I mostly focus on Building Science & Craftsmanship in my videos, but I have come to realize that I'm a mentor to younger builders across the US. I've had some great older Builders guide me over the years and I thought this video could be helpful to the next generation of Custom/High Performance Builder who is coming up behind me.
Here's my list along with links to Amazon for the items I use on a daily basis. (Full disclosure here, I am an Amazon associate so when you buy from these links I get a referral fee. You'll get the same price.) I like to be prepared and this is the basics but I keep some other things too. Comment below if you see an essential items I've missed!
Yeti's Rambler 20 Mug is fantastic. $30 Double wall insulated so it stays hot, stainless steel so it doesn't retain flavors, and a great cap that allows drinking on the go without fumbling with a moving top.
Tervis Tumber. $17 Again these double wall wonders keep ice for a solid 4-6 hours even in the Texas heat!
Plano Pens Organizer. $4 This little beauty fits perfectly inside the console of my Tundra. Two fit side-by-side.
Laser Pointer – $10 I use this to stand on the ground and tell the gutter guy or tree trimmer what I need done.
First Aid Kit – A good basic kit is a good start but you might add a few items to yours too.
Quick Clot $14 for major accidents – I've added this to my First Aid kit. Praying I never have to use it!
Jumper Cables - $35 Heavy Duty 20' Copper and Heavy Duty. These will jump any truck on your job sites.
Leatherman Skeletool - $45 My favorite among many great Leatherman tools. Love the bottle opener and easy pocket carry.
Surefire Titan LED Flashlight – $75 Newer model than mine. I like that it uses standard AAA batteries at 125 lumens.
Black Diamond Storm Head Lamp $35 I use this flashlight the most! Crawlspaces, Attics, & my deer stand!
ExTech M0220 Moisture Meter - $135 A must have for Builders. Keeping tabs on MC of your framing is essential
ExTech Temp Humidity Pen – $51 Another essential. We must pay attention to Humidity during construction
ExTech Sound Meter – $66 I do a lot of soundproofing and this is essential to verify that we've done it correctly.
Mechanix Wear Gloves – $12 These "Fast Fit" gloves are cheap but terrific. I keep a pair in all my vehicles & toolboxes.
Griot's Garage – Speed Shine is fantastic for any painted surface – Interior Cleaner I use everywhere too. Fantastic Products.
See the whole Griot's Collection on their website. http://www.griotsgarage.com/
Stanley 100' Fat Max Tape – $17 It's essential as a builder to have a long tape for site plans.
I hope this list has helped! Please comment below if you have some better items to add or something I've missed.