Basic Demo Tools Needed to Start Your Projects Inside or Outside

The demo tools are out because we’re in full force demolition mode here at the Nest. Although what’s happening right now could more accurately be described as “hell week”. The hubs wasn’t a fraternity guy, but I think my efforts to get this beast of a DIY project going could amount to hazing. And I’ve got to think being hazed by your own wife has to be the worst kind of hazing.

And although this has been kind of an outlier, typically demolition is really one of the more fun parts of any renovation project. Fun as long as you have the right demo tools, that is. Today, we’ll share our progress on the basement renovation, and the top ten tools always use during any renovation project.But first, a reminder about where we left off with the basement from hell last time we checked in. I think it’s even WORSE now.

First off, we need a couple of WELL DUH items. These are the tools/supplies that we shouldn’t even need to mention. And if you’re NOT into using these, then hope that OSHA doesn’t stop in at any of your DIY project sites.

This item is only utilized AFTER you demolition project. We would NEVER recommend drinking and DIY’ing simultaneously. (And I’ll be headed straight to confession after this post. And I’m not even Catholic).

But in all seriousness, be reasonable, people. Don’t drink and use power tools/climb ladders/operate heavy machinery/re-enact that scene from the Three Stooges with a couple of 2x4s, etc

*A wrecking bar and crowbar are similar. A wrecking bar is just larger. But both are needed for different aspects of your demo project. Don’t talk yourself into being frugal and only springing for one. Trust us, you’ll want both nearby.

*Sledge hammer = tool that when in use, will allow one to feel like a superhero/get even with that ex-boyfriend who broke your heart in 1998, etc. It’s like anger management therapy without a co-payment.

*Sawzall. This power tool is invaluable in almost ANY demolition project. It will help you cut through framing, nails, screws, piping… just about anything that stands in your way.

*Voltage Tester. If you are going to take on a project where you are going to need to demo some electrical, this is a great tool to have. Once you turn off the circuit breakers that you “think” power any wires you are need to cut, use this tool to make sure. Simply touch it to the wire and if it beeps, then you know electricity is still running through the wire. In which case, you gotta head back to that panel and turn off a different breaker. This is one part of demo that you DO NOT want to mess with or mess up.

*Multi-Max oscillating tool. I was introduced to this tool late in my renovation life, but now I can’t live without it..this tool is great if you need to do some surgical-style, selective, or “micro” demolition. Once you have this tool you will find 1000 uses for it, trust us. We’ve used it to cut through the caulking when trying to remove moulding, trimming the bottom of door casings, taking out a small section of drywall without making a huge mess, cutting plastic piping in tight spaces, etc.

*Contractor bags. Not your standard trash bag. These things will hold 40+ pounds of smashed up tile floor and not tear at all. You can never have too many of these bags and they are a life saver when it comes time to clean up the mess you just made.

*Extendable work poles and painters plastic. Working on a big renovation, especially while you are actually LIVING in the house can get VERY dusty and messy. We use these telescoping work poles together with the painters plastic to make temporary plastic barrier walls to shield the rest of the house from the dust. And it works GREAT. Trust me when I tell you this little system can save your sanity when the demo or the sheetrocking is happening. The dust these projects can create is CRAZY, so save those marbles and put up some plastic boundaries.