Build-it-yourself projects are surging in popularity right now because people are having fun discovering a new hobby or they're choosing to save money by DIYing instead of buying. Or, really, maybe it's simply because making things with your own two hands is just good old-fashioned fun. The feeling of accomplishment and pride after you've created something for your home is so satisfying.
In order to set yourself up for DIY success, you'll need to arm yourself with the right tools. First, we'll show you the essentials to have on hand, whether you're an expert or a novice. Then, check out some of our favorite DIYs to see how you can put your new products to good use.
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Essential DIY Tools
Getting the right measurements can make or break a project. In some cases, you might be able to eyeball the length and width of your materials, but more often than not, you need to know exactly what measurements you need in order for things to fit.
When working with wood, many DIYers know that using a drill helps to speed along the process immensely. You'll often need the pressure and power that only a drill can provide.
Tool #3: HART Steel Hammer, $23.97
If you're going to be using nails, or you need to secure something, you've got to have a trusty hammer by your side. This design is lightweight and durable, with a comfortable micro-textured handle.
Many next-level DIY projects call for the use of a circular saw. If you're a novice DIYer, don't let this scare you. It's so easy to use and makes precise (quick) cuts. Put this one on your wish list.
This is the jack-of-all-trades in your tool kit: It can cut, sand, scrape, and grind though a variety of materials. It's so precise — you get exactly what you need every time.
Tool #6: HART 9-Inch Torpedo Level, $8.88
Because if you want your new creation to sit, lay, hang, or stand straight, you need a level. This tool is easy to read, and has a groove so you can also use it with surfaces that aren't completely flat.