the house safely and with confidence.

Skylink SC-1000
Skylink SC-1000

3) Skylink SC-1000 Complete Wireless Alarm System

Another fine Do It Yourself product is the Skylink SC-1000 wireless alarm system. It features the rolling-code technology, which eliminates the ability for thieves to access your system by eavesdropping. The wireless system has a 100 foot range, can be installed on a Saturday afternoon, and has no monitoring services or fees. With alarm system monitoring fees ranging from $10 - $50 a month, this can be a significant savings for home owners and business owners alike! For the price that this system is offered at, you receive 2 - 3 times as much hardware as you would if you went through a professional alarm system installation, AND you don't have to pay for alarm system monitoring. Plus, the system has additional hardware that you can buy if your demands are greater than what the original package contains. Even if you buy these expansion packages, you still save money on the deal - definitely a great DIY buy.

Leatherman 830160
Leatherman 830160

4) Leatherman 830160 Surge Pocket Multitool

Not only is this Leatherman tool a multi-functional, durable, and reliable tool, but it comes complete with its own leather carrying case. Men and women in all branches of the U.S. military carry Leatherman tools for any immediate need for a tool, when no tool boxes are available. For the rest of us, this tool serves to simply not require us to fetch our toolbox every time we need a screwdriver, scissors, knife, or pliers. With all of the built in tools and functionality, one would think that the tool would be less stable to use or would be less durable. On the contrary, each and ever Leatherman tool is 100% stainless steel, easy to use, and comes with a 25 year warranty! Leatherman is the best when it comes to multi-tools, and this particular model is definitely one of the favorites.

Tool Band-It
Tool Band-It

5) Tool Band-It Magnetic Arm Band

If you have watched the television show PitchMen on Discovery, then you definitely familiar with the Tool Band-It. However, now you will be affirmed with its usefulness. One of the best uses for this tool is when you're nailing or screwing a significant number of nails or screws, and may need to switch from your hammer, drill, or screwdriver, or are on a ladder. Instead of holding nails or screws in your mouth or pocket, they are safely attached to your Tool Band-It. You can grab your nails and screws without dropping them, stabbing yourself, or getting them stuck beneath your finger nails. Plus, the rare earth magnets are strong enough to hold full size tools as well! Believe it when you see and imagine how useful this tool can be once you own one.

Bucket Boss Fatback Bucket Organizer
Bucket Boss Fatback Bucket Organizer

6) Bucket Boss Extreme Gear 01064 Fatback Bucket Organizer

One of the problems that most Do It Yourself-ers have when they are working on a project is all of the items which need to be carried to the work area. You have to bring your toolbox, possibly your drill in its box, possibly a wrench set in its box... and the list goes on. This particular item allows DIYers, as well as working professionals, to grab several boxes worth of items all in one carry along item. This particular Bucket Boss bucket organizer will allow you to carry one item with ALL of your needed tools for your project, so that your 2nd trip will only be necessary if you need a ladder, paint supplies, or simply something to drink!

Petzl E49P LED Headlamp
Petzl E49P LED Headlamp

7) Petzl E49P TacTikka Plus 4-LED Headlamp

One of the MOST important aspect of working on a DIY project, is proper lighting. If you can't see what you're doing, then you are increasing the chances of you doing poor work, doing the work improperly altogether, and/or of injuring yourself. Sometimes, while it may put out more light, you don't have room for a large light source. This unit allows you to see exactly what you're doing without occupying your hands, allowing you to use both hands to work. It might not be adequate for all situations, but for a small area or one that is difficult to reach, it definitely does the job and then some!

Black & Decker LDX120PK Lithium Drill and Project Kit
Black & Decker LDX120PK Lithium Drill and Project Kit

8) Black & Decker LDX120PK Lithium Drill and Project Kit, 20-volt

When it comes to DIY projects and tool hunting, some of us like one-stop shopping experiences. This is due to the fact that as shoppers, we know that over time we will spend hundreds of dollars if we buy each tool when we need it over time. However, buying a tool kit ensures that we get a wide variety of tools right away, but at a fraction of the cost. The Black & Decker 20-volt Lithium Drill and Project Kit is definitely one of those good buys. It provides a wide variety of tools, but also includes a powerful 20-volt drill so that you can get the job done. Black & Decker is one of the TOP tool manufacturers, so you know that you're getting a quality product - and that it will last. In fact, this tool kit can handle pretty much any Do It Yourself home project that you throw at it!

HK1 Hydrokinetic Adjustable Wrench
HK1 Hydrokinetic Adjustable Wrench

9) HK1 Hydrokinetic Adjustable Wrench

One of the key aspects of a good Do It Yourself tool is versatility. Having a tool with 100 parts and pieces increases complexity of using the tool, of transporting the tool to your project site, and of course of losing parts and pieces. With this hydrokinetic adjustable wrench, you can turn a HUGE variety of nut and bolt sizes, with only a single one-piece tool! In fact, the tool had a very high evaluation by 'Popular Science' and 'Tool Snob'. "The HK1 Hydrokinetic Wrench is one of the more innovative items we've come across in quite a while." - by Tool Snob "One of the 12 must have products of 2009" - by Popular Science Magazine. The tool fits 23 metric and standard nut and bold sizes, and has a slim design that allows you to use the tool in the tightest of places. Again, a smart tool that has a lot of bang for your buck!

Zircon MultiScanner i520 Center-Finding Stud Finder
Zircon MultiScanner i520 Center-Finding Stud Finder

10) Zircon MultiScanner i520 Center-Finding Stud Finder with Metal and AC Electrical Scanning

One of the most expensive results of doing a project yourself, is from possible damage that you may do while trying to do the project. Drilling or nailing into a wall and hitting and electrical or phone wire or a water line can lead to some truly expensive repairs. Plus, if you need to find a stud to attach something heavy, you want to get it right the first time to minimize dry wall damage and to ensure that the finished product looks perfect. This tool will allow you to accomplish all of that. This tool is a multi-functioning stud finder, that also serves as a metal and electrical scanner. It can sense metal and electrical current running behind the dry wall surface that you want to drill or nail into. Believe me, this tool is a must have for any Do It Yourself-er, and will save you hundreds if not thousands of dollars in damages.

Share Your Do It Yourself Experiences & Favorite Tools!

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    • PrometheusIV profile image
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      PrometheusIV 6 years ago

      @therealstig86: I've use mine so many times since I purchased it, it's not even funny.

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      therealstig86 6 years ago

      Some handy gear here, those step ladders are really useful.

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      PrometheusIV 7 years ago

      These are some pretty amazing tools to help get the job done - share your experience with them, or just your own remodeling experience, both good and bad, and the tools that made them so!