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How serious are you about your new DIY life? Be honest. Some hardware stores offer tool rental services and if you’re not going to be using something more than once – you don’t need it taking space up in your garage.
For tools that will see yearly use or more, you’ll probably want to purchase outright. But you may want to try renting tools before you commit to the purchase, just to try things out. You might find a new favourite tool this way.
The right PPE for the job
Once, when I was much younger, I needed to cut a piece of plywood on the table saw. I turned the table saw on, placed the wood on its bed and realized I wasn’t wearing my safety glasses. I was about 22 years old at the time and thought that I was invincible. As I was about halfway through the cut, I went through a knot in the wood. It flew off and hit me right UNDER the eye. It’s my close-call story – I could have suffered permanent damage. From then on, no matter what the job, I always gear up properly.
Even amateur DIYers need to have the right personal protective equipment (PPE) for the job. At minimum, your tool kit should have eye protection, ear protection, and work gloves. I would even recommend having a pair of safety shoes – you really should be wearing them when you cut the grass. The number of people I see cutting their grass in the summer in sandals drives me up the wall. Don’t do this.
If your projects are going to kick up a lot of dust, you’ll want to invest in some dust masks or respirators – and maybe even some disposable coveralls. Believe me, that dust gets everywhere.