To my amazing dad, my and Terry's dedicated grandfathers and my loving uncles - thank you for serving.
To Terry's hilarious and strong brother - thank you for continuing to serve. And to his beautiful wife - thank you for loving and supporting him.
Now that we're back in the city, the temps have plummeted down to the 30s and I'm starting to remember why everyone complains about the winter. Thankfully, the sun is still out so I'm going to work on a few projects around the house and then take Rooney out to play for awhile.
But first, I thought I would keep going on the tour of my DIY workspace. If you missed Part 1, you can read it here. If you remember, I'm basically working with a small indoor space and zero outdoor space so I have to get creative about the tools I use and how much I spread out when I'm working on a project.
I also have to think about how loud I am and whether or not my neighbors are being inconvenienced. I often opt for a smaller tool or one that requires less power.
For bigger projects or when I need to do more than just light sanding, I'll use my Black and Decker Mouse. It's great because it's relatively quiet (your neighbors will hear it, but it won't make them hate you) and it has a small pointed top that lets you get into crevices and sand smaller pieces.
Level. I use a small level that has a ruler on the side of it. Mine is only a foot long, but I rarely need anything larger. Having the ruler on the side is super helpful too.
Stud sensor. I don't use this as often, but whenever I have to hang something up on the walls, I try to find the stud in the wall and utilize it. If I'm hanging something heavy, this is a must. Sometimes I measure the studs first and then custom build my piece just to be sure it hangs from a stud.
Measuring tape. This is a no-brainer. I use this on an almost daily basis. For my small space, I only need one that is 16ft long and I rarely use the whole length anyway.
Clamps. There are a ton of clamps out there and you can get one for relatively cheap. I opted to spend a little more and get these Irwin quick grip clamps. They are so easy to use and only require one hand to tighten. I have 4 of them right now, in two different sizes.
For now though, I'm off to get materials to build a headboard. Our bedroom is looking super bland... like, college dorm room bland. A headboard will be an easy fix. Hope everyone has a great day!
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