I’m having a hard time keeping a straight face! That is so funny! RemodelingGuy:Essentials! It’s killin’ me!
However, let’s try and be serious for a moment! Tools are serious business!
Before we start anything, it is important to be sure you have the basics.
You don’t need anything fancy. You don’t need a big giant tool belt with fifty compartments. You do need something to hold the tools that you use frequently. A simple nail apron will work, but a pouch like this one above is what I suggest. It has a place for each of the following:
It’s important to get a decent Hammer! I don’t want anyone sending me pictures showing one of those tiny little housewife hammers.
I’ve used them…I’m not too proud to admit it. Personally, I wouldn’t be caught dead with one of those things.
Get one just like this picture:
A claw hammer, with a curve to the claw so you can pull out nails or grab something you can’t quite reach! It works for demolition and good old fashioned nailing.
Sorry to depart from the color of the day on these last two. Stanley makes good tools and as far as I know, no pink tape measures.
It’s worth the extra few bucks for a good tape measure! These don’t break down when you try and extend them out more than a few feet.
If you don’t know how to read one, I just found a great video turorial here.
While we’re here, if we could please refrain from calling this a “box cutter” I would really appreciate it.
You can call it a Razor Knife if you want to sound like an old pro.
This tool gets very heavy use in most projects and you’ll find it to be much better than a pocket knife or, worse, a kitchen knife.
The cheap, simple one like I show here is best. No need for anything fancy. The blade is changed by removing the screw. FYI.
When you start working with any wood that needs to be cut, it needs to be marked first!
A speed square has many functions, but for basic use, it’s just to help mark lines either square, or on a perfect 45 degree angle.
If you’re bored, or planning to become a full-time carpenter, memorize the little book. Otherwise, you can discard that!
There is so much I need to tell you about carpenters pencils!
No, not really. The bottom line is that you can go with these or with a regular pencil. I often use a regular pencil because it makes a cleaner line.
The hard-core guys say that these don’t break as easy, are easier to sharpen with the box-cutter and ???
Don’t forget the safety items. You really should have eye protection at all times. Gloves are good for demolition and material handling. I bet you could find some pink work boots if you look, for foot protection!
Just a Start
These tools are obviously very basic. But as I read through the comments and emails I realize that many of you really want to tackle some of this work yourselves and you’re looking for some help.
I can provide that and I’ll get into some tutorials involving the more complex tools. Soon I’ll be talking about how to install some wood trimwork like you see in my recent post on trim.
When we get to that point, I just want to be sure we’re equipped with the basics. You can run up to Home Depot or somewhere similar and get all of this. If you prefer to get it on-line, I’ve provided some links below, or just by clicking on the items.
I’m reading every comment and paying close attention to what you’re telling me you need. So please continue to let me know in the comments or by email. Happy Remodeling!