Tools You Must Have in Construction
Constructing a building is a very complicated process involving many stages. Even when we discount the heavily software-based work of planning, we still have the actual building work. And there, one has to use the proper tool for each task, or else jury-rigging it may mean someone’s death even. So, today, we will describe a few of the most important tools used in the construction industry.
The construction work involves tasks like concreting, masonry, leveling, wood works, floor works, slab works, brick laying, plastering etc. For each of those tasks, there are one or multiple very specific tools. Below, we will talk about some of these.
List of common construction tools:
2. Boning rod
3. Brick hammer
4. Bump cutter/screed
6. Circular saw
7. Concrete mixer
8. Cordless drill
10. Digging bar
11. End frames
14. Hand saw
17. Iron pan
18. Jack plane
20. Line and pins
21. Mason’s square
22. Measuring box
23. Measuring tape
24. Measuring wheel
25. Pick axe
26. Plumb bob
27. Plumb rule
29. Putty knife
31. Rubber Boots
32. Safety glasses
33. Safety helmet
34. Sand screen machine
36. Sledge hammer
38. Spirit level
39. Straight edge brushes
40. Tile cutter
44. Wheel barrow
A few of the most important tools in the above list are discussed below.
Wheelbarrow: It is a human-driven transport used to carry various building materials.
Wedge: Small, very hard and sharp metal blade, looks like a long thin arrowhead in cross section. Used to split hard materials like bricks or rock using a hammer on it.
Vibrator: a machine to shake the liquid concrete and thus make it uniform and bubble-free.
Trowel: A very important tool used to apply small amount of mortar. It looks somewhat like a short, flattened steel spoon with a wooden handle. The point of the trowel may be sharp or blunted according to situation.
Streight Edge Brush: A flat, wide, hard brush used to apply finishing quality to plaster.
Spirit Level: A very important tool to see if an object is being built perfectly horizontally or vertically or not. Often it is a long scale with one or more transparent tubes in it, which are filled with some light liquid and a single air bubble. The tubes are slightly convex, so at the perfect horizontal, the bubble will rest at the precise middle of the tube where it is marked.
Spade: the universal soil digger is also used here, especially in the starting times in construction. Construction work spades are generally built sturdier and heavier than common garden spades.
Sledge hammer: a very important multipurpose tool in construction these are essentially great big heavy hammers used to break down heavy surface.
Safety Helmet: one of the tools you don’t actually work with but must have equipped at all times in the construction sites, this hard hat can save your life.
Safety Glasses: like above, these hard plastic glasses can save your life – at least your eyes.
Rubber Boots: protects your feet and much of the pants from dirt and concrete.
Polisher: A machine to provide the final smooth finish to floors (in general). Different attachments provide different kinds of polish.
Plumb Bob and Rule: Simple tool set to check the vertical alignment of an object; this is essentially a heavy little ball hanging by a durable string. The rule provides additional visual help.
Measuring Wheel: One of the most common tools used in pre-construction surveying. The wheel is “walked” and its revolutions give the length walked. Used for large projects mostly.
Measuring Tape: This bundle of tape with measure units printed on it is insanely useful in every kinds of work that needs measurements, not just construction.
Mason’s Square: also called just an “L” in many places, it does look like a big metal L (often painted bright red for visibility) and used to achieve a perfect right angle.
Ladder: everybody knows ladders. When you are building up, you have to climb something, right?
Hoe: just like spades, this is another very common tool used work soil. Except here the blade is at a right angle to the handle. Commonly seen at small amount of mortar or concrete mixing.
Gloves: this is another safety equipment when you don’t want your hands damaged.
Float: essentially a flat smoot wooden plate with a handle on its back, this light little tool is used to smoothen surfaces made with mortar or concrete.
Drills: many kinds of drills are used in construction industry – from giant earth-piercing needles to small battery-operated machines to fix screws.
Circular saw: in a construction site you often need to cut up stuff like stone slabs or tiles, and a circular saw makes short work of it. Just watch your finger.
Chisel: when you need to etch out some precise, manual work on hard objects, you need this hard, flat blade with a thick wooden handle ready to accept hammer blows.
Brick Hammer: steel hammer with an extra sharp head to make bricks behave as they should.