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Andersens Renovating series: Essential carpentry tools for renovating

April 23, 2012

At Andersens, we’re all about trying to help you make the most of your home and we hope you enjoy reading some of our hints and tips in our renovation series

Renovation for home improvement does not only require carpentry skills but you also need to have the right tools. If you are working on a DIY renovation, make sure that you have a well-equipped toolbox to help you do things properly and with safety top of mind.

Among the most commonly used carpentry tools is a hammer. A hammer helps in delivering an impact to an object such as driving nails and fitting up parts.

You’ll also need a selection of screwdrivers on hand. Quite obviously, a screwdriver is a tool used for driving screws by a rotating mechanism. Make sure that that size of the screwdriver matches the size and type of the screw. The two most common types of screwdrivers are the flathead and the Phillip’s head. Flatheads do have a straight tip while Phillip’s heads have a cross-shaped tip. Electric screwdrivers are also now available to save you from exerting too much physical effort in driving in and taking out screws.

Other important carpentry tools are saws. You can use a handsaw for cutting wood and a hacksaw when working with metals.

The use of a spirit level is also indispensable in carpentry. This tool helps you determine the accuracy of a particular surface in both horizontal and vertical surfaces.

For measuring great length, you will need a measuring tape. This also ensures accuracy of measurement before cutting objects. Most tape measures in carpentry can measure up to 25 feet distance.

If you are working with different sizes of nuts and bolts, a shifting spanner can be your very good friend.

In addition to the mentioned tools, you will also need: a chisel for cutting wood edges. Pliers, a combination square, a utility knife, clamping devices and a retractable blade should also come handy.

For safety purposes, you’ll need to have safety glasses, earmuffs, work gloves and dust mask. A hard hat is also necessary if you are working on the roof or anything overhead.

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