Tools we didn't know we needed, but actually do
4 months ago
Of course there are the standard tools you really need for tackling any construction project. This is not that list.
These are tools we didn't even know existed for some time, but now that we know about them they have become essential in helping with speed and accuracy on many of our projects.
Self-leveling 360 degree Laser Level by Dewalt
One of our most used tools... once you own one of these there's no turning back.
First, it's self-leveling. No squinting, tapping, adjusting. And the green lasers have 100 feet of range so finding a level line across an entire room or even outdoors is no problem.
We've used it for railings and fencing, lining up junction boxes, correcting the level of floor plates, marking places on the ceiling for lighting... basically, it makes common things much easier, and then gives you precision for things that would otherwise be nearly impossible.
Just do it, you won't regret it!
Angle Grinder by Dewalt
Even though it's an extremely dangerous tool, an angle grinder is great for quickly cutting into metal as well as concrete.
Swap out different wheels for a wide variety of applications, including polishing concrete.
The fact that it's cordless allows for unrestricted movement and even more danger. Don't say we didn't warn you.
60V MAX Chainsaw Kit by Dewalt
When you're living in the woods, a chainsaw becomes an essential tool.
Whether you're using it to fell trees and slice them into logs for firewood, cutting 6x6 lumber for projects, or keeping it in the car after storms to help clear roads, the fact that this one is battery operated means you can avoid handling gas and skip the pull start (and save your shoulder for other tasks).
Also it's not super loud, which means you don't need to worry about wearing hearing protection. All in all, a super handy tool to have at the ready.
Variable Speed Oscillating Multi-Tool by Dewalt
When we built our studio, the carpenters seemed to have this tool available at all times. It allows for the trimming and cutting of wood and wood with metal in a fairly precise way.
Made famous by FEIN, and designed for sanding in hard-to-reach places, its real value for us is its ability to trim and cut wood in places where a saw can't.
HD60 Classic Laser Measuring device by Tacklife
When you need measurements fast, don't want to make a big fuss, or don't have a second person to help, this laser measuring device is just the trick.
It's supposed to measure up to 196'. We keep it in the car since we somehow seem to need a measuring device more often than we think.