Female Do-It-Yourselfers!

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I’m no licensed plumber or electrician but I pride myself on the fact that I am able to accomplish a lot of the work on my remodels myself. Yes, women can be involved in the labor on a home too!! At the beginning I worked with very low budgets but my high expectations forced me to learn to accomplish things on my own in order to get the custom look I envisioned. “Champagne taste on a beer budget”, as they say. My husband, who is a licensed plumber & excellent carpenter, and I have been a team while working on our own homes for the last 8 years, which helped to improve my confidence in my real estate and design career. I can walk through a home with a buyer and confidently talk about renovations and how to accomplish them. My Kitchen and Bath Design education is very important but having a designer or realtor who has personally experienced doing the work is just as important!

Some tools are easier than others to work with; paint brushes, paint sprayers, wet tile saws…….all easy to learn but I have always struggled with the big, heavy cordless drills. On my recent home remodel I was removing ALL of the kitchen cabinet doors and hinges to be prepared for paint. I thought my arms were going to fall off from holding the heavy drill IMG_6826above my head for that long period of time to remove the over head cabinets. Good work out, but frustrating when you are trying to get a job done! Same thing when installing custom blinds and curtains, major shoulder work out! Sooooo for my 30th birthday this year my husband got me 2 lightweight, cordless drills. They are small and easy to handle, exactly what I needed!

This small little guy is a Makita impact driver which has a significant increase in torque and better control than the average drill. Pros: Less likely to strip the screw head, can drive very long screws with little effort, this drill does all the work!

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The other is a Makita traditional cordless screwdriver. This one doesn’t have as much torque but is still a necessary tool when working on more fragile items such as fancy brassIMG_6840 hardware. This one works fine for my husband but the other drill would cut back on how hard he has to work to drive screws; less work equals less fatigue.

I look forward to having more and more opportunities in the future to expand my renovation skills and share that with you. Give yourself a pat on the back if you aren’t afraid to get your hands dirty!

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