MY FAVORITE TOOLS AND MATERIALS
These are the best tools and materials that we have used professionally. Many of these products also have the best value in their field! (The following content contains affiliate links.)
I’ve used Dewalt table saws for years now. Best contractor-grade saws, in my opinion.
This 12″ compound from Dewalt is all the saw that most DIYers will need.
Makita’s circular saw has long been my go-to job site saw. Strong and sturdy!
This Skil is a great, affordable 1/2″ drill for continuous drilling.
I’ve used this Bosch 12-amp router for several years now. Comes with fixed base and plunge!
Makita’s compact router has the most efficiency at the best cost these days.
Compressor / Brad Nailer Combo
Porter Cable has the best package for this combo, at the best price.
Bosch makes a really good 7-amp jigsaw with a ton of top reviews.
I’ve trimmed a lot of doors with this PC dual-port planer.
Milwaukee invented this saw–I think they still do it the best.
Porter Cable has the highest-rated multi-tool, with plenty of attachments!
If you don’t use rotary tools much, you can’t beat Wen’s price for a decent one!
Dewalt’s 20-v lithium ion driver is strong, durable, and highly-rated!
The 20v Dewalt drill performs as highly as their driver–probably the most purchased drill in the U.S.
Save half on both of these with the best all-around drill/driver combo!
Dewalt has blown out competitors with this high-quality 20v kit.
Dremel’s cordless rotary tool kit: low cost, high delivery.
Recip Saw Cordless
For under $100, Dewalt is my choice here.
Estwing’s 16 oz. hammer is under $20 and highly reliable.
Speed squares have many uses–and Swanson’s is the best (under $10!)
Stanley’s Powerlock 25′ outsells every tape measure on the market.
I use Stanley’s knife on every job, and it’s under $5!
The 6-in-1 is the most useful, versatile hand tool every invented!
Klein’s 11-in-1 screwdriver has everything you need, including nut-driver sockets.
A “Cat’s Paw” nail puller is the best tool for prying up embedded fasteners.
Stanley makes a great, affordable 3-chisel set.
Stanley ALSO makes great nail sets, with rubber grips (under $10).
Edward Tools has a great rust-proof 13″ pan here for a great price.
12″ Taping Knife
Level5 makes a really decent 12″ taping knife.
10″ Taping Knife
Warner’s 10″ taping knife is an equally good deal.
8″ Taping Knife
Level5 takes over again with this 8″ bluesteel knife.
I’ve always found a margin trowel very useful for mixing mud!
Dewalt’s multi-part drywall kit here is a great way to get everything in one stroke!
This Occidental Fat Lip is the rig I’ll probably die in. Truly pro class (though pricey).
A belt that luxurious needs something fancy to keep it up!
A $20 leather apron belt is all most DIYers really need. Versatile and tough.
Exterior-grade screws are strong and handy for many outdoor projects.
Drywall screws, on the other hand, can handle most indoor projects just fine.
A multi-pack of 18-gauge brad nails will take you a long way!
Titebond 2 is the best all-purpose wood glue. Indoor and outdoor.
Gorilla super glue is the fastest, strongest project adhesive around.
Two-part epoxy is crazy strong, and it can fill gaps!
6′ Step Ladder
Werner’s 6′ fiberglass step ladder is light and multi-functional.
8′ Step Ladder
I’ve been using this 8′ Louisville for a long time.
Rubbermaid’s 3-step stool is perfect for reaching things under 8′.
Rare Earth Magnets
These ultra-strong magnets are useful in many DIY projects.