Building Your Shed – List of Tools Needed to Build a Shed
When you are building a shed yourself, it is important to get the tools you need together before you start.
The first tool you need to begin your project is a good set of construction plans. Very few people have the necessary skills to build a shed from scratch without some kind of plans. Investing in good tools ensures a better job, saving time and money. Without a good plan, your project could take considerably longer at best and at worst take on nightmare proportions.
When you begin with your plans, it is then a simple matter to be able to purchase the correct amount and type of timbers and the hardware required for your project, knowing that there will be little waste and that your structure will be building code compliant.
To build your shed you will need good quality tools and at the very least, you will need a circular saw, a power drill, a good quality hammer and a number of hand-tools like pliers, screwdrivers and wrenches. You will also need other equipment like a level, a setsquare and a chalk line for leveling the building.
If the foundation you build is a concrete one, you will also need a shovel, a post-hole digger, either a wheelbarrow to mix the concrete in or a small powered concrete mixer (sometimes hired or borrowed). A good strong pair of work gloves are essential when working with concrete, so get at least one pair.
Once you have built your shed, it will require some kind of finish, so you will also require painting equipment. You will need paint brushes or a paint sprayer.
A reciprocating saw is very useful for those tricky cuts when the wood is in place, but is not a necessity.
This is a basic list of tools needed to build a shed, but the most important tool of all of them is a set of plans. A good set of plans will include all the cut sizes you need and a complete materials and hardware list that you can take with you to the lumberyard to get quotes. They can even cut all the timber for you for a small cost saving you significant time and money by removing the need to purchase some of the more expensive tools that you may not have.
Having a comprehensive list of materials, tools and equipment will enable you to have everything you need before you begin, so that you can work uninterrupted and make good progress with your shed.