Are You Ready To DIY?

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As a first time home buyer, two things are now probably true for you.  One, you don't have a lot of money to toss around.  And two, things are going to break and need to be fixed in your new home.  And that is OK.  I'm going to share some tools and supplies you should have on hand for those do-it-yourself moments when you want to save a few bucks.  Take your time, buy piece by piece and don't be afraid to ask for items for holiday gift giving.

 
All In One Tool Set
 
This quickest least expensive way to start out is with a kit.  I think this one was $20-$30 at the local hardware store here in my neighborhood of Cheektowaga, NY.  Pardon the missing hammer... it likes to live in the last place it was used in my house.  It'll have all your basics: hammer, tape measure, wrench, pliers, hex keys (if you don't have a dozen lying around already from other boxed projects) and screwdrivers.  Ours even came with a small level, which is great for hanging small items and projects, and clamps.  I'd invest in a stud finder if you plan on hanging pictures right away.
 
Some other odds and ends to have on hand are a T-square, staple gun and saw horses if you start getting into larger DIY projects.  In time, add some power tools.  Huge fan of our cordless drill and hand-held sander and laser level is next on my list of must haves.  Life won't be the same after power tools. Below are some DIY's from my home.  I didn't do all the work, but I make a great assistant.
 
Office Pegboard Organization 
 
3-Sided Pipe Cover
 
Fish Tank Stand
 
Dog Steps

 

Some a little crude, some more finished but they serve their purpose and cost way less.

From top to bottom:

  • Pegboard added to unfinished wall in basement office for some vertical storage.
  • A 3-sided "wall" that covers the pipes in the middle of the basement. Slides out easily for repairs/maintenance. 
  • Fish tank stand for a 55 gallon tank
  • Dog steps for our old man of a pup to join us in bed
 
Of course, things don't just hold themselves together.  Invest in some nails, screws, nuts & bolts as well as different types of glue, tape and caulk.  Last but not least, everyone's favorite fix... duct tape!
 
Happy Do-It-Your-selfing, stay safe, save money and remember some tasks require a Pro!
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Rainmaker
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Les & Sarah Oswald
Realty One Group - Eastvale, CA
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Hi Sarah,

Great DIY projects. Thanks for sharing.

I love DIY projects. It gives me satisfaction knowing that I am able to put things together. My last project was a trellis in our backyard. It is still standing with all the Santa Ana wind that passes through the I.E. BTW, I am also missing my hammer. It is the most used tool in my house.

Oct 08, 2013 04:49 AM #1
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Sarah Lynn Jaskowski
Williamsville, NY
House. Home. Today.

Thank you!  Sad part about the hammer... we have at least 3.  One of them could have made it back to the case.  After recent outdoor renovations this summer, most of our tools and supplies are living in a laundry basket by the front door.

My utility knife gets a workout, which I forgot to add to the list.  Get a utility knife!  =)  Thanks again for reading!

Oct 08, 2013 04:52 AM #2
Rainmaker
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Sandra DeVargas
Buffalo, NY
The DEVARGAS Team at Keller Williams Realty

Sarah: I know how to reach you, you can come over to my house

Nov 08, 2013 02:44 AM #3
Rainer
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Sarah Lynn Jaskowski
Williamsville, NY
House. Home. Today.

Whoa, whoa whoa Sandra.  I'm just the lovely assistant.  You'll have to talk to my boyfriend ;)

Nov 08, 2013 05:48 AM #4
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