Must Have Tools For Homebuilding

 


Article by: Mike Merisko

There are many tools , Caulk Like A Professional - Put Away Your Finger that you must have handy when building , the Smallest Room a house , Under Floor Heating but there are a few that get used often in the building , Why Can't We Kill Too? process.

I'll start with the obvious. A hammer. In this day and age, many builders use compressors and framing nailers. The hammer still has a place , 7 Materials For Creating The Perfect Kitchen Countertop on the job site. Most carpenters still use the hammer to frame floor , How To Conquer Mold and Mildew Problems joists, walls, , Pool Supplies Should Also Contain Safety ceiling joists and rafters. The feeling is that they can draw connections tighter with a hammer. I'm in favor of using a hammer for framing and using a nail , Make your Sauna a Focal Point gun to nail , Black Mold Removal Ė Can You Do It Yourself? off plywood on decks, , Remodeling a Bathroom and Refinishing and Restoring Baseboard Heating Element Covers walls , Under Floor Heating and roofs. , Understanding Air Purifiers

Another obvious tool , Poisons In The Home is the circular saw. I like to have at least two on the job. one for me to do laying out of plates and roof , Information to Help You Understand the Difference Between Mini Blinds, Wood Blinds, and Vinyl Blinds cutting and one for the crew to cut headers, cripples and whatever else they might need it for. I prefer a worm drive saw. Its a heavier saw but I like to use that to my advantage when cutting. I also like the fact you can see the blade cut the line. Others prefer what is called a sidewinder. The blade is on the other side of the saw thus the name. A righthanded user will usually find himself leaning over the saw to see the blade and follow the cut line. This is a lighter saw so it may fatigue the user less than a worm drive.

Layout tools. , Makeovers that Sell - Secrets to Increase Your Home's Value These include pencil, speed square, framing square, chalk line, dry line and tape measure. Obviously the pencil is a companion to most of the other tools , Stains Will Run From You When You Do This... for making layout marks and lines. The speed square is used primarily to square lumber and laying out plates for wall, , Canvas Awnings Ė How To Care For Them And Keep Them Good As New floor , Remodeling a Bathroom and Refinishing and Restoring Baseboard Heating Element Covers joist, ceiling joists, and rafters. It can also be used for rafter cutting layout but I prefer a framing square, which I feel is more accurate. The framing square is also used to square up wider lumber like 2x10's and 2x12's. Pages can be written on the many uses of a framing square. I've even heard stories of guys being able to figure their paychecks with one. A chalk line is a necessity and is one of the first tools , Log Cabin Home Design - 5 Design Tips to Consider used to start building , Hardwood Floor Cleaners a house. , Home Clean Up - Start in those Closets Lines are snapped on top of foundation walls, , An Introduction To Bathroom Furniture on decks , Understanding Air Purifiers for wall , Home Clean Up - Start in those Closets layout and for cut lines on plywood, OSB and wall , Arch Window Treatments for Half and Quarter Circle Windows sheathings. A dry line is used to keep things straight. Its used to straighten tops of walls, , Top Five Reasons To Use Bamboo Flooring basement , Color Help: Choosing Color Combinations steel, and hip rafters among other things. Last but not least is the tape measure, the most important of the layout tools. , Kitchen Bar Ss - They're Not Just For Breakfast Anymore! It would be impossible to build a house , Natural Gas Grills - the Best Way to BBQ Your Steak without it.

There are also what I like to call , Solar Rebates lifting and persuading tools. , Caulk Like A Professional - Put Away Your Finger A handy tool , Kitchen Bar Ss - They're Not Just For Breakfast Anymore! to have on site is a prybar. On my jobs its primary function was to lift a wall , Home Remodeling - Some Useful Tips to put a 2x4 block under the top plate. This is for finger room , Planning your Bath Tile Design, Pattern & Installation when it is time to lift the wall. , Under Floor Heating The main persuader on any job is the sledgehammer. Also called a trim hammer for moving that heavy wall , An Introduction To Bathroom Furniture that last 1/8th of an inch to the line. I also like to use it to tap a wall , Home Improvements - Questions and Answers square before sheathing it. Another necessary use for the sledgehammer is to tap tongue and groove plywood decking together.

Don't forget the erasers. Sometimes we make mistakes. That is why we keep nail , Mold Test Kit Ė How It Can Help You get Rid of Your Mold pullers (cats paw) and a sawzall or reciprocating saw on hand. I prefer the sawzall. I like to cut the nails , Planning your Bathroom Tile Design, Pattern & Installation rather than pull them. I feel its quicker and makes for a cleaner job.

Don't forget a 4 foot level. I almost did. This is considered a layout tool. , High Quality Shower Filters You'll need one to level interior , Arch Window Treatments for Half and Quarter Circle Windows walls to brace them off and to install window , Remodeling a Bathroom and Refinishing and Restoring Baseboard Heating Element Covers and doors. , Baking Soda for Cleaning Other than that, it is almost all you'll need it for except for an occasional check for plumb and level.

With the above mentioned tools, , Home Clean Up - Start in those Closets you have got what you need to build a house. , A Brief History Of The Linens You Use Everyday

(c)Mike Merisko 2006

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Mike Merisko has been a carpenter for 26 years. Most of those years were spent in the homebuilding and remodeling industries. He was also in business as a carpentry and general contractor. , What is Injection Waterproofing? While that is his forte, he also has experience in bridge building, , Makeovers that Sell - Secrets to Increase Your Home's Value commercial construction, and exhibit building , Buying a new home ¬Ė without the stress! which is how he earns his living these days. You can browse through articles by him and others at his website http://www.sawkerfs.com or visit his blog at http://www.sawkerfs.blogspot.com.

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