Hand and power tool list
A good quality hand and power tool is necessary to get the job done so it’s important to get the right kind. With all the brand names out there like Makita, Ryobi, DeWalt, Skil, Craftsman, Stanley and others it can be difficult to determine which is the best quality for the price.
I don’t really have a preference of any special brand of tool. This much I will advise though; get good quality tools for the ones you use constantly.
As far as the tools you will only use for a short time, like drywall tools for instance, just go to Wal-Mart and get the cheapest brand.
These are the tools you can spend a little extra for. You usually get what you pay for.
Let’s go through the list of tools we need.
By the way, I borrowed all these pics from the Lowes site. I’m not affiliated with Lowes, but they have good prices on all their products so I shop there a lot.
(I have to mention their name so I don’t get one of those nasty little cease-and-desist orders.)
You will need a 3/8 drill for drilling small holes and putting in screws. Find a drill that is comfortable. Any hand or power tool used this much needs to be good quality. Cordless drills are good just make sure you have extra batteries.
You’ll use a circular saw a lot more than you think. Some newer models project a laser line to show where the blade will cut. Handy for beginners. This is a hand and power tool super hero!
This is a regular framing hammer. Hammers come in different weights. Find the one that is perfect for your strength.
You’ll use a utility knife very often. Get something that is comfortable.
Get a tool belt that you like. Get one with pockets for screws and nails. It’s not a technically a tool, but still important.
You’ll use this dandy a lot. You probably should just get plastic squares, because the aluminum squares get bent and then they’re not so square anymore.
Get a good quality 48-inch level with both horizontal and vertical bubble windows.
The tools below are tools that are used less frequently, but still worth buying yourself instead of renting because they are used in a few different applications.
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