Power Tools


Will be undertaking finishing basement area soon. Need to install studs, headers and sub flooring. 2X4 construction. Looking for recommendations from the group for appropriate power tools to facilitate the job. Already have circular, jig saws.
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Mike
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It would be nice to have a small compressor and a nail gun if you have a lot of framing to do. A compressor is always handy to have but a framing nail gun is limited in use. Look on ebay for one and sell it after the project is over if you won't be using it much. A cordless drill for sheetrock screws would be nice, along with the right driver to set the depth properly. Miter saw if you have to cut a lot of studs to length and a lot of trim. If you are using it for framing, plan to spend $100 for a cheaper model, but if you plan to build furniture in the future, spend $300 or more for a better one.
If you don't have them already, be sure you have a pair of sawhorses too.
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One of those reciprocating saws would be useful,too. It's like a more powerful jigsaw with a 6" long blade,for sawing thru studs,headers,PVC and copper pipes,etc. More maneuverable than a jigsaw,cuts thicker workpieces,gets into tighter spaces than a circ saw.
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On 28 Feb 2007 18:48:32 -0800, snipped-for-privacy@gmail.com wrote:

A shot pin gun is handy for pinning the sole plates down to the concrete floor. Get ear and eye protection. It is also hard to beat a cordless screw gun/drill. You probably want a corded drill too for things that really need power like drilling big holes for plumbing and wiring. If you are doing your own wiring get a good pair of electrician pliers and a stripper. A couple tape measures (you will lose one) and a string line/chalk line is important for the layout along with a framing square and a good level..
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On 28 Feb 2007 18:48:32 -0800, snipped-for-privacy@gmail.com wrote:

Hi Mike
Before the power tools, I would purchase a building code book and familiarize your self with the basics. Then apply for a permit. The inspector will insure that you done the job properly.
It helps to sketch out what you want to do on graph paper.
A good drill,tape, pencil, square, level, skilsaw and a couple sawhorses is all you need really unless your project is massive.
For the gyproc, consider offering to help a pro, if it's your first time.
For the electrical, you could run the wire, and have an electrician do the final hookups. Ensure you read the part about height and number of boxes per room etc.
Personally I would have the electrician set up all the wiring. Of course this needs to be inspected and passed before you close up the walls and ceiling
While the walls are open, consider the phone hookups, the cat5 wiring, or speaker wiring etc, etc.
Regards Dale
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snipped-for-privacy@gmail.com wrote:

I would suggest that you have all you really need now. If as you are working you find you really want or need additional tools, then that might be the best time to buy them. The only power tool I would take to the job as you describe it would be the circular saw, a good one.
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A Hilti gun is kinda a must.
Don
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Don Doherty wrote:

A cheap hammer drill from Menards ~$29 and some tap con screws. I like them better than the hilti on old and new construction.
Rich
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If this is a "one time" thing stay away from the cordless tools. In a year from now after sitting you'll go to use them and they will be shot.

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