Remodeling is more than carpentry. It often involves demolition, carpentry, plaster, drywall work, electrical, plumbing, tile, concrete, and roofing. Before you begin a remodeling job, be sure you are stocked with tools and supplies. Here are some essential tools needed for remodeling.
Solid-steel Framing Hammer With Ripping Claw
This indestructible tool will come in handy for demolition.
Tool Pouch/Fastener Pouch - It is where to put your working tools and fasteners other than your pockets.
A steel hammer loop is a best and fastest way to hang a hammer from your belt.
Get more than one pair of safety glasses. They can get dirty, fogged with condensation, lost, and at most broken.
Grab one long (50 ft. or longer) and one short (25-ft) extension cord. Make sure both have a gauge that's large enough to handle the amperage of your most significant power tool.
You'll need everything from a dainty 7-inch model to that 5-ft. long bringers of doom(demolition bar). Estwing's I-beam bar is a legend in the construction business, as is Council Tool's 60-inch pinch point bar.
Get an exterior push broom, a hand broom. And a dustpan. Use them. A clean site is a safe one.
Not every surface can be swept. Sometimes you'll need to suck debris out of wall cavities and electrical boxes, for example, so get a reliable shop vacuum.
Please, don't stand on boxes and buckets. You're just asking for a trip to the hospital. Use a step stool, a step ladder, and an extension ladder.
You can't work on what you can't see. Your lighting equipment should include hanging and free-standing lighting, as well as a hands-free light that you can wear, such as a headlamp.
Get earmuffs for doing cumbersome work like running a shop vacuum. Use earplugs for work that's moderately loud, like drilling.
Use dust masks for dirty work like sweeping up, and get a cartridge respirator for a dirty job such as pulling down old plaster. Your lungs will thank you.
Use painter's canvas drop cloths (not plastic tarps) to protect surfaces while you paint. And use plastic tarps to catch debris.
You're going to need various types.
Keep a carpenter's pencil, a silver Sharpie (for dark-colored lumber), a black sharpie for tape and plastics, a sharp awl for center marks on lumber, and a carbide tip scribbling on marking steel.
A selection of saw blades for circular saws, jig saws, and reciprocating saws will allow you to cut solid lumber, plywood, plastic, wood with nails in it, steel, sheet metal duct, steel pipe, PVC pipe—pretty much anything you'll come across while remodeling.
Spade bits are great for boring holes for pipe or cable. But for making lots of holes, you'll need a ship auger that pulls itself through the lumber. Use twist drills to make pilot holes for large screws and step drills for making holes in sheet metal and thin steel.
Use side-cutting electrician pliers for crosscutting electrical cable, diagonal pliers for reaching into electrical boxes to trim away the cable's sheath and paper, ironworker's pliers for cutting old rusty nails, screws, staples and clips, and compact bolt-cutting pliers for carving through anything that's too thick or too tough for other pliers.
You need at least two to support lumber and plywood for cutting safely. Four to six is ideal for keeping boxes and tools off the ground.
Some jobs—like working in crawl spaces—are so nasty that it doesn't make sense to wear ordinary work clothing unless you don't mind throwing it away later. As old-timers used to say: Better to ruin one pair of coveralls than every pair of work clothes you own.
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