Whether new at the Do It Yourself (DIY) project, or an old pro, there are certain things that should remain on hand at all times when starting a new construction project in your home.
With every job, the right equipment is the difference between showing off the completed project and spending money to correct the problems. Planning the project in advance goes a long way to ensuring fewer hiccups as it progresses, but having the right tools will lower the stress and frustration in any construction job.
As the old adage goes, “Measure twice, cut once.” a good tape measure will help prevent many problems, from the basic picture hanging to ensuring the correct length for the 2×4 needed to complete the framing on the new stud wall. Look for a quality made tape measure to ensure all your projects are done well.
And you need a good one. Even if you have a nail gun, a good hammer comes in handy for more than simply driving nails into wood such as removing nails, and in a pinch, can double as a light version of a crowbar. Look for a hammer that is well weighted and easily wielded.
Kept in good condition, the utility knife has as many uses as the pocket knife in regards to various projects around the house. Opening packaging, cutting drywall, tape, or marking a cut, utility knives are versatile. Seek out the better-made knives, learn how to keep it from rusting out and how to properly refill the blades to ensure longevity.
Hand saws are another versatile tool, whether you need to cut wood, drywall, or thin metal. Using the proper blade and elbow grease, you can create the piece you need to help finish the project.
With a wide variety available, a sturdy pair of slip joint pliers can help perform many necessary jobs, from holding objects steady to bending metal. The ability to hold narrow or wide objects makes it able to replace an assortment of different tools in a pinch.
Build Your Toolbox
The toolbox is an essential piece of any collection of construction equipment, and having the five pieces listed above shows a head start on any job, big or small. Start any project with confidence, knowing you have the right tools.