When I first became a sole DIYer, I was comforted by the fact that my husband had left me with a fully equipped workshop right next to the room I’d be working on. So convenient. Then I tried to use his tools. Ugh. Hubby’s tools were old, heavy, and they all had cords. I tried to use them, I really did: I am a thrifty sort. The first cut I made into my InSoFast insulation panel nearly went through the electrical cord of the old jig saw. Eeks! Don’t do that.
Ditching Hubby’s tools was difficult for me. After all, they were Hubby’s! I still had a closet full of his clothes. Never-the-less, I turned on my computer and started shopping for new power tools without cords. A whole new world!
The first tool I bought was the Ryobi jigsaw. I chose Ryobi for its price, its light weight and, of course, its pretty green color. This would cut the insulation panels. The next tool I bought was the Ryobi power caulk gun. Did you know that caulk guns come with power? Cool! This tool would magically apply the adhesive to the back of the insulation panels in a breeze without putting any stress on my arthritic finger and thumb joints. Now I was in business. Best of all, Ryobi tools all use the same interchangeable battery and they have committed to never change it. In 20 years when your Ryobi tool is still working but you need a new battery, no problem! I was in love. Ryobi was for me.
My Workbench (So far)