The Basic Tools You’ll Need to Do Almost Every Home Improvement Project, Part 2

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Sometimes home improvement projects can be big undertakings, and sometimes you may find yourself in over your head. However, when you don’t have the right tools to do the job, the job only becomes that much more frustrating.

Wagner Equipment, Co helps individuals and business owners in Colorado, New Mexico, and west Texas by supplying the best CAT equipment. Our mission is to help you finish your jobs and your DIY home improvement projects without losing your mind, and we believe by supplying the best CAT equipment rentals along with the best parts and repair service, that we can help alleviate any headaches you may be experiencing. Below, we’ll continue our look at some basic tools you’ll need in order to complete almost any home improvement project that you decide to undertake. Visit us online, or call us today for new and used CAT equipment availability!

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Utility Knife

The name truly says it all here: utility. A utility knife has a concealable, sharp blade that you’ll be able to cut anything that might need cutting, from rope to tape. It is safe since it slides out only when you need it, and slides back in when you are finished. Similar to a hammer, all of these are basically the same, so look for one that has a comfortable grip that you can hold easily. The danger with these knives is that they do slip while you are cutting, and you then end up cutting your hand, which can hurt and require stitches, depending on how deeply the blade penetrates. These guys are great to have when installing carpet, removing wallpaper, or even just opening up boxes.


Pliers are great to have handy for fine-task work and electrical work. They are also great at cutting wire or bending and stripping wire. There are many different types of pliers, including needle-nose pliers that are characterized by a long, thin nose. You can use these to repair jewelry, remove objects out of drains, hold a nail in place while you are hammering, and use in needlework. In fact, pliers are a tool that has been around since the Bronze Age in Europe and was originally designed to hold objects into place. A pair of pliers was shown in a drawing of the Greek god Hephaestus in his forge.


If you are not using screws or nails to attach items with, then odds are you will be using a nut and a bolt. If you are an auto mechanic, then a wrench is what you will need to tighten and twist objects into place. An adjustable wrench can be adjusted to fit different sizes of nuts and bolts. Wrenches come in different sizes as well so you can reach out-of-the-way places. A wrench will be indispensable in many home improvement projects from a bathroom remodel where you have to install a toilet to repairing your kids’ bicycle or playset.

Skid Steer

Skid steers have so many uses that it’s hard to even begin. Skin steers are the perfect sized machine for your home improvement projects. For example, if you are constructing a building, a skid steer can dig and move dirt. If you are feeding livestock, a skid steer can carry those heavy bales of hay for you. If you are hauling firewood, a skid steer can help. If it snows, you can snow plow the driveway. You can even haul your trash out to the curb if need be. Trust us, not only do you need a skid steer in your life for everyday chores around your home, but they guys are downright fun to drive. You’ll find yourself using them just so you can drive them.

Wagner Equipment, Co offers skid steers for rental. As a big purchase, you want to be sure you like these guys before investing in one. Thus, the next big project you have, we recommend coming down to our CAT equipment rental store and renting one. Take it home, try it out, and see how it works for your needs. But don’t say we didn’t warn you!



Wagner Equipment, Co serves Colorado, New Mexico, and west Texas with the best CAT equipment rentals for your home improvement and business needs. We understand that doing a job right entails having the right equipment. If you don’t have the right equipment, all you will get is frustrated and discouraged to take on more DIY projects.

Wagner Equipment, Co can help. We have over 200 field service technicians that can help you maintain and fix your equipment as well as offer advice and troubleshooting help. We also carry all of the parts needed for our CAT machines, so you can rest assured when something breaks, you won’t be down for long. We offer a wide array of both new and used CAT equipment rentals, and we are always more than ready to assist in any way. Our mission is to help you do your job easier, whether that’s installing a new driveway or bulldozing a home and building another one. Our stores are strategically located so that one is always close to where you are. We also offer online parts ordering, so if you know exactly what you want at 11 pm on a Saturday night, you can order. We have dozens of convenient parts drop boxes as well. Contact us today!