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10 Home Improvement Gadgets Everyone Should Have

10 Home Improvement Gadgets Everyone Should Have

Everyone should have a basic set of tools in their home, regardless of whether you do repair work professionally or are a casual DIY’er. Having the right tools in place makes it a lot easier when you need to install a set of shelves, assemble furniture, or even just scrape gum or hard stickers from the kitchen floor. Here is a list of handy home improvement tools to always have on hand:

Nippers

Removing nails from wood trim can be a tedious task unless you have a nipper on hand. This affordable tool generally costs under $15 and manages to pull out nails cleanly without damaging the material. Nippers can also be used to cut through and remove small amounts of solid material, such as tile.

Impact Driver

Have you ever tried to remove a screw that just won’t budge? When a regular screwdriver can’t get the work done, grab an impact driver. Impact drivers generally come equipped with various heads, making them suitable for removing screws of any size. It works by applying intense rotational and downward force.[1] Impact drivers can come in handy when removing tight bolts.

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Angle Grinder

    Angle grinders have a small blade that is perfect for cutting through ceramic tile. It’s also ideal for making intricate cuts around smaller curved areas that require a lot of detail, such as showerheads and power outlets.

    Screw Driver Set

    The screw driver set is the most basic tool for DIY beginners but it’s also a must-have. They can be used to assemble furniture, install light switches, and tighten loose hardware or furniture. Every home should always have a screwdriver set just in case.

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    Flashlight

    A flashlight is a must-have just in case you need to work in a dark space, such as in the basement or the closet. They also really come in handy during a power outage or natural disaster. Opt for a rechargeable flashlight, which uses LED lights and will last for a long time.

    A Set Of Pliers

      Pliers give you the right amount of grip for heavy duty jobs, such as removing an old showerhead or slicing a wire. There are a large number of plier types available, including side cutting, long nose, and utility pliers.[2]

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      Adjustable Feet

      Adjustable feet are often used in home improvement projects, such as an above-the-floor bath installation. These are also convenient to keep in the garage in case you need to adjust the height of a DIY work station or a bench. They can also be used to level off an object in case your flooring is uneven.[3]

      Putty Knife

      Putty knives are generally used to scrape hard residue from a surface or spread material, such as plaster. They can be used to remove paint, stickers, or gum from the floors. Putty knives also come in handy if you’re working on a home renovation project and need to seal grout or apply drywall and plaster.[4]

      Power Drill

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        A power drill is a must-have and useful when assembling furniture or drilling holes in the wall in order to hang paintings and artwork. Drills allow you to attach bits to it to match the size of the screw. Other drill bits can be used in order to drill holes into a surface.

        Stud Finder

        Want to hang a painting or are you putting up a new set of shelves? A stud finder can be used in order to locate studs designed for framing behind drywall. If you don’t have a stud finder, you’ll end up drilling numerous holes into the wall until you hit a stud, which can result in damage to your wall. Modern electronic stud finders are able to show you where every stud is exactly.[5]

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        Last Updated on March 13, 2019

        How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

        How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

        Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

        You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

        Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

        1. Work on the small tasks.

        When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

        Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

        2. Take a break from your work desk.

        Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

        Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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        3. Upgrade yourself

        Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

        The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

        4. Talk to a friend.

        Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

        Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

        5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

        If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

        Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

        Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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        6. Paint a vision to work towards.

        If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

        Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

        Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

        7. Read a book (or blog).

        The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

        Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

        Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

        8. Have a quick nap.

        If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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        9. Remember why you are doing this.

        Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

        What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

        10. Find some competition.

        Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

        Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

        11. Go exercise.

        Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

        Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

        As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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        Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

        12. Take a good break.

        Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

        Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

        Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

        Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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