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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


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


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



Club hammer

Club hammer    Club hammer




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 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



Ridgid LevelMax Lippage Reduction System

Ridgid Tile Leveler 




Face and breathing protection 



Measure allowing for jigsaw cut width 

Markings on reverse side 



Tool cart

Radio Flyer tool cart   Tool cart



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.