Recommended Home Improvement and Construction Tools

By Todd Fratzel on Power Tools

Power ToolsEvery day readers ask me to recommend home improvement and construction tools. So I’ve decided to start a list of the tools that I use and recommend. Over time I’ll continue adding tools in different categories so you should be able to find a recommendation or two for most any tool you’re looking for advice on. I’m also going to provide a link for each of them to Amazon Tools. Believe it or not I’ve purchased a majority of my tools from Amazon as they typically have the best price and selection.

If you don’t find a tool that you have questions about then send me an email and I’ll gladly give you any advice I have. If you have suggestions for my list by all means pass them along and I’ll try to add tools to the list that I feel are worth including on the list.

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I’ll be adding more tools over time. Most likely I’ll add a section for electrical and plumbing tools along with additions to the current list. What tools do you like? What did I forget?

About the author

Todd Fratzel

I'm full time builder for a large construction company in New Hampshire. I run their design-build division that specializes in custom homes, commercial design-build projects and sub-divisions. I'm also a licensed civil and structural engineer with extensive experience in civil and structural design and home construction. My hope is that I can share my experience in the home construction, home improvement and home renovation profession with other builders and home owners. I'm also the Editor-in-Chief and Founder of Tool Box Buzz. Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions, suggestions or you'd like to inquire about advertising on this site.

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  1. Gene says:

    From the ‘forgot’ category:
    – chalk line
    – levels: torpedo, 2′ and if you’re doing any framing or installing windows or doors, a 4′.

    And especially useful for plumbing (to make sure you’ve got solder all the way around a joint), but useful for all sorts of fixing projects: a small dental-style mirror. Something like this, though a smaller round one is easier to get into small spaces.

  2. paintin08 says:

    I’d suggest adding Purdy’s Cageless Roller Frame.

    This frame allows you to swap out roller-cover frames on the fly, so that you can quickly and easily move from one painting project to the next.

    I found out more about the frames on the Purdy website at

    You can find out where to buy Purdy products there as well.

  3. Baba says:

    Believe it or not I do see a couple of items on that list that Hubby still needs. Though he has done framing and cabinets work for many years now. It takes time to acquire a good set of tools that you love. Thanks for the list.

  4. tony says:

    Might I suggest the NailJack, available at Amazon. It’s a very unique tool designed for pulling nails out of wood and allowing re use of the wood. Go green and give the NailJack as gift, this father’s day.

  5. Brian Hayes says:

    I double the tip for the nailjacks. I got an order a month ago. It’s a new invention that changes the rules for pulling nails. has small videos.

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