As a general contractor, you need to have the tools to handle whatever comes your way. Here are some considerations for the tools each general contractor has in hand.
Carry all original equipment
No matter your area of construction, all general contractors have a few tools in their hands. Basic tools include:
- A hammer (and nails)
- A multi-head manual screwdriver
- The combination plus
- A trim or utility knife
- Mole grips
- Adjustable spanner
- Wood chisel set
A tool belt, toolbox or another carrying device can usually hold the small equipment you need very easily and comfortably.
In addition to hand tools, you should always have measuring equipment. Carry a pencil, a tufted square, a metal ruler, a tape measure and a spirit layer. Here are a few other basic tools to put in your work car:
- Skeleton gun
- Workbench or Trestle
- A ladder
- Light in some form
With all the tools you choose for your business, you probably won’t neglect the very basic tools you’ll need at any time.
Include the most needed power tools
Power tools provide you with a quick and convenient way to do your job. When starting out, having a set of the most common and universal power tools can greatly help you. Like many hand tools, you are going to do power tools that can be useful in different situations under different circumstances.
Some examples of power tools you may want to include:
- Power Drills
- Power nailer
- Swing multiple tools
- Angle grinder
Your main power tool is always the power drill. Your specialty can determine what other types of power tools you have. However, the power drill is one of the most widely used power tools in all contractor fields.
Many modern power drills can come with features that turn them into other types of power tools. For example, many modern power drills can act as electric screwdrivers and impact drivers. Some power drills can provide hammer action.
The more functions you can get from a power tool, the better. Also, consider how you want to power your electrical equipment. You have three primary options:
Shortener: For equipment that requires more bribe and torque
- Cordless: For equipment, you can go with you anywhere.
- Corded: For equipment that requires a continuous power supply.
- Choose the power tools you can work with. Use of pneumatic equipment requires space for a compressor.
Going cordless simply means that you are using a tool that is not strong enough for your needs or you can skip a job gap. A corded tool can severely restrict where you go and may lose some power if not plugged directly into an outlet.