You’ll need somewhere to keep all of your essential tools so you can do some serious construction work. If you don’t have a toolbox, get one – quick! But what should go in it? Here are some essential tools every contractor needs in their toolbox.
1) Screwdrivers – This is one of the most important tools that you’re going to use all the time so it would be pretty silly if you didn’t have them laying around somewhere. There are many different types, but the main difference between them is whether they have a flat blade or a phillips head (the latter being more common). You can choose famous brands like Milwaukee tools so that you don’t need to worry about quality issues. Don’t forget to throw some mini screwdrivers in there as well because those little ones can come in handy for more intricate jobs where the bigger tools won’t fit.
2) Tape Measure – You’ll probably use this more than any other tool because it’s so handy and easy to transport from place to place. As a general rule of thumb, go for something that’s at least 25 feet long so you don’t have to keep stopping what you’re doing just to measure stuff all day long.
3) Pliers – You can never have too many pliers and they’re one of the most versatile tools you can own. The basic model is long with a handle on each end, but pliers can come in a number of shapes and sizes, particularly needle-nosed versions which are great for getting into tight spaces. Some types also have insulated grips or magnetic tips.
4) Hammer – this is just about the most basic power tool that exists. Don’t be fooled by its simplicity though; I’ve seen many things broken with a hammer on accident. It’s best used for driving nails into wood but can also be utilized as a lumber splitter, measuring stick, and more! A lot of contractors prefer 24 ounce claw hammers. Hammers come in various forms, but the classic design is a wooden handle with a metal head.
5) Hacksaw – It’s always a good idea to have an assortment of blades on hand, but if you’re only going to buy one size it should be this 12″ hacksaw with metal or plastic handle – The thin blade allows you to cut through bolts and metal bars with ease, not to mention that it’s designed specifically for cutting through nails which are notoriously difficult to do by hand.
6) Claw Hammer – I know I listed this under basic power tools too but what can I say? This is a contractor essential and you’ll need at least two: One 24 ounce claw hammer and another smaller one (16 ounces for those tricky spots and touch-ups).
7) Crowbar/Wrecking Bar – My old crowbar is one of the most useful tools I’ve ever owned. It’s got a flat head so it can pry apart things with ease and also be used to hammer nails into wood. You’ll definitely need this for demolition work or lifting sheet metal.
7) Utility Knife (box cutter): This thing will become your “go-to” tool when you’re opening up boxes, plasterboard, cardboard and pretty much anything else you don’t want to tear open by hand. A lot of contractors like using hook blades because they’re cleaner (less jagged edges). These come in various sizes but I’d recommend getting one that holds at least 6 blades.
So there you have it – the 7 essential tools every homeowner needs in their toolbox. It’s not an exhaustive list by any means, but it’ll get you started and help you tackle most jobs with ease. And don’t forget, having the right tools is only one part of the equation – safety always comes first! Make sure you’re wearing the proper safety gear (eye protection, gloves, etc.) when using any power or air tools. Stay safe out there!