Tools of the Trade - Construction Industry

Tools of the Trade - Construction Industry

Posted by Best Access Doors on 20th Feb 2019

So you're looking to get into the construction industry or are venturing out to be that handyman around the house. Maybe you've dabbled in general fixes around your home and wanted to enhance your skill set? The following is a guide on what you're going to need to fill your toolbox to get you on the path to get you to that next level!

Safety - Before we get to our list we feel it's important to speak about safety first. Safety at home or in the workplace is paramount, because as the old adage goes: it's always better to be safe than sorry. Here is a quick rundown of what we'd suggest you have before starting renovations or home projects.

  • Safety glasses
  • Steel-toed safety boots
  • Proper work gloves
  • Proper ladder with anti-slip grips on the base
  • First aid kit

There are a few necessary tools that any general handyman around the house will need. To keep these tools together, you will need a tool bag or tool box, and if you plan on being up a ladder or on a roof for an extended period, we highly recommend a good quality tool pouch with a belt. It will save you having to run up and down a  ladder any time a new tool is needed, and it keeps everything at arms reach! So, a few of the necessary tools would include:

  • Set of screwdrivers
  • Claw hammer
  • Tape measure
  • Box cutter/X-acto knife
  • Pliers
  • Bubble level

If keeping to a strict budget is a paramount concern these necessary tools will help you get by in most situations. Almost any small project around the home can be taken care of with this limited amount of tools in the toolbox. Now, if you are willing to expand the budget and are looking to take on more here some tools and power tools that you will need for more significant projects around the house or on a bigger work site:

  • Square
  • Cordless impact driver (drill)
  • Cordless circular saw
  • Cordless oscillating saw
  • Shop-Vac
  • Stud finder
  • Electrical tester

In the list, there are included a few "extras" including the shop vac. Handymen have an awful reputation of leaving their job sites dirty even after their work is complete. If you are hired to do work take that initiative and clean up once you're done - not only does it make you look professional it will help set you apart from your competition. The stud finder and the electrical tester are very job specific, but they are invaluable when you come across a situation where you need one!

Final thoughts: If you are going to spend money, don't go cheap on your purchases. Many of the tools you can buy today are so well built they can literally last a lifetime if they are taken care of and maintained well. It makes much more sense to purchase a quality tool at a more premium price rather than spend money to replace cheaper tools continually. There is a multitude of things that go into you being a successful handyman, the best thing to remember is not to be handicapped by inferior tools or not having the right tool for the job. If you are venturing into new areas and are doing work you don't have experience with, don't hesitate to speak with someone that has experience in that area! If it's merely someone down at the local hardware store or a seasoned professional most times they are more than willing to help out and impart their knowledge and experience. After all, every master was once a beginner!

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