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Choosing the Best Specialty Tools for Plumbing, Electrical and Carpentry Projects

Every homeowner should have a set of the basic tools for those little tasks and projects like hammering in a loose fence board, tightening loose screws and nuts, and measuring things. But there are also specialty tools for carpentry, plumbing, electrical, and gardening uses that can be of tremendous help in tackling many household projects.

Specialty tools for big projects

Here are a few tools for big plumbing, electrical and carpentry projects you might want to consider buying:

  1. Specialty plumbing tools include things like a pipe wrenches in various sizes, a drain snake, a basin wrench, a smooth-jawed adjustable wrench, a pipe cutter, a tubing cutter, a flaring tool, channel lock pliers, and strap wrenches for those big pipes. If you will be working with sweat fittings on copper pipes, a propane torch is a must. Don't forget supplies like Teflon tape, pipe dope, plumber's putty, duct tape, and WD40.
  2. The specialty electrical tools you should have are wire strippers, wire cutters, needle-nose pliers, a circuit tester, a continuity tester, a good multimeter, a soldering iron, and a set of small screwdrivers. You will also need electrical tape, an assortment of wire nuts, and crimp-on lugs (with a crimping tool).
  3. There is an almost unlimited array of specialty carpentry tools, depending on whether you are doing rough carpentry, finish carpentry, or cabinetmaking. Any DIYer should already have saws (hand and power), various size hammers, and a good electric drill. You should also have a plane, a router, at least one electric sander (belt or orbital), a set of wood chisels, and clamps. For more serious carpentry work involving large framing projects, a power nailer is a lifesaver. If you are into cabinet-making or other fine work, a table saw is invaluable. And of course you will need supplies such as sandpaper, caulk, glue, nails, screws, and specialty fasteners such as joist hangers.
  4. In addition to all these specialty tools you need to have a sturdy workbench with an attached vise. For outdoor carpentry projects, a set of sawhorses or a portable worktable like the Black & Decker Workmate is a necessity. You might also consider work lights if you are likely to be doing outdoor projects after dark, and a portable generator if you are building on a remote work site without power.

When buying tools, you should always buy the best quality you can afford. A good, high quality tool can last a lifetime and save you time and money in the long run.