Ultimate Tool + Project Pairing Guide

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Ready to tackle a new DIY project? We've paired popular home improvements with the tools you need to do the job faster, smarter, and better.

Refinish Wood Cabinets

You'll Need:

  • Dust respirator
  • Foam brushes
  • Wire-bristle brush
  • Sander

Editor's note: If your cabinet has molding, you may want to use a random orbital sander and a detailer/mouse sander.

Refinish Wood Flooring

You'll Need:

  • Pry bar
  • Drum sander
  • Vibrating sander
  • Edge sander
  • Dust respirator
  • Ventilating respirator

Install Decorative Trim or Molding

You'll Need:

  • Miter saw
  • Nail set
  • Miter box
  • Framing square
  • Caulking gun
  • Coping saw
  • Round file
  • Ladder

Install Paneling

You'll Need:

  • Saber saw
  • File
  • Circular saw
  • Chalk line

Install a Light Fixture

You'll Need:

  • Lineman's pliers
  • Combination stripper
  • Fish tape
  • Ladder

Watch our step-by-step guide to learn how to tile a backsplash.

Tile a Backsplash

You'll Need:

  • Notched trowel
  • Combination square
  • Tile cutter
  • Mixing blade
  • Tile-cutting bit
  • Grout float
  • Sponge
  • Foam brush

Remove a Wall

You'll Need:

  • Pry bar
  • Circular saw
  • Garden spade
  • 3-pound sledgehammer
  • Reciprocating saw

Install Drywall

You'll Need:

  • Sawhorses
  • Drywall
  • T-square
  • Drywall saw
  • Coarse rasp
  • Drywall router
  • Panel lifter
  • Compass

Fix any holes or dings in your walls with these tips for patching a hole in your drywall.

Repair Drywall

You'll Need:

  • Drywall taping knife
  • Mesh tape
  • Drywall saw

 

Watch and learn how to patch a hole in drywall.

Repair Plaster

You'll Need:

  • Chisel
  • Taping knife
  • Mesh tape
  • Spray bottle

Install Sheet Vinyl

You'll Need:

  • Pry bar
  • Flooring knife
  • Hand roller
  • Floor roller
  • Trowel

Give your floors a new look by installing laminate flooring. Learn how with these step-by-step instructions.

Install Wood or Laminate Flooring

You'll Need:

  • Pry bar
  • Hammer stapler
  • Chalk line
  • Flooring nailer
  • Miter saw
  • Saber saw
  • Compass

Lay Tile Floor

You'll Need:

  • Framing square
  • Chalk line
  • Backer-board cutter
  • Mortar mixing paddle
  • Tile saw or wet saw
  • Grout float
  • Notched trowel
  • Sponge

Learn tips for replacing a faucet in your home.

Replace a Faucet or Other Fixture

You'll Need:

  • Basin wrench
  • Plumber's tape
  • Plumber's putty

Install a Fence and Posts

You'll Need:

  • Mason's line
  • Line level
  • Framing square
  • Circular saw
  • Power auger
  • Post level
  • Wheelbarrow
  • Shovel

Build a Deck

You'll Need:

  • Circular saw
  • Power miter saw
  • Screw gun
  • Hammer drill
  • Laser level
  • Sledgehammer
  • Socket and ratchet
  • Sawhorse
  • Line level
  • Plumb bob

Repair Concrete

You'll Need:

  • Wire brush
  • Caulking gun
  • Hammer drill and bit
  • Trowel
  • Wood float
  • Mixing bin
  • Hoe

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