List of Tools for Construction

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Whether you are a professional contractor or just a homeowner looking to put on a new addition in your spare time, you need a variety of tools to get the different tasks done.

If you're performing specialised work such as carpentry or masonry, you may deal with a smaller number of tools, but even within specialised fields the equipment list can be extensive.

Tape Measure

A tape measure is one of the essential tools for construction work. Its retractable and lockable tape allows easy vertical, horizontal and depth measurements.

Combination Square

The combination square is essential for marking items that need to be cut to size. The combination square often replaces the smaller tri-square because it has a level built into the handle.


A hacksaw is useful tool because it can cut not just wood but metal and vinyl. Adjustable blades add to its versatility. According to "The Complete Illustrated Guide to Everything Sold in Hardware Stores and Garden Centers," the adjustable blade should be finer as the material you saw gets thinner.

Claw Hammer

A claw hammer is handy on construction sites, whether the job calls for light or heavy fastening. Balance is an important element for using this versatile tool that drives nails with the flat side and pulls them out with the double-pronged side.


Construction work simply cannot get done without an entire set of screwdrivers designed to meet specific purposes. You'll need several sizes of flat head and Phillips screwdrivers. Speciality tools include a ratchet screwdriver, stubby screwdriver and electric screwdriver.


Wood chisels should only be used for cutting wood and they only occasionally need to be struck with a mallet. Carving work for a construction site should be done with just the hands and a wood chisel. A cold chisel is used for cutting or forming other materials such as metal, bricks and concrete.

Cordless Power Drill

The cordless power drill is an essential tool for construction roofing work and other places where electrical cords present a problem. You should always have a completely charged spare battery in order to continue working with a cordless drill when the power runs dry.

Plasterer's Trowel

A plasterer's trowel is used for applying plaster or cement to walls. This large trowel can also be used for smoothing plaster once it has become firm.

Reciprocating Saw

The reciprocating saw is useful because of the versatility afforded by its various blades designed for difficult cuts on metal, wood and plastic.

Concrete Mixer

The concrete mixer is a heavy-duty tool capable of mixing large amounts of concrete. It may be gasoline-powered or electric. Don't forget: The drum must be cleaned immediately after use and before hardened cement can cause damage.