Use tape measure with a hook on one end
As a construction worker, you’ll be using measuring equipment almost every day. The primary tool for measuring the length of various objects is the tape measure. This long steel strip is written with measurements on it and has a hook on one end. You might be asking yourself, “What’s this hook for?” In order to use your tape measure properly, you need to understand what that hook is and how it can help you do your job better.
The hook on a tape measure makes it easier to take accurate measurements of things like boards, pipes, and other materials that are hard to get an accurate measurement of length on. It works by getting securely fastened onto the object being measured so you don’t have to worry about holding onto one end while keeping the rest of the strip straight and taut as you measure out its full length.
Keep a sharp blade in your utility knife
- Keep a sharp blade in your utility knife
At the risk of sounding like an after-school special, having a sharp blade in your utility knife is incredibly important. It should go without saying that you should never use a dull blade when cutting drywall, but it still needs to be said: never use a dull blade when cutting drywall. A dull blade can jag and tear the drywall and leave you with an uneven line or hole. You’ll have to put more pressure on the knife which could result in the material tearing or even worse, you could reach too hard and cut yourself!
Make sure that your utility knife is always equipped with a sharp blade for smooth cuts, which will lead to better craftsmanship and higher productivity. To ensure success on these points, try keeping extra blades around so that you can change out as soon as one begins to get dull.
Use a square to align your cuts
You should use a square to align your cuts. While this may seem like common sense, a lot of people make cuts without using a square, and then their work has to be re-done because it was not straight. A square is one of the most basic tools you can use to keep things aligned and straight while making cuts. There are other tools that function in a similar way, such as levels or t-squares, so if you don’t have access to a standard square tool that’s ok! There are alternatives.
You should also make sure that your blade is sharp when making cuts with power saws such as table saws or circular saws. Dull blades will result in raggedy edges and uneven cuts on whatever material you are trying to cut. The first step to knowing if your blade is dull is realizing that dull blades exist at all! The next step is looking for signs of wear on the blade itself; if there are nicks or cracks on the surface of the blade it might be duller than it should be. If these signs aren’t present, another good test is trying out the blade on some scrap material. If you notice uneven cuts or that the material seems harder to cut than usual, then it might be time for a new blade or a sharpened one! To sharpen an old blade simply take some sandpaper (sandpaper grit depends on what type of metal your tool uses) and run it along both sides of the edge facing away from you until they look shiny and refined again.
Mark in pencil
Pencil is a great tool when you’re working on your job. It’s easy to erase if you make a mistake and easy to read when you need to check what it says.
- Pencil is easier to erase than pen.
- Pencil is easier to read than pen.
- Pencil is easier to see in low light conditions, on dark surfaces, and light surfaces.
Make a tool belt
A tool belt is a great way to keep your tools nearby and organized. It saves you from having to go back and forth from your toolbox or truck, and allows you to carry multiple tools at once. A basic tool belt should have a hammer loop, utility knife pouch, tape measure holder, screwdriver loops, plier pouch, pen slot, pencil/marker slots (for writing on blueprints), a phone holster (make sure to get one that keeps it secure—you don’t want it falling out!), nail bags (these are sewn into the fabric of most belts), and pockets for small parts like screws and bolts. You can also add pouches for other items such as wire strippers or snips.
If you want to make your own tool belt instead of buying one online or at a hardware store, here’s how: take three pieces of canvas fabric that are all the same size (the dimensions will depend on how many tools you’ll be carrying) and sew them together around the edges. Once you’ve made the pouch base, attach D-rings along its top edge so that you can hang it from a regular cloth belt; this is what will hold up the weight of your tools when you wear it around your waist. For added strength in any places where there’s heavy stitching that may rip under stress or tears where the fabric is sewn together at the corners, add iron-on mending fabric over those areas—this will help reinforce stress points in the material so they don’t break apart when being used repeatedly.
Label things clearly especially paint and adhesives
When you’re working on a construction job you need to be organized. You need to be able to find what you’re looking for at a moment’s notice, whether it be a tool or that can of paint at the back of the garage. If there is one item that we recommend labeling clearly more than anything else it is paint and adhesives. This stuff is important and if you don’t label it correctly, then you could end up with quite the mess on your hands and even something dangerous for people in your job site.
For example, if two different types of paint are mixed together that can create some nasty fumes. If these fumes aren’t dispersed properly they could cause sickness or even injury to those who breathe them in. In addition to this, adhesives should also be kept well away from other substances since they are extremely difficult to remove once dried onto an object.
Store tools in groups
Here are some tips for grouping tools:
- Group similar tools together. You might want to put your hammers and nails in one group, screwdrivers in another, or even make groups of tools you use for different projects like one group for painting and another for plumbing. It’s up to you.
- Make sure each group is close together. This will make it easier to find what you need without having to go all over the place looking for related items.
- Place them where they’re easy to access while you work. For example, if you’re doing a kitchen renovation, place your painting supplies on the opposite side of the room so they aren’t in the way while you work at putting up backsplash tiles or installing new cabinetry.
- Use toolboxes or buckets with lids to store small groups of items together (e.g., screws). Label everything so that when someone needs something specific they can find it quickly without having to look around too much time-consuming!
Use chalk to mark corners, and levels and measure distances
- Use chalk to mark corners, levels, and measure distances
Chalk is a handy construction tool that you can use to mark levels and corners. Chalk is also good for measuring distances when you need to cut wood. It makes it easier and helps to keep your hands clean from paint or glue. Another thing that makes chalk better than using a pencil or pen is that you can use it on drywall as well.
Double-check your work
- Double-check your work
There’s nothing worse than not getting a job done right, and having to go back and fix it later. Make sure that you’ve done the job correctly, and always leave yourself plenty of time to double-check your work. Don’t leave anything to chance. If you’re unsure if something was done correctly, ask someone else to check up on it. It might also be helpful to create a checklist so that you make sure not to miss anything.
Always leave the job site better than you found it!
Always be sure to clean up your space, including the space where you’ve been working. Don’t leave anything behind! Put all tools back where they belong and make sure the whole job site is safe for everyone. When you’re about to leave, do a final check to make sure everything is as it should be!
With these tips, you can help improve your construction job and make things easier for everyone!
To make your construction job easier, you can do a few things:
- Use a tape measure with the hook on the end.
- Keep a sharp blade in your utility knife.
- Use a square to align your cuts, and mark them in pencil.
- Make yourself a tool belt that has all of the tools you need when you’re doing your job.
- Label everything clearly so that everyone knows what they’re getting—especially paint and adhesives.
- Store tools in groups so that they are easy to find—for example, nails should be next to hammers.