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March 21, 2013

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Stock up to tackle most any home project

The do-it-yourself movement in home improvement continually grows stronger as a way for people to update their homes while saving money. If you’re one of those DIYers ready to get to work, you need to make sure you have the right tools for the job, no matter what that job is.

Painting Prep

Repainting a room is a quick, inexpensive home project that can make a dramatic difference.

It’s important to make repairs and clean and prime the walls before applying that first coat. Pre-gummed fiberglass repair tapes and premixed patching compounds allow you patch and paint in the same day. For an older home, wash walls with a trisodium phosphate solution and a sponge.

Traditional brushes and rollers are tried and true, but the newest technological innovation on the market can speed up the process, such as a cordless paint sprayer.

Organizing Your Life

Closet and garage organization systems increase the amount of usable storage space by using vertical space.

For working in tight spaces, a right-angle drill can be useful. The use of power tools with lithium-ion batteries, as opposed to traditional ni-cad batteries, can make the job easier — the tools are lighter, the batteries last four times longer, and the charge doesn’t fade so you have power for the entire job.

Cabinet Facelift

By updating cabinet doors and replacing or installing drawer pulls and other hardware, you can change the look of your kitchen without the time and expense of a complete remodel. Try using a cordless drill kit to spruce up your kitchen with ease.

Renewing the Deck

Old paint and stain should be scraped off the wood, and then the wood should be sanded. A stiff-bristle brush should be used to remove any flaking stain or dirt. For pressure-treated decks, an orbital sander can smooth out rough areas on deck boards, railings or stair treads.

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