Accessories Every Contractor Needs To Get the Job Done
Most contractors will usually have all the required tools in their kit. So this guide is more about having those unusual tools that save your time and money when they’re present. Whether you’re taking care of the day-to-day tasks yourself or outsourcing them, you need to have some of these tools to save the day — tools that need to be on you at the right place and at the right time or you may lose the gig. It’s time you aim for the sky, invest in the following items, and amp up your clientele:
1. Leather tool belt
A must-have for everybody who needs a couple of accessories on them at all times. You can even buy these leather tool belts for your other workers to help them save time. You could throw your go-to screwdriver in it, pliers, and even hang your wrenches and hammers. The belts are available in different shapes and sizes. You could either go for a belt that goes around your waist only or one that goes over your shoulders like a suspender.
It’s the perfect accessory for any contractor, given that you may have to carry multiple accessories and documents on you at all times!
2. Multi-tip screwdriver
Instead of buying and carrying separate screwdrivers, you can just invest in a multi-tip screwdriver. Not only can you take it to the site easily but even if you have to drop by another location on the same day for a potential gig, you’ll be able to carry it with you. We suggest buying an 11-in-1 tool that has around seven screw tips and four nut drivers. It’ll allow you to handle most challenges that come your way.
A laser level might be too bulky to carry around so you can just buy a bubble level. It’s an instrument designed to indicate whether a surface is as straight or sloppy as you’d like it to be. Comes in real handy whether you’re a woodworker or a tile setter.
4. Tape measure
All sorts of building works require consistent use of measuring tape. It’s like a measuring scale but flexible. They are available in both imperial and metric units and can be as small or large as you’d like them to be. The small ones usually have an auto-pull mechanism that helps save time. Large measuring tapes usually have to be wound back manually after measuring. Nonetheless, it’s an essential gadget for any contractor. You’ll need it to determine the scope of work and how much material will be required.
5. Safety gear
It’s important to have your helmet, gloves, goggles and hearing protection aids with you at all times. Workshops and construction sites are a hub of heavy machinery. It only makes sense that you supervise work whilst wearing safety gear.
6. Voltage tester
Workers are bound to come across wires and abandoned switchboards. It’s important to have a contact-free voltage tester so workers can have some peace of mind while they work. Some of your guys may even deny proceeding forward in case of a potential danger. If you have a non-contact voltage tester, it’ll free you and the others from worrying over a potential electric shock.
Pliers are just as important as screwdrivers and should be a part of your arsenal. You’re going to need them to drive bolts, rip insulation off the wires and even for sharp wooden sheet ends.
The Bottom Line
As a contractor, you must have all the tools and accessories that help grow your business and keep the project stable. In some situations, you’ll probably have to provide your team with the gear. In others, you may only have to provide backup. Either way, it’s important that you’ve got yourself covered from all ends. Make sure to buy the required tools and use the aforementioned accessories with you at all times!