The DIY Homeowner - Cutting Tools November 15 , 2016

Every homeowner knows how it is to have a screeching door, a broken pipe or some other item around the house that doesn't work properly anymore. Knowing how to fix things yourself not only empowers you but saves you money also. Having the right hand tools around the house is the first step to becoming a do-it-yourselfer.


The important tools you should have around the house for basic improvements and repairs, one category is that of cutting tools.

The scissors is a first tool anyone should have, a utility knife is another cutting tool for your toolbox. A utility knife has a retractable blade that can be adjusted with a simple lever. Since the blades are disposable, you can change them easily when the blade gets dull or broken, without having to buy another utility knife. When not in use, keep the blade retracted for safety.


There are situations where you may need to cut some wires. Having a bolt cutter around keeps you away from the effort of cutting those with a pinch.


A saw will be necessary if ever you need to cut wood. There are two types of saws, those that cut on the push, like most American saws, and those that cut on the pull, like the Japanese saw. Whichever you prefer, be careful not to use pressure on both the push and pull movements, but only on the direction in which the saw cuts. After a while of using it, the blade will probably get dull. Before you buy it, you should know that there are models that can be re-sharpened and those whose blade can be replaced. Also there are models which are double-edged, each edge being appropriate for either cutting wood with the grain or across the grain. Always look for a stable, strong surface to cut on.


Since they are sharp, after getting the right forge cutting tools remember to use them with care.

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