Apr
30

Prep Your Toolbox to Tackle Top Projects

April 30, 2013

Chicago real estate projectsThe do-it-yourself movement in Chicago new 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.

You can find project guides, how-to videos, and buying guides for tools and more at www.homedepot.com/howto.

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 (TSP) 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. A cordless paint sprayer, such as the Ryobi 18 Volt ONE+ ProTip Speed Sprayer, has a long-lasting, lightweight lithium-ion battery, a reversible spray tip that rotates to clear clogs quickly, and sprays latex paint as well as stain.

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 Milwaukee M18 Lithium-ion 18 Volt Cordless 3/8-inch Right Angle Drill has a multi-position trigger and a compact head for use in small areas. 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 Ryobi 3/8-inch 12 Volt Cordless Lithium-ion 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. The Makita 18 Volt LXT Lithium-ion Cordless 5-inch Random Orbit Sander has three speed settings, and is designed for efficient sanding, fast material removal and a swirl-free finish.

Before cleaning and refinishing a deck, you need to check posts, supports and decking for loose, weak or damaged areas, then replace or repair as needed. To handle long or large screws and bolts, an impact driver, such as the Ryobi 18 Volt ONE+ Lithium-ion Impact Driver Kit, gives you power and control.

Project Clean Up

For small post-project clean ups, keep household wipes handy — not only can you clean up any spills or smudges you made, you can clean up your hands, too. For bigger jobs, a wet/dry vacuum can do wonders. It can do all the traditional things a regular vacuum can, while also getting into hard-to-reach areas and cleaning spills and liquids. The Milwaukee M18 Lithium-ion 18 Volt Cordless Wet/Dry Vacuum has a HEPA-rated filter that can be washed and does not need to be changed between wet and dry applications.

Battery Buying Guide

  • Lithium-ion batteries produce a consistent charge throughout the life of the battery. Ni-cad batteries lose power as the battery runs.
  • Lithium-ion batteries can be charged many more times than ni-cad batteries, and are not damaged by leaving the charger on too long.
  • Lithium-ion batteries are lighter than ni-cad batteries, allowing for smaller, more powerful outdoor and power tools.

Learn more about lithium-ion batteries at www.homedepot.com/tools.

Photo courtesy Getty Images

About The Author

Read All Stories By Mitch Levinson

Mitch Levinson is the author of “Internet Marketing: The Key to Increased New Home Sales” published by BuilderBooks. He is an Internet marketing expert with expertise in search engine optimization, website development, email marketing, social media and CRM consulting services. He is known for creating effective programs that can be tracked through analytics to prove effectiveness and ROI. Mitch is founder and president of MLC New Home Marketing and MLC FlatFee Realty, as well as managing partner of mRELEVANCE, LLC, a Marketing, Communication, Interactive agency with offices in Chicago and Atlanta. He currently leads the Chicago team. A Multi-Million Dollar Sales Producer who earned an MBA in Computer Information Systems and eCommerce, he brings a unique perspective and experience to the field of real estate communications. Mitch combines the two interests in order to help home builders and developers gain a competitive advantage through the Internet and technology. When he isn’t behind a computer, he enjoys participating in sports and coaching his kids’ teams. Mitch resides in Arlington Heights, Ill., a northwest suburb of Chicago, with his family, which includes two rambunctious labs. Visit my Google+ profile.

Leave a Comment

Copyright © 2008-2017 mRELEVANCE, LLC | Chicago Real Estate News | Chicagoland Real Estate Forum. All rights reserved. Thank you for visiting Chicago Real Estate News Chicagoland Real Estate Forum, Real Estate Listings and Information Provided by MLC Realty, Inc.
Internet Marketing by Marketing RELEVANCE

Equal Housing Opportunity

1819 W Grand Ave | Chicago, IL 60622