Whether you’re new to do-it-yourself projects or an old pro, certain things should remain on hand at all times when starting a new construction project in your home.
With every job, having the right equipment is the difference between showing off the completed project and spending money to correct problems.
Planning the project goes a long way to ensuring fewer hiccups as it progresses, but having these tools will lower the stress and frustration in any construction job.
1. Tape Measure
As the adage goes, “Measure twice, cut once.” A good tape measure will help prevent many problems, from basic picture hanging to ensuring the correct length for the 2-by-4 needed to complete framing on the new stud wall.
2. Claw Hammer
Even if you have a nail gun, a good hammer comes in handy for more than driving nails into wood. It also can be used to remove 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.
3. Utility Knife
Kept in good condition, a utility knife has as many uses as the pocket knife.
Whether you’re opening packaging, cutting drywall, tape or marking a cut, utility knives are versatile.
After you purchase a utility knife, learn how to keep it from rusting and how to properly refill the blades to ensure longevity.
4. Hand Saw
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 quickly 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.
The toolbox is an essential piece of any collection of construction equipment, and having these five pieces gives you a head start on any job, big or small.