Handy tools for easy kitchen remodelling and home improvement

Are you planning a kitchen makeover or remodelling? One of the most popular home improvement projects, kitchen remodelling project is full of possibilities. Even with a few modifications, you can bring about a refreshing change into your kitchen’s utility and décor. 

As part of the remodelling process, you might want to do the following things:

•Change the kitchen layout

•Add storage – including cabinets, shelves and drawers

•Update the décor

You can hire a professional to complete the project or if you are handy with the tools and have a creatively, then you can also handle the entire project by yourself. While the task is undoubtedly exhaustive, you can make it relatively quick and easy by using the right tools. 

That said, each of these tasks requires specific tools. For instance, the tools required to remove and install cabinets are very different from those used to lay the countertop or fix tiles. However, there are a few universal tools that you will need irrespective of the section of the kitchen you are remodelling. What’s more, most of these tools are readily found in every household's toolbox.

To facilitate you, here is a brief list:

•Hammer and nails

•Power screw driver

•Power Saw

•Measuring tape

•Box cutter

•Wrenches and pliers

•Electrical tools

•Plumbing tools

•Putty knife

•Step ladder

•Safety materials including gloves, a face mask, goggles and a construction hat

Depending upon the part of the kitchen you are remodelling, you will have to start with the dismantling process in that area. If you want to remove the existing storage cabinets or add some new ones, you will require a power screwdriver, as most cabinets are attached to the walls with the help of screws. You will also need it to fix or remove the door hinges. However, a multifunction screwdriver, the type that comes with a range of handy screwdriver heads, will prove to be extremely useful for a variety of tasks. For gaining access to tall cabinets, you will surely need a handy step ladder.

For changing the lower or under countertop cabinets, you might have to uninstall the sink and other appliances or a garbage disposal system, if you have one installed. This is where you will need the wrenches and pliers to undo the plumbing. Special plumbing tools will also be called for to install taps, water and drainage pipes, etc.

To measure the sizes, a measuring tape is a must, while for cutting the materials for the kitchen counter top and the floor tiles to the appropriate size, box cutters and a hand saw are must haves. But if you are good with power tools, then a power saw will help save time and energy. To help position the countertop piece or tile nothing works better than a solid hammer and nails. And this is one common tool that is sure to be found in your do-it-yourself (DIY) toolbox. 

Plus, when installing new appliances in the kitchen, you may have to provide for fresh electrical wiring, switch boards and plug points. And this is where a set of electrical tools will become mandatory. 

To replace cracked floor tiles and/or re-tiling the walls, you should have your putty knife ready. This tool helps you spread the adhesive for the tiles neatly and easily, helps getting rid of messy caulks and is also extremely handy when installing new kitchen countertops. A putty knife is also a must have for refilling cracks and holes in the walls. 

And since you have embarked upon the kitchen revamping project on your own, your safety is of prime importance. And hence you will require safety equipment which includes a face mask, goggles, work gloves and also a construction hat.

So collect all your tools and equipment and get set for your challenging kitchen upgradation project. All the best! 

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