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    20 Home Improvement Products From Amazon That’ll Do The Heavy Lifting For You

    Giving your home a makeover doesn't have to take all your blood, sweat, and tears.

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    1. A 20V DeWalt cordless drill compact enough to fit into tight areas and lightweight enough to be your go-to tool for whatever needs drilling.


    The two-speed functionality allows you to adjust the drill to the job you're doing and the ergonomic handle feels comfortable in your hand.

    Promising review: "Excellent home-use cordless drill. I was very impressed when I first used one of these that belonged to a friend. The first thing that will blow you away is how feather light it is! These lithium batteries are the bomb compared to traditional NMH. The grip is very ergonomically friendly and the controls are easy to reach. Given the light weight of the battery, the drill does seem a shade top heavy but it's easy to get used to. The chuck is a Jacobs, well known for quality. I have not checked the run out on mine just yet but I'm sure its respectable for a hand held drill. Also, a new feature for me was the lighted trigger. I've never had a drill that lights up your work when the trigger is depressed, this is a very nice thing to have when working in confined, dark spaces like basements, attics, powerless sheds, etc." —BT8850

    Price: $99+ (available in six configurations)

    2. An eight-piece gardening kit with a cute, floral canvas organizer for the plant parent-to-be who has big green dreams for their yard and needs a set of tools that can keep up.

    The full gardening tool set in the tote bag hanging on a door

    The full set includes a garden shovel, garden sheers, trowel, mini rake, hand weeder, gardening fork, flower mister, gloves, and the washable tote.

    Promising review: "Got this for my mother who loves to be out in the garden. She absolutely loved it. The tools are pretty sturdy. The bag is fantastic with places to put the tools, pockets galore, and the bag itself is pretty large, providing ample space for plants to be moved, seeds, hats, etc." —Alex C.

    Price: $26.99

    3. A 39-piece general tool set made from chrome-plated metal that'll resist corrosion so you have everything you'll ever need for small repairs and DIY projects. Never ask your neighbor to borrow their hammer ever again!

    a reviewer's black and orange tool kit

    The full set comes equipped with a tape measure, claw hammer, slip joint pliers, scissors, utility knife, screwdrivers, detachable screwdriver heads, and hex keys.

    Promising review: "What a great box of tools. Everything you need for house repairs and you CAN INDEED trust the quality to repair a 1977 Williams Pinball Machine. Computer Repairs? Still have that CB radio? Need a hammer? Pliers? Screwdriver with all bit sizes?? A measuring tape? Scissors? Utility knife? I mean the only thing thats missing is a small flashlight (go buy one at the 99 cent store) anyway this is a much better quality than I ever expected for a box full of tools that is currently being sold for less than $20... I am seriously blown away... I did not expect the quality. ALSO It does have Phillips bits or I would never have been able to fix my pinball machine. I saw a review that said it didn't and that is 100% incorrect." —Randy Pinball

    Price: $18.99+ (available in four colors)

    4. A three-in-one silicone caulking tool with five replaceable pads and a steel scraper to make sealing off areas so satisfyingly smooth, you'll debate making Instagram videos about it.

    The full caulking tool set

    Promising review: "I had to re-do some caulking around two bathrooms as well as some external door frames. I bought this little tool to make the process go more smoothly and I am so glad that I did! The scraper quickly and easily removed the old caulking from all the surfaces and worked so much better than tools I have used before. It was so much easier to scrape out the old stuff. I then used the opposite end with the rubber spatula attachments to smooth out the new caulking. It made a clean and smooth line on tile, marble, and wood surfaces. This baby makes my work look much more professional than what I have done before. It’s also super cheap!" —Fhdaddy

    Price: $14.97

    5. A powerful adhesive kit that can glue together just about anything if you haven't *quite* figured out your drill yet.

    The glue bottle and activator sitting beside two boards of wood that have been glued together

    Promising review: "Super Glue Activator is like science fiction. Just a tiny spritz on freshly applied super glue triggers an instantaneous curing of the bond. It's amazing. I've been using this glue for sealing and finishing fine woodworking projects like razor and knife scales. Activator is a necessity. It instantly hardens the adhesive all the way through. I am more astounded each time I use it and I wouldn't work without it. Highly recommended. Do yourself a favor and watch some YouTube videos. It's a revelation!" —Patrick T. Mccormick

    Price: $28.99+

    6. A bottle of drywall repair putty with a quick-use applicator for easily filling holes in drywall, plaster, wood, and any other cracks you very much want to forget about.

    Promising review: "I had a hole in drywall from a wall anchor that had been removed. This product did exactly what I needed it to do with a minimum of muss and fuss, and no special equipment or tools. Follow the directions, use the cap edge to smooth it out, and it's just about perfect. I've since also used it to repair drywall that was damaged when an old vanity was removed, filled up the dent perfectly. I'm going to be doing some redecorating with some new pictures on my walls, and I know this will work perfectly to patch old holes. Good stuff." —Barbara A. Hanson

    Price: $10.95+

    7. A wood polish and conditioner made with beeswax so you can revive wooden furniture in your house and give it that brand-spanking-new sheen.


    Promising review: "I used this on my grandma's antique dresser to get rid of some water marks, and was absolutely shocked and thrilled at the same time! Worth every penny!" —Pantera1014

    Price: $8.48

    8. A wallpaper smoothing tool kit if you're really feeling a patterned accent wall will revive your room rather than a new coat of paint.


    The full kit includes a big red squeegee, a medium blue squeegee, and a craft knife with five blades.

    Promising review: "My first time using peel-and-stick wallpaper. The tool I use for regular wallpaper would not have worked at all. The velvet end of the small tool was superb for getting the edges perfect. Used the larger tool to smooth things out as I was peeling the back from the wallpaper and it worked great. The knife cut really well for a large wall I only replaced one blade so I have several unused." —KLF

    Price: $6.22

    9. Or a bottle of wallpaper stripping spray to help remove heinous, outdated wallpaper before you have time to question your *previous* choices.


    Promising review: "I have been putting off removing this horrid wallpaper for years, mainly because of the removal horror stories. As it turns out it was rather easy. 1. I used the Chomp scorer. Use it gently moving it in concentric circles, horizontal and vertical. 2. Use the Chomp liquid liberally, let it soak, use more, let it soak until you see paper bubble up. If paper is not coming off easily use more and let soak. Key is letting it soak. 3. Use scraper to start removal. On a large part of mine the paper and glue came off in sheets with no scraping. Other times the top layer came off and the backing and glue needed some scraping. If it's not coming off easily use more liquid and let it soak." —Kindle Customer

    Price: $11.99+

    10. A pack of peel-and-stick backsplash panels in a subway tile pattern so on-point, no one will think it took next-to-no time to install.

    The tile backsplash in white applied in a kitchen

    Promising review: "I ordered these adhesive white subway tiles with dark grout for our kitchen. I opened the package and read instructions and literally took 30 minutes to install. I was able to cut out the electrical outlet area with a craft knife without a problem. Super easy and great quality. I need to order two more packs to finish the other side of my kitchen." —Priscilla T. Valerdi

    Price: $7.99+ (available in seven colors)

    11. An electronic stud sensor with a deep scan-mode for detecting studs through up to two layers of drywall and pinpointing stud centers with incredible accuracy so your heavy wall hanging won't budge.

    The stud finder finding a stud in the wall

    Promising review: "I am not sure why I took so long to find this awesome stud scanner. I've used other scanners in the past and they were not always accurate. I gave up finding an accurate scanner, so I used both the old knock on the drywall method to find the stud and the scanner. With this new scanner by Tavool, I no longer have to guess. Its accurate, easy to use, it locates electrical lines, and saves me time. I hope to use this tool for many years to come." —robert

    Price: $29.99

    12. A waterproof outdoor outlet timer so you can have a perfectly timed light show in your front or backyard and really dazzle the neighbors. Or, you can use it to turn other devices — like your pool pump of garden fountain — on and off.

    The outlet set up in a user's garden

    Promising review: "This simple and inexpensive device is saving me $50 a month on my power bill. Even if it quits in the first year it was more than worth it. I use it to cycle my pool pump on and off — to run only ten hours a day. I had an old-school, all-metal mechanical timer that rusted out in two years. Then I went to a fancy digital type that lasted less than one season. Now this. You 'program' it mechanically by lifting or depressing pins on a simple timer wheel. It's a no-brainer to set up." —Andy G.

    Price: $12.99

    13. A laser leveler with one 360-degree horizontal beam and one 140-degree vertical beam to make sure literally every item on your gallery wall is hung at the perfect angle.,

    Promising review: "This laser is a fantastic addition to the product line as it combines a VERY BRIGHT and VISIBLE green laser for both 360-degree horizontal, another vertical laser line that can provide you with a true and accurate 90-degree line, as well as a RED laser plumb dot! This is one of the most useful lasers I have ever come across! Having a contrast between the red and the green laser gives you easily readable reference lines and points. This unit is an excellent deal and would rival lasers eight to 10 times its price. Finally, the unit has a metal cover providing extra protection for the 360-degree horizontal laser against possible bumps. If you want a great laser — JUST BUY IT! You won’t be disappointed!" —Rob H.

    Price: $112.99

    14. A gallon of wallpaper adhesive that'll cover 280 square feet of empty wall space that you're *finally* ready to do something with.


    Promising review: "I usually buy wallpaper that is just peel and stick, however, I made the mistake (totally my fault) of purchasing some that wasn't which meant I then had to find some adhesive for it. Searched online and came across this. Now I am new to home improvement projects, so I didn't apply the paste to the wallpaper and try to hang it ONLY because I thought I would be too clumsy for that. Instead, I measured and cut the pieces of wallpaper then applied the adhesive to my walls and then stuck the wallpaper. Worked great, and was done with the product in less than an hour. This is definitely something I will be purchasing again. Had some left over from this job, and the top allows you to seal it so it will be ready for the next time. Made my job a lot easier when it came to hanging wallpaper solo." —Cyrus Webb

    Price: $11.66

    15. A 12-outlet power strip with surge protection to keep all your new gadgets running, especially if you went in with the upgrades in your entertainment room.

    a reviewer holding the white power strip

    Promising review: "Look behind your TV. See that jumble of wires? This one power strip can get it all organized, and provide surge protection as well. This strip can accommodate everything you need to plug in, plus allow you to connect the coaxial cable from your outdoor antenna. Your entire entertainment system can be turned on/off by toggling one switch. All this plugs into a single receptacle on the wall, making it easy to measure your energy consumption if you have a wattage monitor. The power strip has slots on the back which allows you mount the unit to the wall or to the entertainment center; keeping the floor free of wires for easy vacuuming. And, it looks a lot neater." —David D.

    Price: $24.99+ (available in five sizes and styles)

    16. A Gorilla patch-and-seal spray to keep water, air, and moisture out of just about anything you might come across during your DIY-ing. The spray is also temperature- and UV-resistant, so you don't have to worry about doing another fix a few months down the line.


    Promising review: "I inherited a house that the previous home owner must have done his own plumbing in and it was a horror show at best. I had a slight leak in the basin of one of the showers. I was able to adjust the trap (PVC) and spray this on for extra sealing power. It worked like it should and I would use it again." —emeritek

    Price: $12.97+

    17. A can of front door and shutter paint that'll dry in under one hour and change the entire look of your house without you having to spend a fortune on a remodel.,

    Promising review: "Excellent product. Very easy to use. We were able to paint our front door with two coats and be finished all in one day. Product is a very thick consistency that causes it not to drip, run, splatter or ruin your paint brushes. Very little prep work and clean up. Really nice that they have an app that lets you take a pic of your door and try all of the colors. So you get a good idea of how your door will look when you actually paint it. I encourage everyone to try it." —JAY

    Price: $35.73+ (available in 26 colors)

    18. A pack of nine removable Command hooks because you already know you're going to want to redo your room again in a year, and putting new holes in the wall isn't the most practical idea.,

    Promising review: "I keep an extra bag of these in a drawer, because they are so useful. They have a simple double-sided sticky foam piece that you stick to the hanger first, then peel the other side and stick on the wall. Works for me on: smooth drywall, textured drywall, painted brick, chalk boards, white boards, the side of the microwave, back of a pressboard door, and tile in the bathroom. Strong enough to hang a framed 8 x12-inch photo, or a whole bunch of random dresses or small bags filled with toys." —C McA

    Price: $12.60

    19. A can of Krylon spray paint and primer to spruce up any bit of furniture or statement piece in your home made from wood, metal, wicker, plastic, glass, or ceramics. If you're not looking to overhaul everything you own, a quick coat of spray paint could refresh some of your favorite decor.

    Three cans of Krylon spray paint being applied to homemade succulent planters

    Promising review: "Beautiful color, perfect rose gold! I used it to spray paint my light fixtures and a trash bag dispenser. It sprayed an even coat, perfect coverage! It took about two coats, I sprayed a third just for protection. I am desperately looking for more stuff to spray paint with it because it's so easy and pretty!" —Emmanuel and Ruby

    Price: $12.06 (available in a variety of colors and 11 finishes)

    20. And a nine-pack of Scotch blue tape, because as simple as it may seem, that little blue line will be the only thing keeping you from turning your walls into a Jackson Pollock painting.

    a model sticking the blue tape to a wall

    Promising review: "This is my favorite tape and I use it a lot. I have been especially been using it lately as I have been painting my kitchen and bathroom while in quarantine. Good price break for multiple rolls." —Eileen Wade

    Price: $29.97

    Reviews in this post have been edited for length and/or clarity.

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