For keen and experienced DIY enthusiasts often the only thing that holds them back is a lack of professional equipment. Standard, easy to get hold of tools such as saws, power drills & hammers are great for basic DIY tasks but if you want to take your DIY endeavours to the next level you need proper equipment. However splurging on the equipment that actual tradesmen use will see you out of pocket and left with a load of equipment that you don’t use that often that taking up a lot of space. So, what can you do? You want to attempt harder DIY tasks and you need the tools but you don’t want to spend excessive amounts of money on them. There is a solution; hiring the equipment you need.
Hiring equipment is the most sensible approach as it means you don’t have to buy expensive equipment and tools outright. Instead you pay only for the time that you are using it and you don’t need to worry about maintenance and repair costs. Moreover hiring advanced tools can significantly speed up the time it takes to carry out basic tasks. To illustrate what kinds of equipment DIYers might hire, as opposed to buy, here are two examples;
Removing Tiles from Bathroom or Kitchen
Usually retiling would involve the lengthy process of removing wall tiles by hand having chipped off grouting and sealant, then repeating this process for the floor. This would require a hammer & chisel and a flat crowbar – tools that almost every home has and that frequent DIYers will certainly have. It’s not necessarily a task that DIYers can’t handle but it’s one they shy away from due to the time it takes. Each individual tile has to be chipped off, which is a time consuming and laborious process, especially if you are doing the entire bathroom or kitchen. To speed up the process you need to hire between one and three items depending on the scale of the job and whether or not you are doing the wall and/or the floor. If removing the wall tiles then you will require a chipping hammer or SDS drill with breaker attachment. This will cut the time it takes to remove wall tiles massively. It is noisier and messier but much, much faster meaning you can move onto retiling a lot sooner. Both are widely available from hire shops in store and online. Shop around to find the best deals for the amount of time that you need it, which in most cases will be just one day.
If you are removing floor tiles you will again require an SDS drill or similar breaking tool but this time with a floor tile scraper attachment. All good hire shops supply a range of brill bits and attachments, including floor tile scrapers. If you are removing tiles from both the wall and the floor the best approach is to hire a powerful SDS drill with a floor tile scraper attachment and a smaller breaker attachment. This will allow you to remove all of the tiles quickly at a good hire price.
Small Construction Projects
Ask any big DIYer what their dream project is and the chances are that they will say completing a small construction project. The thing that holds most experienced DIYers back when it comes to more advanced projects is, again, the equipment they have at their disposal. As projects get more ambitious the amount of equipment you need increases massively. In the case of a construction project, such as building your own small extension or even a barbecue area, there are a number of things that can be hired to make them realists DIY tasks. Slab lifters, brick carts, brick cutters & concrete mixers are all easy to get hold of from local tool hire shops, along with other construction tools, making your project a reality.
Almost any piece of equipment or tool used by tradesmen can be hired from any good tool hire company and the internet now means that locating and reserving your equipment is easier than ever. What it really comes down to is your ability and knowledge, sadly this is about the only thing that ant be hired. If you don’t have the necessary skills, it’s more than likely that your project will fail but at least you will have the proper equipment!