Diva should have her own Drill/Driver. This is one small, yet extremely
powerful tools that takes the 'hard' out of hard work. Lightweight in
design, extremely easy to use, and available in various models, a
Drill/Driver is top of the list when it comes to buying power tools for
projects in and around the home.
on the shopping list is a toolbox kitted out with a selection of hand
tools that you're going to need. This includes a tape measure, spirit
level, roll of duct tape, hammer, assorted pliers, safety gear (goggles
and gloves), plus a few other essentials. Spoil yourself with a decent
sized toolbox that has a variety of storage options.
Set up shop
going to need a place to work, and this doesn't necessarily have to be a
full on workshop. A kitchen counter works just as well as a workbench
and we have used ours on plenty of occasions. Cover the worktop with
bubble wrap, or something similar that will protect the surface, and you
have a convenient space to work on.
Know your stuff!
There's no point in owning tools you are too scared to use. Start
practicing and overcome the fear. If you just can't seem to take that
first step, sign up for a DIY-Divas workshop and we'll help you get over
your fear or tools and help build your confidence.
Did you know:
Power tools themselves are not dangerous - it's the person using the
power tools that makes them so. If you don't have confidence when using
power tools, it's far easier to make mistakes - and that's when
Dress for the occasion
not asking you to get down and dirty, just to be sensible about how you
dress. Tie up long hair into a pony tail - or pop on a headscarf, take
of dangly jewellery, and keep the high heels for your evening out. You
should be dressed to be casual and comfortable.
Plan it right
prepared for any project by making a list of what you need. Break each
project down into manageable steps and buy equipment and materials
before you start each step. That way, you won't have to stop halfway
through to buy what's missing, because chances are you won't feel like
carrying on when you get back!
Love your hardware store
silly, but by knowing where everything is in your local hardware store
you know exactly where to find it - when you need it. You will also know
what the store stocks
and what you have to buy elsewhere. This can save you lots of time when
you want to start and finish a project within a time frame.
Invest in quality: As
and when you can afford it, invest in quality power tools that will
last a lifetime. Tools that use Lithium-Ion [Li-Ion] battery technology
are long-lasting and powerful enough for all DIY tasks. We always
recommend three tools for DIY projects in and around the home:
Drill/Driver, Sander and Jigsaw.
Janice Anderssen is Women24's Decor and DIY expert. Ask her a question here or visit www.homedzine.co.za for more tips.