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What tools to order for a tool grant?

dylhill28 | Posted in General Questions on

Our Habitat affiliate (Greenville, SC) just received a $12,000 tool grant, and we are trying to figure out how to best utilize these funds. Obviously, only we know what we already have and therefore what we need. But we really don’t need that much right now, and I wanted to see if anyone had suggestions…maybe a tool that most people may not know about, tools that you have found to be critical to have on the jobsite.

In addition to new construction, we also do weatherizations and repairs, so we have already put in for an infrared camera. Do you all have anything in mind?

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  1. STEPHEN SHEEHY | | #1

    Given that volunteers are typically involved, I'd say a Sawstop contractor's saw would be a good choice. Maybe a track saw. Generator. If you don't already have one, a good sliding compound miter saw with stand. Staging.

  2. Jon_R | | #2

    A micromanometer so that you can check pressure balances.

  3. user-2310254 | | #3

    What about blower door and the training to use it? How do you transport the tools you have? A moisture meter for checking lumber would be handy as well.

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    Martin Holladay | | #4

    I agree with Stephen: pipe staging.

  5. dankolbert | | #5

    Depending on what type of weatherstripping you're doing, we've found this corner groover to be a terrific way to weatherseal old doors and windows.

  6. charlie_sullivan | | #6

    A blower door (comment 2) typically comes with a micromanometer (comment 3).

    Dan, the corner groover looks like a great tool. I didn't know that existed!

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