Below is a list of suggested tools for our independent contractors.

Basic Tools

These are the tools that I bring to every job no matter what.

Hand Tools

  • smooth face hammer
  • multi screwdriver
  • Channel locks
  • utility knife
  • tape measure
  • adjustable wrench
  • torpedo level
  • needle nose pliers
  • framing pencil
  • nut driver
  • 1.5″ putty knife
  • flashlight or camera light

Power Tools

  • cordless impact drill

Supplies

  • spare Phillips bits for the drill
  • spare utility knife blades
  • basic assortment of screws and nails

 

All Day Project Tools

These are the tools that I bring to a day-long project that will cover a wide variety of tasks.

  • a second size/style of channel locks
  • a second size adjustable wrench
  • basic socket and wrench set (w/ adapter for the drill)
  • mini pry bar
  • speed square
  • scissors
  • stud finder
  • electrical cable stripper/cutter combo
  • diagonal cutters
  • 1″ chisel
  • window screen tool
  • nail setting tool
  • tin snips
  • paint can opener
  • 2.5″ putty knife
  • basic set of wood/metal drill bits
  • mini screwdriver set (w/ allen and torq bits)
  • basic set of concrete bits
  • file or rasp
  • folding allen wrench set (standard and metric)
  • broom and dustpan
  • digital multimeter
  • chalk line

Power Tools

  • cordless drill (w/ hammer drill)
  • cordless skill saw
  • cordless oscillating saw
  • cordless reciprocating saw
  • cordless vacuum
  • spare batteries and charger

Supplies

  • spare blades for saws listed above
  • large assortment of screws and nails
  • assortment of tape

 

Other frequently Used Tools

This is a list of tools that I use on a regular basis but is very job specific.

We also have a tool loaner program so that you don’t have to buy everything.

Hand Tools

  • Large pry bar
  • cat claw
  • framing hammer
  • rubber mallet
  • mini sledge hammer
  • shovel
  • hand saw
  • miter box
  • power cord
  • power cord splitter
  • bolt cutters
  • C clamp or grip clamps
  • vice grips

Power Tools

  • compound miter saw w/ rolling stand
  • portable table saw
  • air compressor
  • air hose
  • finish nail gun
  • angle grinder with wire and diamond wheel
  • random orbital sander
  • laser level

Paint Tools

  • pan
  • roller handle
  • canvas painters tarp
  • wire brush
  • masking tool

Paint Supplies

  • disposable paint brushes
  • tray liners
  • paint rollers
  • masking tape
  • masking paper
  • plastic painters tarp
  • rags
  • spackle
  • painter’s caulk
  • sanding block

Drywall Tools

  • 6, 8, 12″ drywall knife
  • 12″ drywall pan
  • 5 gal bucket
  • bucket knife
  • mud mixer
  • sanding tool
  • T-square

Drywall Supplies

  • fiber tape
  • wall patches
  • quick set mud
  • sand paper