Even the pros can benefit from some new tips and tool uses. Whether you are a contractor, builder, plumber or an electrician you can certainly benefit from using these tips and tricks on the job.
1. Prep before Hoisting Solo:
While solo projects, or parts of job may be unavoidable, there is a way to make driving in fasteners while hoisting a piece of material much easier. Instead of holding up your material with one hand and trying to start a screw or nail hole with the other, save yourself some time and energy by starting each needed screw hole prior to hoisting up your material. This allows you to hold the material up while driving in fasteners much faster and easier.
2. Cut-Proof Padlock:
With thieves and criminals getting craftier, it is hard to find a good padlock these days that will withstand a typical thief with a pair of bolt cutters. Master Lock designed a pro series built to withstand bolt cutters, cutting down on items stolen from a jobsite. Additionally, if the locking space allows a U-lock designed to lock a bike, this is another great lock that can withstand a bolt cutter.
3. Get yourself a Tweel:
Never get a flat tire on the job again with a tweel. For all the professional landscapers and farmers out there, the John Deere ZTrak 900 commercial mower just got a lot better. Now you can get some Michelin X Tweel tires for your mower that will never go flat. Ride much smoother and take it easy on your back with tweels. With no more down time repairing flat tires, your job site is sure to move along a lot smoother. Although this set up will cost a bit to get going, the tweels are designed to last as long as three sets of normal tires.
4. Don’t Stress Shingles:
Finding the right conditions to remove and repair shingles can be a nightmare, especially in Alaska. With hot days making shingles soft and breakable and cold days freezing shingles, it can be stressful to make repairs during any time of year. So if you find yourself needing to make some repairs in less-than-ideal conditions, consider purchasing The Roof Snake by PacTool International. This tool is designed to make shingles repairs easy for any weather condition. By prying up surrounding shingles a little bit to remove the nails from the damaged shingle, you can pull the old one out and slide in a new one easily. Once the new shingle is in place, slide the tool under the overlapping shingle and hit the tool with your hammer to get the nail started. Then pull the slot free and finish pounding the nail in. With less prying directly on the nails, the shingle is less likely to break.
5. I.D Your Batteries:
Most contractors will have multiple of every battery for every tool they own so that a dead battery never slows down a job. Spend less time determining which battery you just used, and which one has been freshly charged by simply painting numbers on each one. Either with some nail polish or a little extra paint lying around the shop, this trick is quick, easy and will save you time on the job.
6. Propane vs. Gas:
For your portable generator needs, the question always comes down to a gas-powered versus propane-powered. While the difference in price for each fuel per gallon may help make your decision, consider the cost and time it will take to maintain each machine based on which fuel you plan to use. With gas, it must be changed out every few months and stored in very particular, stable environments. Additionally, you’d need to keep an eye on it and add a stabilizer when needed to keep the gas good and safe to use. Propane stores indefinitely and won’t gum up your machine with old gasoline. Additionally, refueling is easier and safer because all you have to do is replace an empty tank with a full one.
7. You Already Own a Power Scraper:
If you are looking to remove some glued-down carpeting or vinyl flooring, try using a tool you might already own. Take your reciprocating saw and turn it into a power scraper with the Spyder Scraper blade. Although this blade (2-4 in is recommended) isn’t tough enough for concrete or tile, it will do a nice job with smaller projects on the job. Don’t push too hard though, let the tool do its job by holding it at a low angle or you run the risk of chewing through a wood subfloor.
8. DIY Gear Stand:
This is a great, small and cheap item that every professional should have in their toolbox. Go and buy some flexible gear ties at the local hardware store to repurpose as small gear stands. Just bend the tie to the shape you need to hold a small flashlight at the right angle when working in tight spaces.
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