5 Reasons to Remove Carpet + a How-To Guide

We all know some of the obvious reasons to remove old carpet: maybe it’s worn, there could be stains, or it might just not fit in with newer décor. These are all good reasons for removing old carpet, but there are more benefits to removing old carpet. It can help with repairing subfloors, allow you to run wires, give you an opportunity to fix squeaky floors, and it can also be good for taking care of odors that may have set in under the carpet.

While it is probably better to let the professionals handle installing the new carpet, you can save some money by removing the old carpets yourself. In this post, we are going to teach you how to remove carpet and tell you five of the reasons why you may want to do this job yourself:

  • Dealing with unwanted odors
  • Fixing squeaky floorboards
  • Repairing damaged subflooring
  • Running low voltage wiring
  • Saving money

Take Care of Odors When You Remove Old Carpet

You may find that you have some odors that you cannot clean out of the carpet. In this case, it is likely that the cause of the odor is something that soaked through the carpet to the padding and subfloor. To get rid of this odor, you will need to remove the old carpet and clean the area with a mixture that is half water and half bleach. Once the area is dry, you will then need to seal the spot using a stain-blocking primer.

Fix Squeaky Floors

Removing your old carpet is the perfect opportunity to fix squeaky floors. Once the subfloor is bare, you just need to walk around looking for places that squeak. Once you find them, you can fix the noise by using your cordless drill to drive a 2-inch screw through the subfloor and into the nearest floor joist.

Removing old carpet makes this job easy! With no carpet on the floor, you won’t even need a stud finder to locate floor joists. You should be able to find the joists by looking for where the existing screws or nails are.

Repair Subfloors

This is also a good opportunity for removing and repairing subfloor that is damaged or rotten. A carpet installer might offer to do this for you, but you can save money by learning how to remove subfloor yourself.

You can start by looking for sections that are rotten or damaged. Get your circular saw and set the depth of the blade to match the thickness of the subfloor material. Cut out the damaged section, making sure to expose the floor joists so a new piece can be fastened into place. Cut a replacement piece to match the section of subfloor you’re removing, and then fasten it to the floor joists.

If you need to cut in a space that is too tight for your circular saw, you could consider using a tool like the 20V Power Share Cordless Oscillating Multi-Tool. Oscillating tools are great for making cuts in tight or awkward spaces, and with the right blade, you can cut through both wood and metal.

Run Low Voltage Wires After Removing Old Carpet

You can also lay low voltage wires so they will be hidden by the new carpet you put down. This includes wires for things like speakers, phones, cable TV, and your home internet network. Just run it right next to the tack strips at the edge of the room and use a staple gun to secure the wires every three feet. The only tip is to avoid laying the wires under any area that is going to see a lot of foot traffic.

Save Money By Learning How to Lift Carpet Yourself

One of the best reasons to remove old carpet yourself is to save money. Carpet installers will offer to do it for you, but they are going to charge a few dollars for each square foot. Along with that, you can avoid having to pay them for things like repairing subfloors and fixing squeaky sections of the floor.

How to Remove Carpet

These are all good reasons to remove your own carpet, but you will need to know how to do the work if you want to enjoy any of these benefits. The following are some of the things you need to know for removing an old carpet.

Safety First

Safety should be your top priority when learning how to remove carpet. Remember to wear safety equipment when doing any home improvement project. Get a pair of work gloves to protect your hands, safety goggles to protect your eyes, and you may also want to find a good dust mask to wear when removing carpet.

Lifting and Removing Carpet

The first thing you need to know is how to lift carpet. Carpet is held in place by tack strips. You should be able to go to a corner and just start pulling it up. If it is tough going, use a utility knife to cut a 6” x 6” square out of the corner to get you started. With the square removed, the old carpet should be easier to lift.

Once you have it pulled back about three feet, fold the carpet over and use a utility knife to cut the pulled up section off. A utility knife should be enough to do the job, but you can make it faster and easier with the 4V ZipSnip Cordless Electric Scissors. This tool can easily cut through carpet and it will make the task much easier.

Taking Care of the Padding

After removing the carpet, you can then remove the padding. The padding usually comes in smaller sections that are stapled to the floor. Just find the edge of a section and then pull it up. Once you have all of the padding removed, you can then go back to remove the staples.

Removing old carpet is hard work, but it is well worth your time. It will save you a significant amount of money and it will also provide you the opportunity to do some repairs before the new carpets are installed.

Find all the tools you need to make removing old carpet easier at WORX!

Electric vs. Gas Weed Eater: Why Electric Wins Every Time

Working with a weed wacker lawn mower can be a vital part of lawn maintenance. They are great for trimming the areas your lawn mower cannot get, and they can also be used for edging your lawn.

While shopping for the best grass trimmer, you probably see that you have options for electric or gas-powered models. Both can certainly do the job, but there are some significant advantages that come with an electric weed wacker.

Some people might still believe that gas weed wackers are the best option, but the electric models have come a long way. They now offer plenty of power and the best electric string trimmers will outperform gas-powered models in a number of ways.

If you are still trying to decide between an electric vs. gas weed eater, the following points should be enough to convince you that electric is the clear winner. Electric grass trimmers can be corded or cordless, are easier to start, maintain, and handle, and also make less noise.

Corded or Cordless Electric Weed Eaters

With electric weed wackers, you have the option to go with cordless models and those that plug in. The electric string trimmers that use a cord have the advantage of having an endless power supply, but you are limited by the length of the cord.

When you go with a cordless grass trimmer, you have the freedom to work without a cord, but you are limited by the charge in the battery. That said, the rechargeable batteries have gotten much better over the years. With modern batteries, a good electric weed wacker can offer a runtime that will be enough for most homes.

One of the best cordless electric weed eaters to consider is the 20V GT Revolution 12” String Trimmer/Edger/Mini Mower. This electric string trimmer is powered by a 2.0 Ah 20V lithium battery for a long runtime and with its telescoping shaft and 5.5 lbs weight, it is very easy to handle.

It is also part of the WORX Power Share line. That means the batteries can work with a range of other WORX tools. When you are not using the batteries to power your electric grass trimmer, it can be used with other Power Share tools like leaf blowers, chainsaws, cordless drills, and the WORX Hydroshot.

An Electric Weed Eater is Easier to Start

One of the biggest problems with gas weed eaters is how difficult they can be to start. You have to keep yanking the pull cord until the engine starts, and then once it is going, you have to let it warm up for a few minutes.

With an electric string trimmer, getting started is as simple as flipping a switch or pressing a trigger. That means no more hassle with pulling the cord several times to start your weed wacker. Even better, the electric models turn off just as easily as gas models.

If a gas model stalls or runs out of fuel, that means you also have to start the whole process again. With a cordless grass trimmer, you could run out of battery power, but continuing is as easy as switching to a new battery. You can even buy extra replacement batteries to extend your runtime.

Electric Grass Trimmers Require Simple Maintenance

Gas string trimmers require a lot of maintenance. You have to mix the gas just to run the machine and since it is a gas-powered machine, you also have storage limitations. The gas-powered models also have spark plugs and air filters. That means you are going to have to give the machine a yearly tune-up before you can start using it in spring.

With electric weed wackers, all you have to do is give the machine a yearly inspection and clean it up before you put the tool away. Beyond that, you will want to protect the cord on plug-in models and make sure to keep the batteries charged for cordless weed wackers.

Lighter and Easier to Handle

Gas weed wackers are usually much heavier than the electric models. Ten pounds is considered light when you look at gas weed eaters. That might not seem like much, but it is a lot when you have to carry the tool around and work with it for a few hours.

If you are looking at electric string trimmers, 10 pounds would be considered heavy. If you are looking for a lightweight machine, you should not have a hard time finding an electric weed eater that weighs less than 7 pounds. There are even a few models that come in under five pounds.

Less Noise With an Electric vs Gas Weed Eater

Electric grass trimmers are also much quieter than gas-powered models. You will still want to follow string trimmer safety and use earplugs, but less noise means you won’t bother your neighbors as much. Maintaining the lawn with your electric grass trimmer will also be easier on the people in your house.

An electric weed wacker can make trimming your yard much easier. They are easier to maintain and easier to use. When you get one from the WORX Power Share line, you also have a tool that can share batteries with a wide range of other tools.

 

Shop the best electric grass trimmers at WORX!

Tools for Small Spaces

One of the biggest challenges facing DIY homeowners is having enough space to set up tools and materials when working on home-improvement projects, home repairs and various hobbies and crafts. This is especially true for anyone living in an apartment, town home, condominium, or house without a garage, basement or other usable space.

Fortunately there’s a viable solution to the lack of working space. WORX has a collection of power tools and accessories that are compact, collapsible, versatile, and small in size, but big on performance. Here’s a detailed look at six such WORX products that are perfectly suited for even the tiniest spaces.

Pegasus Folding Work Table and Sawhorse

Pegasus is a multi-functional worktable that quickly transforms into a super-strong sawhorse. And best of all, it collapses into a compact 5 in. x 25 in. x 35 in. for easy storage. Constructed primarily out of super-resilient nylon composite, Pegasus weighs just 30 lbs. Yet, it has a worktable load capacity of 300 lbs., and with its wings folded down into the sawhorse mode (below) it supports an impressive 1,000 lbs.

BladeRunnner Portable Tabletop Saw

This cleverly designed bench-top saw is one of the smallest, yet most versatile saws available anywhere. BladeRunner accepts standard T-shank jigsaw blades and can perform a wide variety of cuts, including rips, crosscuts, miters and scroll cuts. When fitted with the appropriate blade, it’ll slice through wood (up to 1? in. thick), plywood, PVC pipe, acrylic plastic, steel, aluminum, even ceramic tile. It weighs just 15 lbs. and has a saw table that’s about 16 in. wide x 17 in. long. And you can buy optional wall-mount brackets for conveniently storing the BladeRunner when it’s not in use.

Aerocart Wheelbarrow

The Aerocart is unlike any wheelbarrow you’ve ever seen. It features two tires for rock-solid stability, extra-long handles for superior leverage, and a durable 3-cu.-ft. steel tub that places the center of gravity directly over the wheels. As a result, you can move heavy, even uneven loads with ease. Tests have shown that transporting 200 lbs. in the Aerocart requires as much effort as moving a 17-lb. load. The Aerocart is a wheelbarrow, yes, but that’s not all: At the base of its steel tub is a 6-in.-wide fold-down platform that converts the Aerocart into a hand truck. And because the cart’s wheelbase is only 23 in. wide, you can easily roll down hallways and through most doorways. There are many WORX accessories available for transforming the Aerocart into other labor-saving devices, including firewood carrier, four-wheel yard wagon, rock mover, leaf-bag holder, even a manual snowplow.

JawHorse

The JawHorse is a three-legged sawhorse that’s ruggedly built out of steel. It can support up to 440 lbs. and the legs fold flat for easy transport and storage. There’s even a built-in roller that allows you to easily wheel the collapsed JawHorse in and out of the house. It features a foot-operated vise that exerts one ton of clamping force. Simply set the workpiece between the padded vise jaws and then pump the foot petal to tighten the vise. The JawHorse is particularly useful when working on large, unwieldy objects, such as doors, chairs, cabinets, tables, even bicycles.

Sidekick Portable Work Table

The Sidekick is a super-versatile, lightweight, collapsible table that can be used anywhere you need a stable, flat work surface, including in the garage, backyard, or out on the deck, patio or driveway. It’s also handy to bring along to the beach, campsite, sporting events and backyard cookouts. The Sidekick has a 24-in.-sq. top, stands 32 in. tall, and weighs just 12 lbs. Yet, it can support up to 300 lbs. And in just seconds, the Sidekick collapses down into a compact, easy-carry package (below).

Cordless Lawnmower

Lawnmowers take up an inordinate amount of space and are difficult to store out of the way. That is, with one exception: The WORX 40-volt Power Share 14 in. Lawnmower has a folding, collapsible handle that allows you to tuck the mower under a table, hang it on a wall, or place it on a shelf (below). And since it’s powered by two 20-volt lithium-ion batteries, there’s no fear of spilling fuel when you store it away. Other features include a 14-in.-wide mowing deck, adjustable cutting heights, quick-connect collection bag, and the ability to switch between cutting and mulching grass clippings.

Home Renovation Fails You Should Know and How to Avoid Them

You’re already pretty handy with a 20V cordless drill and think you are ready to move on to more complex house renovation projects. While having some experience under your belt is good, there are some things you need to know before starting your DIY house renovation work.

When learning how to renovate a house, there are a lot of things that can go wrong. One missed detail or a relatively small renovation mistake can cause all sorts of problems. Before you know it, you are spending more time and money to complete the job or calling in a professional to fix one of your home renovation mistakes.

While there are some home improvement fails that will be hard to avoid, there are steps you can take to avoid problems. In this post, we are going to provide some remodeling tips to help you avoid some of the most common DIY home renovating fails. These house renovation tips include not being too focused on appearance or material goods, making the right measurements, and using the right tools.

Avoid Being Too Focused on Outward Appearance

When you work on a home renovation project, you obviously want the end result to look good. But, while appearance is important, it should not be your sole focus. As an example, if you are remodeling your kitchen and decide to hang new drywall, check the electrical wires and pipes in the wall before finishing the project. Fixing any issues now will be much easier than having to do it after the home renovating work is done.

Incorrect Measurements Are a Common Renovation Mistake

Measurements are very simple in concept, but they can cause some of the worst headaches when you get them wrong. Depending on the house renovation project, something as small as an eighth of an inch can make a big difference. Imagine measuring a space for an appliance only to find that it doesn’t fit.

This is also one of the fundamentals of woodworking projects. Whether you are measuring for cuts with your cordless circular saw or any other type of saw, you should double-check all of your measurements. You should also make sure to account for the blade kerf if you need them to be exact.

Use the Right Tools to Avoid Home Improvement Fails

One of our top home renovating tips is to get the right tools for the job. There are some tools that are versatile enough to work for a wide range of purposes, but there are also jobs that demand a specific tool or piece of equipment. Instead of trying to make do with a tool that kind of works, it is better to get one designed for the specific DIY house renovation job.

If you are trying to save money, you could consider renting tools or equipment. Beyond that, you could also look for tools that can serve multiple purposes. For example, maybe you have a lot of sanding work to do but lack the money to buy a variety of specialized sanders. Instead, you could buy a tool like the 20V Sandeck 5-in-1 Multi-Sander. With its removable sanding pads and multifunctional design, you can complete a wider range of sanding tasks with just one tool.

Form Over Function Will Harm Your DIY House Renovation Efforts

Form is an important part of home renovations, but it cannot be at the expense of function. When you are planning a home improvement project, you need to think about how you are going to use the space. This can influence decisions like the placement of light switches and outlets, where you will put a door, and which side the doorknob will be on. Overlooking these points are some of the common causes of home renovation fails.

Curb Appeal is Important When Deciding How to Renovate a House

If you are renovating a home you intend to sell, you need to focus on DIY house renovation projects that will offer a good return on investment. Some people make the renovation mistake of thinking large projects like a full kitchen remodel will offer the most value. However, when it comes to resale value, it is often the smaller projects that provide the best return.

Instead of tearing the interior apart, think about what you can do to improve curb appeal. The first impression is made from the curb, so you should make sure to do things like mow the lawn regularly and use your electric hedge trimmers to keep the bushes and shrubs looking neat.

Material Purchases Can Lead to Home Renovation Fails

Issues with material purchases are another one of the more common renovation mistakes. The first point is to avoid cheap, low-quality materials. Even if it looks good initially, the material might not last as long and could require repairs or replacement sooner than more expensive materials.

Avoid a home improvement fail and try not to buy your materials too early. Even if you see a good deal on flooring, you should wait until your house renovation plans are complete. If you buy materials too soon, you are likely to buy the wrong quantity or materials that turn out to be unsuitable for the project. Wait until you are ready to start work before buying your materials.

While figuring out how to renovate a house can feel stressful, these tips should help. As long as you are prioritizing quality, efficiency, and plan ahead, you should be able to avoid any potential home improvement fails.

 

Find all the materials you need for your next home renovation project at WORX!

Corded Electric vs. Cordless Yard Tools: What's Better for Your Lawn?

In the past, having electric or battery powered lawn equipment meant making significant compromises in performance. However, what these tools are capable of has gotten much better over the years. Battery powered lawn equipment is more powerful than ever before, and the batteries can now do a lot more work on a single charge.

With the improved performance, electric and cordless yard tools are now the better option for most homes. If you are ready to forget about things like maintaining a gas-powered lawn mower, now is the time to start looking at electric yard tools like lawn mowers, string trimmers, leaf blowers, chainsaws, and more. The only question you need to ask is whether you are better off with cordless yard equipment or electric tools that need to be plugged in.

Is an Electric Cordless Lawn Mower Right for You?

When comparing electric cordless lawn mowers to those that plug in, the main consideration is the size of your yard. Standard electric lawn mowers will offer unlimited runtime as long as they’re plugged in, but its range is going to be limited by the length of your extension cord. With electric cordless lawn mowers, you need to make sure you get one that can cover enough space on a single charge, but the advantage is that it is not held back by needing to be plugged in.

The WORX 56V Cordless 20” Lawn Mower with Mulching Capabilities and Intellicut is one piece of battery-powered lawn equipment that is up to the task of covering large areas. This electric cordless lawn mower is easy to maintain and it offers a range of easy to adjust cutting heights. With its two 56V removable batteries, it also has the ability to 9400 square feet in one charge.

String Trimmers are Ideal Cordless Yard Tools

Most homeowners will probably prefer a string trimmer to be part of their cordless yard tools arsenal. Being free of a cord makes it easier to use when you are doing yard work, and most cordless string trimmer models will offer more than enough runtime for tasks like edging your yard and trimming areas your lawn mower can’t reach.

If you are looking for the best battery powered trimmer for the average yard, a tool like the 20V GT Revolution 12” 4 Ah String Trimmer/Edger/Mini-Mower should be a good fit. With the 4 Ah battery, you should have no problem getting your trimming done with a single charge. This model can also convert to a wheeled edger, making it easy to get a nice, clean edge on your yard.

Corded vs. Battery Powered Leaf Blowers

When choosing which type of leaf blower to get, consider how often you intend to use it. If you are just moving leaves or cleaning up after mowing the lawn, a cordless leaf blower is probably your best option. If you are looking for features like mulching or vacuuming, one that plugs in would probably be more useful.

For a battery powered leaf blower, the 20V Turbine 4 Ah Cordless Two Speed Leaf Blower is a good choice. The lightweight design makes this cordless yard tool easy to handle, and it comes with two speeds for switching from lighter to heavy-duty work.

Choosing the Right Chainsaw

It might not be exclusively used as a lawn tool, but a chainsaw can be good for keeping your yard in good shape. While there are still gas-powered models that are much more powerful, an electric chainsaw is great for work around the house.

If your objective is to cut some branches or fell small trees, a cordless chainsaw like the 10” Cordless Chainsaw with Auto-Tension should work well. It is compact and lightweight, which makes it easy to handle. Along with that, this cordless yard tool has tool-free chain tightening and automatic chain lubrication.

If you need a wider cutting diameter or just have a lot more wood to chop, then you may want to consider a model like the WORX 15 Amp 18” Chainsaw. The 18” bar gives you a wider cutting diameter for working on larger trees and branches, and the 15 Amp motor offers the performance needed for these tougher tasks.

Electric and cordless yard tools can do a lot to make your life easier. They now have the capabilities to compete with some of the gas-powered tools, and they are easier to maintain and easier to handle. When you go with battery powered lawn equipment from the WORX Power Share line, you have a range of tools that can share the same batteries, making them more convenient than other battery powered lawn tools.

 

If you’re looking for a the best corded or cordless yard tools, choose WORX!

Essential Gardening Tips for Beginners

Managing a garden can be one of the most satisfying and fulfilling experiences you have. There is something to be said for putting your efforts into a patch of earth and seeing the result as your plants grow strong. Along with that, gardening is great for giving you time outdoors and it can also be good for your health. If you have kids, gardening projects are also a great way to start teaching them responsibility and get them outdoors when the weather allows.

If you are a beginner trying to learn how to start a garden, there are some things you need to know. While starting a garden can be a rewarding hobby, it is not as simple as putting seeds in the ground and then waiting for them to grow; it takes time, effort, and a little bit of knowhow.

With the following gardening tips for beginners, you can improve your results and make some of the work a little easier. These basic gardening tips include starting small, picking a location, getting the right tools, laying your garden out, prepping your garden beds, planting at the right time, and knowing when to water your plants.

Wondering How to Start a Garden? Start Small

Some of the best gardening advice is to consider the amount of time you have to devote to gardening. Many new gardeners start out with a large patch thinking it will be a good way to get the most from the time and effort they put into gardening. While this can be true, you have to recognize the fact that a larger garden is simply going to require more of your time.

If you go too big in the beginning, it might be too much of a burden on your time. This could lead to you not giving your garden the time it needs or just giving up if it seems like too much. One of the basic gardening tips for beginners is to start with a small patch and then expand if and when you feel like you can handle a larger garden.

Pick a Location Before Starting a Garden

If you want to have a successful garden, you can’t just pick any open space in your backyard. You need to determine the amount of sunlight your plants need and find a spot where they will get it. Some plants need more sun than others, and some will grow well in the shade. In many cases, seeds and plants will come with information about the amount of sun they need, as well as other basic gardening tips. If not, you will need to do a little research before planning your garden.

Get the Right Tools

One of the top tips for gardening is to get a good set of tools. If you are starting your garden toolkit, you should get a garden trowel, pruners, garden fork, rake, and small shovel. If you’re looking for gardening tips for beginners, you may also want to consider something like the Aerocart 8-in-1 Wheelbarrow/Yard Cart/Dolly. With this versatile and lightweight wheelbarrow, you can haul loads of soil and fertilizer with ease, making starting a garden much less of a hassle.

Laying It Out is a Basic Gardening Tip

One good piece of gardening advice is to plan the layout of your garden before you plant. You want to make sure all of your plants have enough room to grow and that all of their needs are met.

Beyond having enough room, you also want to consider the possibility that some tall plants might block the sun from smaller plants. Draw up a plan that gives every plant enough room while also accounting for how some plants might affect others.

Prep Your Garden Beds

You are going to need to prepare the ground before planting. Start by removing weeds and clearing any debris. One of the best pieces of gardening advice to make this part of the job easier is to use an electric leaf blower to clear out leaves and sticks. Once the area is clear, you can then turn the soil and add some fertilizer to get the ground ready for your plants.

Tips for Gardening Include Planting at the Right Time

You might be looking forward to getting your plants in the ground on the first sunny day, but you need to consider what you are putting in your garden. Cold weather vegetables can go in the ground before the first frost, so there isn’t much to worry about there.

However, when it comes to how to start a garden for the spring and summer, some plants need to wait until to go into the ground after the last frost of the year. Some plants might die if you put them in the ground too early. Even if they do survive, they might not live up to their full potential.

Manage Your Watering When Starting a Garden

Watering is one of the basics of starting a garden. You can’t always rely on nature to provide enough water and there are several factors that go into determining the right amount of water for a garden. Different plants have different watering needs, and the soil type can also be a factor in watering a garden.

You also want to get the right tools for watering your garden. A hose and a watering can should be enough to care for your garden. You could also consider tools like the Hydroshot Portable Power Cleaner. This tool can be great for a range of outdoor cleaning tasks, but it is also good for watering a garden. It can draw from any freshwater source and it comes with a watering lance that provides the perfect pressure when caring for your garden.

These basic garden tips can help you build the healthy and thriving outdoor space of your dreams. With a bit of knowhow and trial and error, you’ll move on from these gardening tips for beginners and grow an impressive harvest.

 

If you’re wondering how to start a garden, tools from WORX can help you get the job done easily!

6 Ways to Remodel Your Kitchen on a Tight Budget

Kitchen remodels are among the most popular home improvement projects. A good kitchen remodel not only makes day-to-day life easier and more enjoyable, it can also add value to the home. That said, kitchen renovation costs can be high.

The average price of kitchen remodel is close to $20,000, and depending on the project, it can run as much as $50,000 to remodel a kitchen. Confronted with these costs, many homeowners start looking for ways to do a cheap kitchen remodel.

With tools like the Switchdriver 2-in-1 Cordless Drill & Driver, it is possible to do some of the work yourself and successfully remodel a kitchen on a tight budget. You just need to plan ahead, make cost-effective decisions, and be willing to do some of the work yourself. To help you save on this project, we are going to show you some tips for how to renovate a kitchen on a budget.

How to Remodel a Kitchen on a Budget? Go Light

One of the best tips for how to remodel a kitchen on a budget is to go light. Consider what you are trying to achieve and decide whether you really need to gut the existing kitchen and rebuild it entirely from the floor up.

Take a look at your cabinets, for example. Do you really need to replace your kitchen cabinets, or can you get the desired result by refinishing them? With tools like the Sandeck 5-in-1 Multi-Sander and some basic finishing supplies, you could refinish your wood cabinets and save a lot of money on your kitchen remodel.

Plan Ahead to Keep Kitchen Renovation Costs Low

Once you have determined the scope of the project, you need to set a plan. Even with DIY kitchen renovations, you want to have a step-by-step checklist that covers everything from start to finish. With a plan in place, you can spend more time shopping for deals and finding the right materials.

Furthermore, a plan gives you a chance to get most of the supplies ahead of time to ensure that they are there are ready when they are needed. Not having the supplies on hand can balloon your kitchen renovation costs if you have contractors waiting to do work or if you have to go with a more expensive option just to get the job completed on time.

Find Bargains When Remodeling the Kitchen on a Tight Budget

If you are trying to do a cheap kitchen remodel, you need to look for the best deals on supplies. Looking for sales at your local home improvement store is one way to save money, but you have some other options when figuring out how to renovate your kitchen.

If you are putting down new floors, you should look for flooring wholesalers to see if you can get a better price. When replacing appliances, you could consider used appliances that are still under warranty. There are also websites and sellers who specialize in selling overstock from suppliers and contractors. If you plan ahead as we mentioned in the previous step, you will have time to hunt for these deals and stick to your cheap kitchen remodel goals.

Keep the Existing Footprint

Stick with the existing footprint of the kitchen if it still meets your needs. When you keep the overall layout of the kitchen the same, you can significantly cut the cost of a kitchen remodel. This will not only reduce expenses by allowing you to reuse more of the existing kitchen, but it will also cut out some of the work that goes into laying out a new kitchen floor plan.

One of the highest kitchen renovation costs is the work that goes into moving things like refrigerators, dishwashers, and sinks. If you can keep these items in the same place, you won’t have to spend your budget moving things like drains, water lines, and electrical wiring.

Do the Work Yourself for a Cheap Kitchen Remodel

Some elements of a kitchen remodel might be beyond your abilities, but you can save a lot with DIY kitchen renovations. Hire a contractor for the work that requires the skills of a professional, but do things like painting and changing light fixtures on your own.

Another example is the kitchen floor. If you choose to regrout your tile floor instead of replacing it, ensure you’re following how to remodel a kitchen on a budget by doing it yourself. With a 20V Cordless Oscillating Multi-Tool, you can even take some of the time and effort out of tasks like removing the old grout.

Be Smart About Tool Purchases to Manage Kitchen Renovation Costs

A kitchen remodel will require a wide range of tools. It might be worth it to buy some new tools to complete the project, but you need to be smart about your tool purchases.

Buying something like a new circular saw is a good investment because you are likely to find many uses for the tool in the future. However, tools like a compound miter saw or a paint sprayer might be a little too expensive if you are only going to use them on this project.

Instead of buying the tools that you may only use once, look into rentals. Today’s home improvement stores offer rentals for a wide array of tools, so if you don’t see yourself using a specific tool after your kitchen remodel is done, rent it. This is one of the best ways to remodel a kitchen on a tight budget. Beyond that, you may want to ask some of your friends if they have any of the tools you need. Borrowing the tools at no cost is another great way to save money on your kitchen remodel.

A cheap kitchen remodel may sound like a myth, but it can be done. As long as you shop smart, plan ahead, and work to complete some DIY kitchen renovations, you can easily remodel a kitchen on a tight budget.

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Easily Organize Your Tool Box with These Tips

With tools like an extended reach electric screwdriver and a circular saw, you can do a variety of DIY projects. Having a wide selection of tools is great, but it can lead to organization problems. You take your tool box out only to find that it doesn’t have all of the items you need or maybe go looking for a tool and have a hard time finding it.

If this sounds familiar, you need to start working on some tool box organization ideas. With the right DIY tool box organization ideas, you will be able to find your tools with fewer problems and you will also be able to work more efficiently.

In this post, we are going to provide some tips to show you how to organize a tool chest. These tool box organization tips include making an inventory, sorting your tools, deciding whether something is worth keeping, and looking to alternative storage solutions.

Make an Inventory for Your DIY Tool Box

When it comes to the best way to organize a tool box, it largely depends on the types of tools you have. Get all of your tools and make a list of what you have. This not only includes all of your hand tools, but also any power tools such as a cordless jigsaw or your electric hand sander. Once you know what you have, you can start working on organizing your tool box.

Sort Your Tools With These Tool Box Organizing Tips

One of the most important tool box organization tips is to sort your tools out by what they are used for. Start by separating your basic DIY toolkit and then move on to sorting tools that are for more specialized purposes. In your basic DIY toolkit, you are going to have things like your hammer, a few screwdrivers, pliers, an adjustable wrench, a level, and a tape measure.

With the basics set aside, you can start working on tools that go together for different types of DIY work. As an example, if you have a set of electrical tools, you are going to want to put all of them together. If you have power tools like a 20V cordless drill, you are also going to need to sort those with their compatible accessories.

Is It Worth Keeping?

Now that you have your tools sorted, you might notice that there are some that are in bad shape or some that have doubles. You might be able to restore tools that are just old and rusty, but if they are damaged beyond repair, you might as well get rid of the tool. If you have some doubles that are in good shape, you could consider selling them at a yard sale or just give them to a friend or family member in need of some good tools for their own DIY tool box. This is a space-saving tool box organization idea, and also a great way to hand off old tools.

This is another area where you should take stock of what goes with your power tools. Maybe your oscillating multi-tool is working well, but some of the oscillating tool accessories are old are damaged. Inspect all of your power tool accessories and decide what needs to be kept and what can be thrown away or replaced.

Garage Storage Solutions

Now that you have your tools sorted and you know what you are keeping and what you are not, you can start working on storing your tools. Your basic DIY toolkit is going to go in a tool box, but you need storage solutions for everything that does not go with that kit. At this stage, you might want to consider adding plans for garage shelving to your DIY to-do list.

Another one of the best tool box organization tips is to have multiple tool boxes. You can have the one for your basic DIY kit and add others to hold different sets of tools. You could have a tool box for working on your plumbing, one for electrical work, and one for woodworking tools. This will keep your tools organized by what they are for, so you can easily grab the different tool boxes as you need them.

As a final DIY tool box organization tip, don’t overload your tool boxes. If it is too small to fit everything you need or it seems like it cannot bear the weight, buy a larger tool box or one that is equipped to handle the tools you need it to hold.

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6 Pro Contractor Hacks for DIY Home Repair to Save You Time and Money

Most homeowners will try to do some of their own DIY home repair work. It’s a good way to save money, and it means you don’t always have to rely on professionals when you need some work done around the house.

Expert home improvement work relies on having tools like a cordless circular saw and your own drill, but you also need to know some DIY tips and tricks. With the right home improvement tips, you can do more of the work yourself and get better results in less time.

In this post, we are going to look at some of the home improvement secrets of professional contractors. With these DIY home hacks, you will be able to do more of your own DIY work, avoid problems with your home improvement projects and save money. These home improvement secrets include replacing old plaster walls with sheetrock, managing your trees, installing central air, ensuring you have proper drainage, replacing your own lights, and performing routine home inspections.

Home Improvement Tips Include Replacing Old Plaster Walls with Sheetrock

There is no denying that plaster walls can offer an attractive finish. That said, they don’t age well and can be expensive to fix. If you have old plaster walls that are starting to crack, you should consider replacing them with drywall. It will be time-consuming and labor-intensive, but the walls will be easier to maintain and repair in the future.

With a 20V Cordless Oscillating Tool, you can make some of the work easier. Using the right attachments, your tool can play a role in removing the old plaster and cutting holes in the sheetrock. It can also be used for some of the sanding work before you paint, making it one of the best expert home improvement tools.

Keep Up with Home Repair Tips and Tricks By Managing Your Trees

Having some big trees in your yard can be nice, but it is important to keep an eye on them. Always consider the potential they have to cause damage to the home. One of the biggest problems can be the root structure of a tree. Roots can grow out much further than you may realize, and in doing so, could damage sewer lines, underground utilities, and even the foundation of your home.

Watching out for dead branches is another one of the more important home repair tips and tricks. If one of these branches comes down during a storm, it could break a window or damage siding. Inspect your trees for dead branches and look for any branches that are too close to the home.

With the 20V 10” Cordless Pole/Chainsaw, you can remove these problem branches without having to climb a ladder. The pole has a 12’ reach so you can cut high branches while staying safe on the ground, and the chainsaw has tool-free chain tightening and an automatic chain lubrication system.

Installing Central Air Conditioning

It might seem like a complicated job, but installing central air conditioning is something a skilled DIYer can do on his or her own. You will need to determine things like the correct size of the unit and where to place your vents, but this expert home improvement job is something that can be done if you are willing to spend the time doing it.

If you already have a forced air heating system that has room to add the air conditioner, this job will be much simpler than you may think. Installing the compressor is probably the hardest part of the job, but if you are confident in your ability to work with electricity, you can use a cordless drill to run your lines inside and do the work yourself.

Installing Proper Drainage is a Top Home Improvement Secret

When it comes to preventing problems, one of the best home improvement tips is to make sure your property has adequate drainage. If water is draining away from the home, you’re in good shape. If not, you’ll need to take some steps to address the drainage issues on your property.

One way to fix this problem is to grade the property so the land slopes away from the house. When the ground has the proper grade, water will naturally flow away from the home. If you have drainage problems in certain areas, you could build a French drain to direct the water away from the problem areas. This is one of the most important home improvement tips to ensure your home doesn’t get damaged.

Replacing Your Own Lights is an Easy DIY Home Hack

Another one of the home improvement secrets is that it does not take a professional to replace most light fixtures. This is a job that can be done quickly and easily, and it you can save a lot of money when you do it yourself.

Unless the new fixture is much heavier than the original, the new fixture can fit safely to the original box. You can even remove a flush-mount light fixture and replace it with a recessed light without having to spend a lot of time or effort to get the job done. This is one of our favorite home improvement tips that can add value to your home.

Routine Home Inspections

The final DIY home repair tip is to regularly inspect your home. Every professional contractor knows that the best way to avoid expensive repairs is to identify issues early and get the work done as soon as possible. It will be much easier for you to do your own repair work when you catch minor issues before they become major problems.

For this DIY home hack, you need to build a home inspection checklist and take the time to do your own inspection once every few months. Beyond that, you may want to have the occasional professional inspection to catch anything that you might miss on your routine inspections.

The secret to expert home improvement is understanding your level of experience. While some of these jobs will require you to have more skills than the average DIYer, many of these projects can be done either partially or entirely on your own. These DIY home hacks will help you save money and get work done faster!

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The Do's and Don'ts of Using a Chainsaw

A chainsaw can be one of the most useful yard tools you own. It can make jobs like chopping wood or cutting tree branches much easier. While a tool like the WORX 18” Electric Chainsaw can be a real workhorse for a range of wood cutting tasks, you do need to learn about chainsaw safety and some of the tips for using a chainsaw.

In this post, we are going to cover some chainsaw tips and show you some of the do’s and don’ts of using a chainsaw safely. These chainsaw safety tips include keeping your blades sharp, not cutting on the ground, safely and properly refueling your chainsaw, and maintaining the correct chain tension.

Do Keep Your Blades Sharp to Maintain Chainsaw Safety

Sharp blades will cut more effectively than ones that are dull. Even if your chainsaw can still make it through a piece of wood, the dull blades force you to use more pressure when cutting, and this can wear out some of the components. Furthermore, dull blades increase the risk of the saw bucking, so sharpening your chainsaw blades is one of the top chainsaw safety tips.

Don’t Cut on the Ground When Using a Chainsaw

Cutting on or near the ground puts you at risk for sinking the bar into the dirt. When learning how to use a chainsaw safely, one of the first things you should do is make sure to make your cuts off the ground. Dirt can dull the blades and damage the chain, which you want to avoid at all costs.

If cutting on or near the ground is something you need to do frequently, you might want to consider the 20V JawSaw Cordless Chainsaw. It has a much safer design than your standard chainsaw, and the jaws allow you to cut near the ground without having to worry about hitting dirt with the blade.

Do Refuel Your Chainsaw Safely

If you have an electric chainsaw like the 14.5 Amp Electric 16” Chainsaw, you won’t have to worry about fuel-related issues. However, if you have a gas chainsaw, you are going to have to learn how to mix your chainsaw fuel and how to refuel safely.

One tip for how to safely use a chainsaw is to never refuel when the chainsaw is still hot. The heat from the engine could ignite the fuel. Instead of taking the risk, let the chainsaw cool down for 10-15 minutes before adding fuel.

Don’t Use Motor Oil When Learning How to Use a Chainsaw

The bar and chain both need to be lubricated for a chainsaw to operate properly. Some people might think that any lubricant they have on hand will do, but you should think twice before putting something like motor oil in the chain lubricant reservoir. When it comes to using a chainsaw safely, try to avoid using anything other than chainsaw lubricant.

Chainsaw lubricant is meant to coat the chain and prevent friction between the bar and the chain. While motor oil would be better than nothing, it is not designed for this purpose, and it will not perform as well as the type of lubricant recommended in the owner’s manual that came with the chainsaw.

Do Maintain Proper Chain Tension

Proper chain tension is one of the most important parts of using a chainsaw safely. A loose chain could come off the bar while the machine is running, while a chain that’s too tight could damage components of the tool. To prevent injury and maintain the life of your chainsaw, you should always check the chain tension before turning the machine on.

With the WORX 8 Amp Electric 14” Chainsaw, maintaining the correct tension is easy. It has a tool-free tensioning system that makes it easy to tighten the chain and an auto-tension chain system that prevents over-tightening. With a tool like this, using a chainsaw safely is easy.

Don’t Run With Old Gas: One of the Top Chainsaw Safety Tips

One of the issues with gas-powered chainsaws is that they require more maintenance. When you put the tool away for winter, you are going to need to empty the gas tank and run the carburetor dry. Most manufacturers recommend removing old gas before storing a chainsaw. Additionally, emptying the fuel is a smart step to prevent corrosion, allowing you to keep using your chainsaw safely.

These chainsaw safety tips are an essential part of getting work done successfully. When you’re first learning how to use a chainsaw, keep these chainsaw tips in mind to make sure you’re operating the machinery correctly.

 

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