The best way to ensure professional level results for any project involving your home is to hire a competent professional to do the job. This is my default advice, as it is of most home inspectors. Of course, I know hiring a pro will not always be the path taken. So from time to time this blog will contain advice and resources for DIY projects.
Today's topic: tools.
While there is truth in the old adage that it is the poor carpenter who blames his tools, skilled craftsmen know the importance of having the right tool for the job. This is especially true in today's world where many modern building materials require specialty tools to get the best results. Tackling a project without the right tools can lead to frustration with the process and disappointing results. In some cases, it can even be unsafe.
Yet investing in top quality equipment for a one time or occasional use can be cost prohibitive. Even renting can get expensive. That's where tool libraries can come to the rescue. Here in Seattle we are lucky to have two tool libraries. On in NE Seattle, the other in West Seattle. Both offer broad inventories of tools for a variety of projects. Both are free to use, however they do request a donation to help sustain their operations; I would encourage you to make one.
The next time you are taking on a project around the house yourself, check them out.