Tools & Materials
Pro Products, Tools & Gear Vol. 1
Do you reach a zen-like state running a well-designed tool that executes its job perfectly? Do you geek-out when you find that perfect problem-solving product that makes your working-life easier? And do you get a warm fuzzy feeling inside working with high-quality building materials that actually live up to the manufacturer’s claims? If you answered yes to any of these questions, check out these genuine recommendations for products, tools and gear from real pros working in the jobsite trenches.
Fast Cap zero clearance tape
The new zero clearance tape from Fast Cap is designed to reduce chip-out and provide a precise line of reference for your cut. So far it has been worth the five bucks I paid.
Submitted by Alan Muncey (@thepeicarpenter)
Sioux Chief plumbing products
Another great product from Sioux Chief! Clean look and they’re removable to replace if needed! Perfect hammer arrester solution for the situation where the washer needs to go back tight without bending the hoses at a hard angle.
Pactool Gable Scribe
Once I dial in the right angle, the thing works as a great cutting scribe. Sometimes it feels like I’m cheating, but hey I bought the thing so I guess that makes me smart 🙂 They cost about $90. Check out the demo.
Submitted by @selectaprime
SawStop cabinet saw
One of the many reason I feel the SawStop cabinet saw is one of the best out there is how good the dust collection is. Check out this video to see it in action. There’s a decent amount of dust down in the saw, and when I blow it around with compressed air it stirs it up and is immediately sucked down in to the dust chute. You can see it swirling in. It’s my favorite tool in the shop! They run just under $3000.
Submitted by Nate (@builtby_N8)
THE trashbag solution
I can’t be the only person who knows about this thing! The KWIKCAN! The most genius stinkin’ trash can in existence! Certainly one of my favorite/most useful on-site tools. It’s sooo simple. So quick to set up (as the name may suggest). It takes up no space in the work van. I simply don’t know how I disposed of off-cuts and miscellaneous construction debris before the Kwikcan. When I’m installing trim or built-ins, one of these bad boys lives under my chop saw. I usually have another one around, as well, to keep the work area clean as we go. On today’s job, I forgot both of them and I was mad. Go get six of these right now. Expect to pay about $15 each.
Submitted by @somershandbuilt
Cold weather savior
This is about the only corded tool we use anymore. We keep it plugged into a cord and put caulking tubes, spare gloves, glue, rolls of Zip tape, or whatever we want to keep warm. It does its job and 5 years later is going strong. It was and is worth the $95 we paid. According to Arctic Warmers it keeps the inside temp about 115° (46°C)
Submitted by Tim Uhler (@awesomeframers)
Dry feet = happy feet
A boot drier may be one of the worlds greatest inventions for cold weather. Wet feet no more! There are several good ones available at sporting goods stores and online for less than $50.
Submitted by Southside Lanscaping Company (@southsidelco)
Ratcheting Right Angle Driver
I install A LOT of hardware. That makes this offset ratcheting screwdriver an absolute necessity. A set can cost as little as $10.
Submitted by Jeff Krug (@krug_carpentry)