Women Can Fix Things Too: Top Tips and Tools for DIY Home Repairs and Projects

While most women haven’t exactly put a ton of stock in their “handyperson” skillset, many women are buying and renting their own homes, and as a result, need to fix things whether or not there’s a man on hand to do the heavy lifting. Sure we’ve seen an upsurge in the popularity of novelty items like pink tools, but many women didn’t grow up learning the basics of how to fix things around the house, big or small. Here’s some tips to get any woman (or man) up to speed on the DIY home repairs that’ll save some money in the long run:

Women Can Fix Things Too: Top Tips and Tools for DIY Home Repairs and Projects

Getting Started – The Essentials

Everyone needs a set of basic tools, all the things needed to get picture frames hung, fix a loose screw, or those infinitely heavier duty projects ahead, you’ll find yourself in something of a lurch if you don’t have any tools.

A multi-piece toolset is a great place to start. This will allow you to get all the basics together with one, relatively affordable purchase. Look for something that offers a hammer (a real hammer, not those slender novelty kind marketed toward women), a utility knife, Phillips and flat head screwdrivers, or a screwdriver with a variety of swappable bits. A few other tools to get you started:

  • Plyers
  • Flashlight
  • Tape measure
  • Stud finder
  • Level
  • Allen wrench

Adjustable crescent wrench

From there you can start to add a few more things, like a power sander, various clamps or a staple gun. Beyond your general hammer and wrench-type basics, most of the additional items in your kit are more dependent on the types of projects you plan on doing. If you’re woodworking, a sander, a drill press or a planning tool will be critical. If you’re retiling a bathroom, you’ll want to get a caulking gun. For the ratchets and more needed to flesh out your toolkit, check out rs-online.com.

Additionally, you may want to add some extras like a set of pliers, or some variation in your screwdriver collection.

 

How to Actually Learn Those Coveted DIY Skills

Stocking up on tools may very well be the easiest part of the home improvement process. Getting those handy-woman skills down pat? Well, that’s another story. For simple stuff like how to refinish your thrifted coffee table to building your own frames, take to YouTube or the This Old House, you’ll find a range of videos targeting how to fix everything from a faulty sink to how to replace a garbage disposal.

For more complicated jobs like building a dining room table or taking on some ambitious rewiring project, look to your local hardware store or community workshop, these resources often conduct classes to teach people a new home improvement skill and the hands-on attention will be more beneficial than even the best YouTube video.

 

Finally, if you really want to accelerate your ability to build some serious structures, volunteer for a home building organization like Habitat for Humanity. While many of these organizationss provide assistance in other countries, if you can’t book a volunteer trip there may be a project near your home.

As with anything, becoming an expert DIY-er takes a serious time investment. Start small, and keep those tools around the house, and seek help when you need it.

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