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    shutterstock_46739824We are living in the age of DIY projects. Look up any subject with “DIY” attached in Pinterest, and you will be supplied with tips, ideas, and inspiration. Often, the projects look so easy to complete. Here’s the deal, in many situations the writers assume that you will have the proper tools to complete the job. In this decorating article, I wanted to cover the basic tool box needs for any weekend home project and these items can easily be picked up at any hardware store.

    Start with a tool box; it doesn’t have to be big, and there are many inexpensive options. Harbor Freight offers them for less than $10!

    • Hammer – 16oz hammer is lighter weight, or consider a short handled hammer, which may be easier to handle.
    • Screwdriver set with interchangeable tips:  Flat head, and Phillips head
    • 25’ Measuring Self-Centering Tape
    • Pliers – needle nose, combination
    • A small Level
    • Utility Knife and extra blades
    • Stiff-bladed putty knife 1 1/2″ for scraping and a wider one for doing patch work such as 3-5″
    • Adjustable crescent wrench: 6-8”
    • Wire stripper – cuts wire to the proper length
    • Cordless Power Drill – Dewalt DC825 18v drill, Bosch PS31 12v drill – both feature a smaller handle and are light weight.
    • Nail set – used for sinking nail heads below the surface
    • If you are not interested in buying separately, check out this colorful option from Great Neck a complete tool kit and bag!
    • Supplies: Wood filler, Sandpaper in fine and medium grit, single use Super Glue, Various sized nails and picture hanging supplies, Hercules Hook for hanging pictures or anything up to 150lbs.

    If you already have all the basics, and you’re ready to move on to the big tools, click here to read an excellent article on the essential power tools.

    I would love to hear about your next DIY project! Do you have any lined up for the fall? Fall is a fabulous time to tackle any painting project as the temperatures are conducive to paint drying, and you can leave your windows open for fresh air!

    Redesign RightIf you are in need of a color or fabric consultation, or you don’t know the first step to take in a room redesign give Debbie a call 610.955.8202 or email. Also, if you love home decorating take advantage of the hands-on Redesign Right certification program offered in Glen Mills, PA this fall!

    By Debbie Correale, founder and owner of Redesign Right, LLC. You can learn more about her at www.RedesignRight.com. Find her on Facebook.com/RedesignRight, Twitter @RedesignRight, LinkedIn, Pinterest, Houzz and .

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