Paige Hemmis, star of ABC's Extreme Makeover: Home Edition and author of The Tuff Chix Guide to Easy Home Improvement, talks about the best hand tools and accessories no one should be without.
1. Cordless Drill
Also called a screw gun
At the top of her list of the best hand tools and accessories, Paige says, "Drills are great because you can change the bits to do what you need quickly and easily. Although this is not a new invention, new attachments are always becoming available. Many new drill sets come complete with two power packs and an assortment of drill bits."
2. Tool belt
Paige explains, "A tool belt is a must. It holds everything you need for the day. I designed my Tuff Chix tool belt to hold everything I need without weighing me down, including essential tools like my multi-tool and my cell phone. This tool belt also looks great and passes as a stylish accessory. Who says girls can't be tough and cute?"
3. 6-in-1 Screwdriver
Also called a multi-tool
To explain why this is one of the best hand tools, Paige offers, "This multi-purpose tool is great. It's basically a screwdriver with six different sizes so you are always prepared. It works in a pinch on just about everything and it fits in your purse! They come in a variety of colors at your favorite home improvement store. I prefer the decorative version and for less than $5, it's a great gift for everyone you know."
4. Stud Finder
Paige says, "This is an essential tool, especially for anyone who wants to hang art or framed photos. I recommend one that is a level and a stud finder, a must for securing large or heavy hanging objects in your home. Since we women are always redecorating, this is a handy item to have around."
5. Portable Scaffold
In Paige's opinion, "Scaffolding that is lightweight, foldable and portable is great for making repairs to your home. It is affordable and doesn't take up much space. Scaffold will run about $100 but keep in mind that safety is a value at any price."
A self-taught carpenter, Paige was discovered after a winning appearance on Monster House and has gone on to host five seasons of Extreme Makeover: Home Edition. In addition to starring on the two-time Emmy-winning reality show, Paige is an official spokesperson for Habitat for Humanity, serving as a host committee member for Hollywood for Habitat For Humanity to involve the entertainment industry in the organization's efforts to provide housing to those in need.
Paige is also a successful businesswoman and entrepreneur. Drawing on her carpentry experience, she saw an unmet need for quality women's work products and launched Tuff Chix performance wear for women. The collection includes work boots, gloves, tool belts, and a series of "do-it-herself" books beginning with The Tuff Chix Guide to Easy Home Improvement.
The Tuff Chix Guide to Easy Home Improvement by Paige Hemmis
To explain the value of her book, The Tuff Chix Guide to Easy Home Improvement, Paige says, "I have put together the book I wish I had when I started out. It's filled with easy-to-follow instructions for making easy repairs around your home. I have also included estimated time and costs for each project if you do it yourself compared to hiring a professional. You can decide which way to go and be knowledgeable when it comes to costs. I am donating a portion of the profits from this book to my favorite charity, Habitat for Humanity. You can be empowered and feel good about it!"
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