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Power tools are wonderful, but nothing will discourage one's journey into DIY more than getting bad tool advice, buying the wrong tool, or not being adept enough to use one effectively.
It's a good idea to ease into using power tools because there's a definitely learning curve.
For the budding DIY tool addict here are the first five (in order) I'd recommend getting your hands on:
- Cordless drill/driver
- Orbital palm sander
- Jig saw
- Rotary tool
- Miter saw
Dean Sharp - Host of HOME with Dean Sharp the House Whisperer
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The House Whisperer
Dean Sharp was born and raised in Southern California and began employing his artistic creativity and passion for architecture as a carpenter in Bel Air; then as a Project Manager in Beverly Hills; and ultimately as a Design Director in exclusive Los Angeles neighborhoods from the Hollywood Hills to Malibu ... luxury homes where creativity is valued above all and craftsmanship is allowed to find it fullest expression.
In the early 90s he also managed a successful design/build contracting company which unfortunately was forced to close due to financial hardship amidst a difficult divorce. It was a harrowing time, but it inspired Dean to take on a new creative challenge—applying high-end design principles to mainstream homes in ways that everyday folks could afford. Or as he likes to say, “creativity over cost.” For the uniquely gifted home designer with a craftsman's hands and a philosopher's heart, it was a perfect fit.
Dean has "whispered” houses all across the country but spends most of his time happily at play in Southern California with his soul-mate, Tina, in a little house and a big life full of friends, food, dogs, chickens, bees, and a whole lotta love. For Dean, success means kindness, honesty, childlike wonder and an insatiable curiosity. Each week on HOME his warm and witty disposition instills confidence while his creativity inspires you to "Build yourself a beautiful life!"
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