I am very honored to be here talking my four favorite builder tools but…I have a lot of tools I really like, and well, actually, there are a lot of tools I would consider favorites. I mean, the right tool at the right time instantly becomes a fave!
So I have to pick and prune, and I have chosen a few . . . I picked a category of sorts. See if you can guess what my theme is here for My Four Favorite Builder Tools…
As the name implies, the brad nailer is a tool that shoots slender nails, or brads, into place. While typically considered a power tool, (often pneumatically operated), I myself own a muscle-powered staple gun that also shoots brads. I own a Porter-Cable, which I like, but for this post I include the Bostitch BT1855. I use a brad nailer for fastener trim or really for any other application that requires minimal hold and a smaller nail head.
Allen Wrench (aka a Hex Key)
The most basic of Allen wrenches are simple hexagonal (six-sided) shafts bent to 90 degrees. The Allen wrench is designed to manually drive bolts or screws that have a hexagonal slot. No, they are not called “Ikea Wrenches!” Allen, Allen! I own a Husky Allen Wrench Set that combines both the metric and SAE models. I also have individually-packaged metric and SAE folding versions by Lufkin, but included here a set by Pittsburgh Tools with a T –handle. I frequently use them in putting together items I use in construction.
|Pittsburgh Tools' 18-piece-ball-point-and-hex-key-set, (sold at HarborFreight.com)|
Without a doubt, and in any discussion on tools, the plumb bob has got to be on my list. Why? Do I use it frequently? Not really… Is it for the name? OK, maybe a little, but rather it’s how the plumb bob works. While I have a 12 oz steel and nickel-plated version, I find the brass version much sexier. Pictured, (via CPOtools.com), is the CST/berger 16 oz in Brass. While they are frequently used for setting stairs, I have more commonly used them, (almost in reverse), for finding the exact center location of landmarks like wiring in construction lighting – for example, over a proposed and not yet installed island.
A jackhammer is pneumatically-powered chisel. It is often used to break rock, concrete or pavement. Jackhammers are sometimes known now as breakers, as pictured – the Bosch Tools’ New Brute Breaker Hammer.
|Bosch Tools' New-Brute|
And that’s my four faves. Thanks go out to Jamie and feel free to call out “My Category” in the comment section below… (JG: I got it, guys! Do you?)
One time construction manager and always handyman, jb Bartkowiak is Editor of BuildingMoxie.com a site dedicated to the do together of DIY and Pro Home Improvement.