Contractor tools


Getting Started with tools

If you’re on your way to becoming a building trade contractor or just want to do a DIY project like the pros, you’ll need the tools of the trade to get the job done, such as heavy equipment for excavation and grading soil, pipe threaders for threading pipe, or concrete finishing tools for laying concrete.

safety equipment

First and foremost, you need to think about your safety and the safety of others around the jobsite. If you’re working around heavy construction, you will definitely need a hard hat to protect your head from falling or projecting objects. If you are working in dusty conditions, the proper respirator for the type of particulate matter you’re working in is a must. Safety goggles and gloves will protect your eyes and hands. For specialized safety precautions such as when working on roofing or welding, use the recommended safety equipment for the job. Always make sure all workers and guests are protected as well.

Before work begins

In most cases, before work begins, you will need a plan to show you what type of work you need to do. To help with this task, computerized blueprint making software is available for larger and more complicated projects. For smaller remodeling projects, a computerized bathroom or kitchen design tool is a must to show every detail of the layout, even in 3D. Once you’re ready to begin your project you’ll probably need to prep your work area by using tarps, setting up a temporary outdoor shop for cutting materials, using proper ventilation where needed, and setting up safe electrical requirements.

tools of the trade

The best and quickest way to complete a job is to have the tools of the trade available when needed. Tools like a table saw, track saw, miter saw, air compressor, nail guns, etc. are essential tools every contractor should have. If you’re a specialty trade contractor, you’ll want to purchase the tools you’ll need to use on a regular basis. The investment will be well worth it in the long run. But if you’re a DIY property owner and don’t want to purchase expensive tools, cheaper versions of most tools are available. More expensive tools can be rented at your local home center or rental yard.

Specialty tools

Most contractors don’t buy every tool they may possibly need when they start their business. Tools can be purchased gradually as you need them. Specialty contractor tools can do wonders in completing a project with professional results. Although you will not find them in most hardware stores or home centers, you will find them at specialty stores such as a wholesale electrical or plumbing supply establishments. Other specialty tools can be found online at woodworking or metalworking websites. You will even find tools you didn’t even know existed.