5 Essential Tools Every Commercial Contractor Should Use

Every building project varies, but some things are always the same on a construction site, whether it’s residential or commercial construction.

Like other general contractors, Leon Williams Contractors does a variety of projects, from banks, to churches, to restaurant and retail construction. There are a few tools of the trade that we make sure our crew members always have ready to go. No matter what each job demands of us, or how each project may vary, these basic essentials always come in handy on a construction site.

Here are 5 essential tools every commercial contractor should use:

  1. Claw Hammer: It’s one of the simplest tools, used by construction professionals and every handyman working around the house. The claw hammer allows you to pound nails into wood with one side, and remove them with the other. It’s not the most high-tech of tools, but it’s a handy classic to have in your tool box.
  2. Power Drill: At some point on a construction project, we’ll need to drill a hole, and a good power drill will get the job done, whether the hole is going into wood, sheet metal, brick, or any other material.
  3. Philips and Flat Head Screwdrivers and Screws: Screws are an essential item for holding things together on a construction project, and we use them a lot in our work. We keep a variety of screwdrivers around, different sizes of both flat head and Philips head, and manual and power options to fit any screws we might use.
  4. Saws: A construction project usually requires a variety of saws for cutting different building materials. Table saws and jigsaws are always present on a construction site, and will cut just about anything – but they’re hard to move around. A power circular saw is more portable, and some construction workers like to keep a manual hand saw in their tool box.
  5. Measures and levels: The last thing you want on a construction project is to finish everything, only to find out your building is crooked. Commercial contractors are careful to measure everything and double check to ensure materials are the right length and placed properly so as to be even and level. Accurate measurements save money, time – and frustration!

Commercial construction sites also require big equipment like bulldozers and cranes – but when it comes to what each contractor needs in his or her personal tool box or tool belt, these are just a few of the essentials.

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