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Get Hammered: Tips to Creating the Perfect Handyman’s Garage

If you love to build things or work on home improvement projects in your spare time, then a handyman’s garage would be perfect for you.

The garage is one of the few rooms in your house that you can call your own. Whether you’re married or single, a lot of rooms in your house should be female friendly for your wife or for female guests.

The garage isn’t one of those rooms. This is your sanctuary away from women. You don’t have to impress anyone or accommodate anyone but yourself. So, have fun creating your perfect workshop and make it your own – a place you can be proud of.

Comfort and Convenience

The number one thing you must have for your garage is a work bench, but this kind of goes without saying. You’ll also need a place to sit, so you’ll need a stool. Depending on the types of power tools and equipment you’ll have in your garage, you may want more than one stool and possible at different heights. The other must for comfort and convenience is good lighting. Make sure all areas of your workshop are well lit.

Storage and Organization

Organization is the key to any successful workshop. You’ll want to make sure that everything is accessible to you. You’ll definitely need lots of shelving. You may want to invest in some plastic bins to keep some of your tools and materials in so they’re easy to locate. Pegboards are also great for a workshop. You can hang a lot of tools that you use regularly like hammers, screwdrivers, or pliers. Bungee cords may be good for some materials such as long pieces of lumber or molding strips.

For screws and nails, you can get a couple of plastic organizers with small drawers or you can go a more inexpensive route that may also make your screws and nails more accessible to you. You’ll need a narrow wood board and some glass jars. Small jars such as baby food jars work best for most nails and screws. Drill a hole through the board and the jar lid and fasten the two together with a nut and bolt (or screws). After you do this for each jar, hang your board in an accessible area. Put your screws and nails into each jar then screw the jar into the lid. This is a great way to be able to see what’s in each container and your supplies are easy to get to.

Small Tools and Supplies

Sure, you know you’ll need to have your basic tools such as hammers, wrenches, pliers, screwdrivers, adjustable wrench, sockets, screws, nails, nuts, and bolts; but don’t forget that you’ll need knives, razor knives, and putty knives. However, there are other essential tools that are sometimes overlooked. You’ll need a few pencils and chalk line for marking things and you’ll also need painting supplies if you paint any of your projects. You’ll also need your adhesives for different projects such as epoxy, duct tape, electrical tape, masking tape, and thread tape. Don’t forget your spackle, caulk, and caulking gun. Also, it’s a good idea to have a can of oil such as WD40 on hand in case you have anything that’s stuck or needs a little lubrication.

Medium Tools

Other tools you may need include a soldering kit, a stud finder, a miter box, saw horses and clamps, hand saws of assorted types and sizes, a nail guns, and a hot glue gun. It’s also important that you have an assortment of rulers, yardsticks, and tape measures. I would recommend more than one of each so you can put them in various places in your workshop. This was no matter where you are, you’ll have one within reach. Also keep a couple of flashlights on hand. The flexible handled flashlights are great. You might also find that magnets come in handy for picking up dropped screws and nails. Check out your hardware store for different products designed for this purpose.

Power Tools

Of course you know what kind of power tools you want or need, so there’s no point in talking about the different drills, saws, and sanders that are out there. What is important is that your equipment is put in a logical place for convenience and accessibility. Make sure you also have common tools or supplies that you may use placed near the power tools.

Safety Equipment

Sometimes the basic safety equipment is overlooked. First and foremost, make sure you have a complete first aid kit in your workshop. I’m sure you already know the importance of safety goggles. Make sure you have at least two on hand in case the strap on one breaks. Personally, I think it’s a good idea to have one in every area of your workshop such as your work bench and at each of your power tools where it’s necessary. Though you may not use them all the time, keep at least one pair of work glove on hand (excuse the pun). Also, if you use your power tools a lot, it’s a good idea to have some ear plugs.

Cleaning Products

As for cleaning products, you’ll need plenty of shop rage for various messes, spills, and just general use. You’ll also need a good shop vacuum so you can keep your area clean and safe. If it’s possible, it would be ideal to have a sink in your workshop for cleaning up from painting and for other basic purposes.

Miscellaneous Items

If you spend extended periods of time in your shop, you’ll definitely want a radio for times when it’s too quiet in your shop. If you have any reference or “how to” books, find a place where they won’t get ruined but are also easy to access when you need them.

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