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General Tools

Star Tools and tips to help you build your house.

 

Wood working

Measuring tape 

Drawing square 

Chop saw / mitre saw

Miter Chop Saw    Chop saw

Jigsaw

This is my cutting instrument of choice even for intricate cuts.

Jigsaw 

Circular saw

Unlike most builders, I don't use a hand held circular saw for cutting.  What I use it for is cutting grooves to a particular depth.  Ideal for routing PEX piping in the surface of 2x4s.  I make a series of cuts about 1/4" apart and then break off the bits between with a chisel.

Circular saw 

A circular saw is also useful for demolition type applications, eg cutting away bracing timber and window bracing.

Diamond Saw 7in Blade    Diamond blade

 

Pillar drill

Wherever possible (ie the lumber is not too long or wide) it is best to use a pillar drill rather than a hand held drill because it makes holes that are exactly 90 degrees to the timber face.  This means the hole is in the same location on the back side as the front side.

Pillar drill 

Belt sander

Belt sander 4"x24"Belt sander

Buscuit joiner

Buscuit joiner Chicago    Buscuit joiner

 

Adjustment

Club hammer

Club hammer    Club hammer

 

 

Ladders

It is worth having a range of ladders of different lengths.  It is best to use a ladder that is not overly big for the application because moving a big heavy ladder is a real pain.

For use with polystyrene walls it is good to make a wooden top cap to spread the weight and avoid denting the polystyrene.

Ladder to cap 

Concrete

Concrete mixer

Concrete Mixer Harbor Freight     Concrete mixer

Concrete nailer

Concrete nailer    Concrete nailer

 

Data electrical

Cable jacket stripper

Cable jacket stripper   Cable jacket stripper

Cat 5/6 tester

Cat 5/6 Tester    Cat 5/6 tester

 

Tiling

Ridgid LevelMax Lippage Reduction System

Ridgid Tile Leveler 

 

 

Safety

Face and breathing protection 

 

Tips

Measure allowing for jigsaw cut width 

Markings on reverse side 

 

Organization

Tool cart

Radio Flyer tool cart   Tool cart

 

Vehicle

Car lift

Car Lift Dannmar 7000X   Car lift

 

My Building Creed

Do a CAD drawing for everything

 

Cut to CAD, not to measure

 

Design from Building Science

 

Stick to commodity products

By that I mean try to avoid using proprietary building products.  Proprietary products are much more expensive because they are single sourced, typically have a design royalty, have the cost of middle men and or a sales network, and have a high shipping cost from their single manufacturing location.

 

 

 

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