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Construction tools play an important role in any construction work as they provide a good finish and ease of work by reducing manual man work which takes more time as well as money.
Tools have been integral to the construction of buildings, from the earliest use of timber, bone, antler, stone, and so on for cutting, scraping, chopping, hammering, and moving, to the development of modern power tools enabling construction activities to be performed more quickly, accurately and safely.
Types Of Construction Tools
There are different types of construction tools and equipment used in construction. Tools may be general tools such as shovels and hammers, or specialist tools such as electrical tools or measuring devices. Some tools are multi-functional.
Tools are majorly divided into 3 categories
- Hand Tools
Hand tools are simple tools that you use with your hands. Hand tools are any tool that is powered by hand rather than a motor. Examples of hand tools are screwdrivers, brushes, trowels, wrenches, knives, crimpers, clamps, etc.
- Power Tools
A power tool is a tool that is actuated by an additional power source such as liquid fuel, hydraulic power, etc, and a mechanism other than the solely manual labor used with hand tools. Examples of power tools are saws, cutters, drills, grinders, guns, breakers, etc.
- Machine Tools
Various machines can be used to shape materials by cutting, boring, or grinding. They’re powered by something other than human muscle, and they’re often used in manufacturing. The definition of a machine tool can vary with each user.
List of Smart Construction Tools for Contractors
Hammers are arguably the most iconic tool and are used for pushing in nails, which serve as connecting lynchpins for planks of wood.
A wrench is a metal tool that normally comes sized for a particular type of nut or bolt. The metal edges of the open head can grip a given size of nut tightly, which allows the contractor to tighten or loosen a nut by twisting the tool.
Manual or hand saws are stapled construction tools that can cut lumber and, in rare cases, thin metal like aluminum. Saws are characterized by blades of metal with a row of wedged teeth that create incisions every time you pull the saw up and push it back down.
A screwdriver is a tool, manual or powered, used for driving screws. A typical simple screwdriver has a handle and a shaft, ending in a tip the user puts into the screw head before turning the handle.
A square is a tool used for marking and referencing a 90° angle, though meter squares are used for 45° angles. Squares see common use in woodworking, metalworking, construction, and technical drawing. Some squares incorporate a scale for measuring distances (a ruler) or for calculating angles.
Powered saws are similar to their manual counterparts, but can be wired or wireless. They can cut through workpieces with electric power and thus spin or slice at faster-than-human speeds.
Power drills are fantastic construction tools that come in both corded and cordless varieties. Both use power to rapidly rotate a drill bit to carve a small hole in a material, like wood or metal.
A router tool “routes” a specific spot in wood or plastic, essentially hollowing out a small space in a hard material using a rotating drill bit. They are primarily useful for woodworking and carpentry.
A sander is a finishing tool for carpentry work. It’s characterized by an abrasive belt that is stretched between two drums on either side of the sander tool.
Shop Vacs and Blowers
A shop vac is a powerful vacuum with a big reservoir that can suck up water, debris, and anything else using a long hose that more often than not comes with a variety of attachments.
Most contractors and professionals will need writing materials like pencils and chalk. These are good not only for signing contracts but also for marking out measurements, such as in carpentry, or for marking the length of pipe needed for a maintenance order for a plumbing job.
Batteries and Extension Cords
Extension cords or cables are ideal for extending how far a given generator can provide power to a power tool or device. For instance, contractors can use them to power a tool on the second floor of the house even if the generator is on the first floor.
Ladders are key construction accessories that are required for contractors or roofers to reach their targets. They can be leaned against buildings and used as climbing apparatuses to achieve greater heights.
A voltage checker is a basic handheld sensor that, when the sensor head is placed next to a power outlet or electrical device, can check a current’s voltage.
A multimeter can measure the voltage, current, and resistance of a device like a battery. It’s necessary for some types of contracting work and can be helpful for DIY home repairs, such as fixing a thermostat or another home appliance.
Proper use of appropriate equipment contributes to the Economy, Quality, Speed, timely completion of the project and the safety of construction workers. Construction tools and equipment are a very important part of any construction process.
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