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posted 6/27/2011 5:13:07 PM |
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I've about got that project done, and it looks pretty decent so far. Most of it is as straight as can be expected, or better, and if and when I do manage to finish it, I think it will help the whole house some. Putting a doorway between two rooms may not sound like much, but it can be a challenge in these old places.

Here is a minimum tool list for anyone thinking of starting on something like it. Fortunately, I already have all of them and more. Except for the reciprocating saw. Once the heavy work was done, the quick change on it went to hell and I was doing more damage than good using it. Loved the saw, and wish they had had another one in stock so I could just replace it. They didn't, so I got my money back.

Anyway, the tools list:
circular saw
reciprocating saw
hammers, from 20 Oz. finish to as heavy as you can swing.
Jig or saber saw, and blades for cutting wood and nails, ditto for the reciprocating saw, get a demolition set.
Crow bars, or pry bars, at least two
one 2” or wider chisel, you may not need it for much, but it will come in handy at least once.
Miter saw for cutting boards to length
table saw for ripping wider boards down to the size you need
drill and bits, for drilling pilot holes and driving screws
a multi purpose finish nailer, one that drives 16 or 18 gauge brads, and staples
framing nailer for studs and any other framing or heavy nailing
air compressor, and don't skimp, the little 2 horse ones work for some things, but don't put out enough air for continuous use.
Air hose, and make sure you have enough to reach where you are working.
Extension cords, at least 12 gauge, not the little 14 or 16 gauge you use for a lamp
25 or 30 foot tape measure, wide. The narrow ones bend and you are constantly fighting trying to get a measurement across anything over 4 foot.

Harbor Freight Tools has a great selection, on line or in the stores, if you are fortunate enough to have one close by. Prices are good, and they do stand behind their tools. There are other places as well, but for probably 500 bucks you can get most of what is on this list, if you have nothing to begin with. There are other places you can get tools at a reasonable price, but so far, they have had the best price. One thing I would not suggest skimping on is saw blades. Get good ones to begin with. They cut cleaner, and don't jam as easy, saving the saw, and making less work. Might even save a finger if you get frustrated and try to put your finger too close to the blade.

Ok, what else? If you don't have the money for the tools, don't even consider stating on it as a DIY project. You will get started and find you need something, run out to get it, and by the time you finish getting what you need, no money left for the materials. If you can afford to have someone else do it, go that route. If not, then have lots and lots of patience, and be prepared for mid course changes. Nothing is going to go exactly as planned.

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Jun 27 @ 5:35PM  
I am glad that you got it done, Mike

Harbor Freight is cheap and if you watch, they have a lot sales. You can get some decent quality tools damned cheap if you pay attention and wait for the sales. But then again, they have everything but tools made in the US. However, sometimes a person needs a particular tool to do a job on one project, one time that doesn't justify the expense of buying a life time warranty US product.

Jun 27 @ 5:35PM  
Harbor Freight Tools has a great selection, on line or in the stores

I have one about 8 miles from here! It's a candy store for people who use tools a lot! I've spent hours there several times and occasionally, they'll email you about having 2 to 3 days sales going on and occasional in-store sales they have going on, if you're on their email list!

Not hard to spend bucks there if you don't watch it... like a grocery store, know what you want before going shopping. I bought a flux wire welder that is brand new (on sale- had to have it) in the box almost 2 years ago- haven't used it yet but, I've done brazing, acetylene and arc welding before so, if something weldable ever breaks, I'm ready for it!

Sounds like you're having fun working on your house.


Jun 27 @ 5:56PM  
Way to go man!!!
You will be tackling others jobs like that... soon I'm sure!
Getting the walls and all up...feels so good!!! But...My hardest part was getting it finished! I'm picky as fuck..and if I saw one little flaw in the Finished wall...I would redo it!!! Until I learned a little trick....that is!!!! I'll just say this.....a Paint roller can leave Hide boo-boo's.....just saying!

Jun 27 @ 10:40PM  
Way to go Mike you sound like you enjoyed it and I bet you got rid of a bunch of flustretion buring the demo stage!

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