What is in Tools

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What is in Tools

What is in Tools is the ability to do the job correctly, efficiently, professionally, and on schedule.  Every tradesman must have his proper tools in order to perform his trade in a productive, and profitable manner.

For our purposes we will be covering physical tools needed to take on and accomplish different jobs.

Every homeowner, and do it yourselfer needs the right tools to accomplish projects, and upgrade, and maintain their homes.

Every trade, and blue collar occupation requires the correct tools to set themselves up in business, or to qualify to work for most companies.

A Plumber must have his plumbing tools like pipe wrenches, pipe threaders, saws, drain snakes, seat wrenches, o-ring picks, basin wrenches, and many more.

The Carpenter needs his power saws, levels, files, hammers, measuring tape, utility knife, jig, and many others.

The Auto Mechanic has a tool chest full of tools that includes impact wrenches, oil pressure gauges, oil filter wrenches, alignment tools, spark plug sockets, and socket wrenches, and many more.

What is in Tools

There are even many white collar occupations where tools are an integral part of the profession, such as dental tools for the Dentist, and surgical tools for the Surgeon.

These types of employment necessitate an investment in their respective tools before they can begin to generate business, and launch their careers.

The Evolution of Tools

Tools have been around since the beginning of time. Even the earliest man used crude tools to assist him with hunting, gathering, and shelter building.

Crude cutting implements called flakes were made by simply taking one rock and pounding on another flat rock. These sharp remnants were used on the ends of sticks to make spears and arrows for hunting prey, as well as for warfare.

Today’s advanced tools allow us to accomplish tasks much more quickly, and with a greater degree of precision, and accuracy than ever before.

Tools like the hand saw have evolved into the power saw, and chain saw.  The hammer and nail can now be utilized as one step with a nail gun.

Screwdrivers that required slow twisting of the hand and arm to remove, and insert screws, have been replaced with electric drills that can do the job in a small fraction of the time, and save wear and tear on the muscles, and joints of the hand and arm.

Measuring tapes, and rulers have evolved into laser devices which shoot a stream of light, and provide exact distance from one point to another almost instantly.

As a result of these, and many other modern tools, jobs can be accomplished much more quickly, and more accurately, which enables the tradesman to increase his income, and pass his savings along to his customers, and thus improving the economy, which is a win win win situation.

What is in Tools

Must Have Tools for the DIY RE Investor or House Flipper

Since this is a website that is primarily focused on foreclosures, and other forms of real estate, and related topics, I would be remiss if I didn’t emphasize the importance of, and the specific tools that every real estate investor or house flipper must have.

If you are a real estate investor that works on your own properties in order to rehab them for resale, or if you have a work crew that you need to buy tools for, or if you are a homeowner that likes to do upgrades, and other work on your house yourself, there are tools that you must have in order to accomplish these and other jobs.

If you are involved in this aspect of real estate investing, the importance of having the right tools cannot be overstated.  This list is of the most basic, must have tools.

Depending on the amount of rehab, renovation work you intend to do will dictate if you can justify moving up to electric tools, and power tools, which will make your jobs, and life easier in most cases.

Tool Pouch  Every good rehabber will have a tool pouch to carry his various tools in, so that he can have his basic tools at the ready for whatever need arises.  These pouches are usually made of leather, and come in various shapes, sizes, and openings.

Levels  A good level is needed if you are building a shed, an outbuilding, a bar, a wall, a fence, or anything that will need a precise horizontal measurement or a vertical plumb.

Chalk Line  This comes in handy for creating a straight line on wood or other surface that you would like to cut or follow.

Tape Measure  There are many applications for a tape measure.  This tool is needed to get accurate measurements for everything from granite counter tops to a rough in(distance from the wall to the center of the hole in the ground) for a toilet.

Hand Stapler or Staple Gun  This is useful to staple plastic to outside or windows for insulation, and if you want to staple plastic or tarps to make a dust shield to protect items inside the home.

Pry Bars and Crow Bars  These versatile tools come in handy if you need to remove paneling, counters, drywall, or any of dozens of other items that are nailed, screwed, or glued to surfaces.

Pry bars tend to be smaller for lighter jobs, and the larger, heavier crow bars do the trick for the bigger, more demanding applications.

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Stud Finder  This tool allows you to locate studs in the wall so that you can hang pictures on solid backing, and if you have an in-the-wall safe so that it can be secured to the studs on either side to provide good security.

Utility Knife  In the process of rehabbing a home, you will come across numerous things that will need to be cut like rope, string, tape, plastic, and more.  This knife can also be retracted into it’s handle for safety.

Caulking Gun  This handy tool allows you to place tubes of caulk or sealant within it, and makes it easy to apply caulk precisely around a bathroom tub or to apply sealant around windows, for instance. Caulking guns come in a few different sizes, but the smaller one is utilized for most jobs.

Framing Square and Combination Square  These are needed for laying, and framing stairs and rafters, for use as a straight edge, for finding right angles, as well as other uses.

Vice Grips  This versatile tool has many uses. It is adjustable, and provides a strong locking vice that makes turning, and removing items much easier.

Saw  A hacksaw, and a keyhole saw will handle many minor cutting or sawing jobs for you.  If you need to cut lumber or other types of milled wood, you should consider a power saw.

Hammer  The trusty hammer helps out both building and tearing up or tearing down.

Screwdriver  Another basic must have tool.  I suggest buying a screwdriver with at least the two interchangeable bits, the common slotted head screwdriver, and the Philips head screwdriver.

It is possible to find screwdrivers that have 5 or 6 different interchangeable bits right in the handle.

Adjustable Wrench  With the adjustable wrench you will have less need to buy a complete set of different sized wrenches.  You can adjust the wrench to fit the size of bolt that you are working with.

Adjustable Pliers  Also called slip joint pliers, these open to different sizes, and are needed when gripping pliers are called for larger applications.

Extension Cord  A heavy duty extension cord at least 25 feet long will suffice for the majority of home projects.

Putty Knife A few different sized putty knives will allow you to perform scraping, and drywall hole repairing.

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Drill and Drill Bits  If you can justify spending more money, buying a good electric or portable battery powered drill can make many jobs a lot easier, and faster.

Impact Driver  If you will be working with a lot of screws, and a higher volume of work, an impact driver provides more torque for heavier duty jobs. These also come as electric, and portable battery powered options.

Tool Box  A nice, portable, small to medium sized tool box will be needed to help keep your tools organized, in one place, and easy to transport.

What is in Tools – Conclusion

What is in Tools is the ability to do the job correctly, efficiently, professionally, and on schedule.  Every tradesman must have his proper tools in order to perform his trade in a productive, and profitable manner.

Tools have been around since the beginning of time. Even the earliest man used crude tools to assist him with hunting, gathering, and shelter building.

As a result of modern tools, jobs can be accomplished much more quickly, and more accurately than ever before which enables the tradesman to increase his income, and lower resulting costs to his customers.

If you are involved in rehabbing, renovating, or upgrading real estate, the importance of having the right tools cannot be overstated.

The basic, must have tools are: tool pouch, level, hammer, screwdriver with interchangeable bits, vice grips, chalk line, tape measure, stud finder, staple gun, pry bar, crow bar, saw, adjustable wrench, adjustable pliers, extension cord, putty knife, drill and drill bits, impact wrench, and tool box.

Thank you for reading, What is in Tools.  Feel free to leave your comments, suggestions, and questions below. I will respond to you directly. Please also feel free to share on social media by clicking the buttons below.  Good luck with your projects.  Tom

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2 thoughts on “What is in Tools”

  1. I can get a use of that tool box! I myself is a Luthier (A person who repair,service guitar) I have a few tool box full of equipment. I do need this tool box to help me organized my tools .
    Great article!

    1. Hi Jonathan, thank you for your comments. That is a very interesting trade you have. Yes, that tool box will be a big help to you. Good luck, Tom

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