Kyphor Special: Choose the right tools for the job

With winter comes the chance to do DIY jobs you’ve been putting off. That said, the right tools make all the difference between nightmare DIY and home improvement fun. More specifically, power tools. Get the right ones and you’ll save a lot of time and energy.

To start off, every home should have a cordless drill, as it means hanging pictures, screwing together furniture and drilling holes become a doddle. Ryobi 8V ONE+ Hammer Drill ($144, amazon.com) features a 24-position clutch and variable 2-speed transmission for precision and versatility and delivers up to 1,500 RPM and 19,500 BPM for powerful performance enabling you to accurately drive screws and hammer holes into walls.

A stud detector such as the Stanley Intelli Tool (11.95, stanleytools.com) is also a must to find any wooden beams behind plasterboard.

Being able to sand wood is essential if you want to keep your home looking good over the long-term. The Bosch PSM 220 AE Multi-Sander ($99, bosch-do-it.com) can help you with all sorts of sanding projects, from renewing doors to upcycling old tables. Or build new furniture using the sliding mitre saw beast that is the Bosch PCM 8 SD ($411, bosch-do-it.com).

Finally, ready to tidy those loose cables that keep tripping you up? Do so with the Makita 18V Stapler 10mm LXT ($309, makita.com). It fi res staples into pretty much anything you point it at, and with 6,000 shots per charge you’ll have every cable perfectly placed in no time.

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