Remodeling projects require lots of time and patience. They often involve packing many of your belongings, setting up equipment, lots of helping hands, and sometimes even changing your living arrangements until construction is completed. Throughout the process, there are plenty of little things to make the transition easier on your family, including tools that can help the renovation run smoothly and efficiently.
Here are just a few:
1. Invest in a Halogen Work Light
Lighting is an important element to any construction project. If you’re working during the evenings to avoid the daytime heat, be sure to have a lamp on hand so you can work in a properly lit environment. Opt for a heavy duty halogen project work light that gives you at least 500 watts of light.
Lighting is also critical if you’re painting a wall or large surface. Shadows from improperly lit spaces can result in areas that don’t receive an even coat of paint.
2. Decide What Tools You Need
Each remodeling project requires its own set of specific tools. Be sure you’re ready with all the proper tools and machinery on hand before you begin. There’s nothing worse than investing several hours into a project only to realize you don’t have the proper tools to complete the job. Think ahead and decide what you need.
A solid-steel framing hammer with a ripping claw may come in handy for the demolition process, for example, and a tool belt will be helpful, allowing you to bring your basic tools along with you as you work. Think about extension cords, screws, charged batteries for your cordless tools, a ladder, and all of the other things that will help you work without the interruption of trips to the hardware store.
3. Wear Protective Gear
Stay safe on the job by outfitting yourself with the proper protective gear. Wear work boots with a thick sole to protect feet from nails that may be lying around, and consider steel-toed boots if you’ll be moving around heavy furniture and equipment.
If you’ll be working around loud machinery, protect your sensitive ears with earplugs that can withstand loud levels of construction noise.
Protect your eyes from construction debris, wind, and the sun’s UV rays by wearing the proper protective eyewear. Goggles are best if you’re sanding or working with equipment that outputs metal or wood shavings; wrap-around shades work great to protect from harsh wind. If your current shades are damaged, replace your lenses to make them good as new.
Dust gets everywhere during a remodel, regardless of the project size. Wear a mask to prevent breathing in all that dust and debris, which could otherwise cause respiratory problems or ignite an asthma attack.
4. Stock up on Water & Snacks
Keep an ice cooler stocked with plenty of water and sports drinks to keep you hydrated. Snacks like granola bars, bananas, and nuts are easy to eat while on the job, and will keep your energy levels up through the workday. Instead of rushing to make dinner after a long day of remodeling work, plan ahead by throwing together a slow-cooker meal that will be ready by dinnertime, or by ordering a pizza.