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5 Pieces of Protective Gear Every DIYer Needs

protective gear 5 Pieces of Protective Gear Every DIYer Needs

There is no denying the feeling of supreme satisfaction you achieve when you finally put that latest weekend project to rest.

Regardless of the scale of the project, anytime you make a plan and follow through on each step in the process, you are left feeling like HGTV should to get with the program and start following your DIY antics ASAP.

Speaking of plans…anytime you set out to accomplish a new household project, you will first have to consider the materials and tools you may need.

Certainly there are handful of must have tools every homeowner needs at their disposal. What is even more important is that part-time handymen and women begin to stockpile safety gear and take the necessary protective measures when embarking on any task.

Here are the five most important pieces of safety equipment to add to your basement or garage workshop before even thinking about that next DIY adventure.

1. Safety Glasses

There are a lot of injuries I would be willing to sustain long before leaving my eyes vulnerable. Safety glasses are a true no brainer for this reason. They offer an inexpensive and simple solution to protecting an extremely valuable commodity.

It is a good idea to stick with name brand glasses that are OSHA-regulated. Depending on the type of job you are undertaking, you might want a pair of wrap around glasses, kind of like the ones you were forced to wear in science class in high school.

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Regardless, it is a good idea to have both full protection and conventional safety glasses for optimal safety no matter the job. You may also want to consider how much work you are doing outside. If the answer is a lot then it is a good idea to invest in a tinted pair, or something sunblocking that can take a bit more of a punch than a regular set of sunglasses.

2. Hearing Protection

Ever try and listen to your favorite album or podcast while mowing the lawn or weed wacking? What better way to kill the time right? The only problem is, more than likely your earbuds simply do not put out enough sound to be heard over your tools. THey’re that loud!

The truth is, exposure to 90dB or more for extended periods of time can result in hearing loss. For reference, lawn equipment sits firmly in the 90-105 range.

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Earmuffs can reduce noise by 20dB or more. Depending on the type of work you are doing, you will want to pay attention to the protection levels as you shop. The safe move is to go with the highest protection no matter what.

Your earmuffs should be comfortable to wear for long work days. There are even noise cancelling, hearing protective headphones, which are essentially earmuffs with built in speakers. These are perfect for fans of books on tape looking to knock off a few titles while you trim the hedges, weed wack, or swing the leaf blower.

The other, less invasive option are a set of ear plugs. While these offer slightly less protection, they are definitely less cumbersome and can be tossed away at the end of a particularly sweaty job. That said, they are also super easy to lose, so be wary.

3. Masks and Respirators

Whether your sanding, painting, or even something as heavy duty as acid washing masonry, a respirator will go a long way in ensuring you aren’t breathing in anything except oxygen.

Respirators are also great for demo work. When ripping down an old pony wall, you run the very legitimate risk of interacting with asbestos, fiberglass, or even mold.

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A full respirator is generally more protective than a flimsy mask like one a doctor or dentist might wear. The filters are also replaceable so you will want to make sure you are checking them and swapping them out regularly.

4. Gloves

The modern era of work gloves is upon us and it truly is glorious. It is fully understandable why you may have an aversion to work gloves if your context is the bulky leather gloves of the past, or if you have done one too many a brush clean up with cheap garden gloves.

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That said, spending a little bit of coin on a good pair of work gloves is life changing. Canvas or cloth gloves are made to fit snug and feel like there is nothing much between you and whatever it is you are working on.

5. Boots

Just like your gloves, work boots should never be something you dread strapping on because of their lack of comfort or the sensation of disconnection between you and your footing they may cause. Often, you hear people talk about breaking in their boots. This really should not be the case. If you choose the right boots, you will have comfort at the sole, good ankle support, as well as a ton of mobility.

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You will want your boots to be steel toed to avoid any freak accidents regarding your digits. Steel toe also means the boots will be heavier so be cautious that your footwear choice offsets this weight elsewhere. They even make composite toe shoes, which offer similar protection without the feeling that you are walking underwater.


These five items are essential to anyone dabbling in DIY jobs around the house. Buy them, store them, and wear them to ensure you are able to follow through on your grand home improvement plans without room for any freak accidents to taint the experience.