If you’re finally fed up with that old, difficult basement, you’re likely ready to remodel. A finished basement is a place that’s fit for your family, comfortable to be in and ensure your home functions without major issues. Plus, it will increase the overall value of your property.
If you’re planning on doing a basement remodel yourself, congratulations. This is an incredible project to tackle and it’s going to take some time, but you can handle it. Plus, you’re in good company. According to data from the U.S. Census Bureau and the Department of Housing and Urban Development, 37% of home remodels between 2010 and 2011 involved DIY projects. As time continues on, those numbers are projected to increase.
Doing these types of huge projects by yourself requires the right tools and materials. The right tool ensures that the job is done properly. If you’re the guy or gal who tries to hammer in nails with metal cans, you may want to hire a professional for this one. If you understand the value of the right tool for the job, please continue reading.
- Plumb Bob
- Framing Hammer
- Mitre Saw
- Nail Gun
- Chalk Line
- Wire Stripper/Cutter
- Shop Vac
- Shoring Equipment
Shoring equipment is used in both large and small scale construction projects. This equipment keeps the structure protected. More importantly, it keeps the structure from falling. This equipment could save your life.
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Shoring equipment can stand in for load-bearing walls or support columns when they need to be removed or replaced. It’s essential for your basement renovation, because it keeps structures from collapsing – long enough for your work to be completed. Please keep in mind, shoring equipment is never intended as a permanent support system.
Shoring equipment includes a variety of scaffolding and supports, many of which can be extended or retracted depending on your needs. Most of the equipment will be made of steel, to offer the most support to the structure in need.
In order to save money, it’s much less expensive to rent shoring equipment online than it is to buy it. A number of construction companies rent their equipment online, so hit the net and seek them out. By renting the equipment, you can do everything the job demands and you can return the items when you’re all finished.
It’s important to understand the necessity of safety. Keep workspaces clean, tools put away and unused items placed to the side and out of the walking path. Also, it matters to keep structures that can fall properly supported.
Whether you’ve got a one or two story house over your basement, you need to ensure the weight of the house is properly supported at all times. Having the house cave into your basement may end up being a problem you can’t fix, so don’t take the risk.
Again – we stress – shoring equipment is absolutely necessary. You’re going to need it if you’re planning any work on walls or you’re planning to replace support beams. Removing or rerouting staircases is also a reason to shore up an area.