What's in your toolbox? - October - November 2016 - Pro Construction Guide

What’s in your toolbox? – October – November 2016

toolbox_davemcguirkDavid McGuirk has been doing renovation and painting work for years − including building his own house after
marrying at 19. He’s now a site supervisor with Haston General Contracting, a one-stop shop that handles large and small jobs, including carpentry, plumbing, electricity and drywall.

With its devotion to honesty, hard work and efficiency, Haston has grown to nearly 100 employees since it was founded just four years ago.

“We do what we say we’re going to do, and we do it without cutting corners. If I find out someone did cut corners, we tear it out and do it over again,” says McGuirk. In fact, he says, Haston is often hired to fix jobs other companies didn’t do correctly.

Instead of cutting costs for the sake of giving customers low estimates, McGuirk recommends being upfront about costs. “What’s happening in the industry is every customer is looking for the lowest possible price,” he says. “Don’t try to bid to get a job, but tell the customer what needs to be done. If you cut corners to save money, you end up not doing the best job.” McGuirk is also pastor of Southside Church in Charlotte.


toolbox_sonicrafterRockwell 20V lithium-ion cordless Sonicrafter kit #RK2863K
“The hyperlock on this oscillating multi-tool makes it easier to reconnect with new blades. Depending on the blade, it can cut through anything, even metal. It’s great for cutting plywood in straight lines from the base line.”

toolbox_portercablePorter-Cable 12-amp 4-inch x 24-inch belt sander #362

“When leveling floors, we have to make sure the plywood we put down is perfectly level with the other pieces. If it’s not, we use this Porter-Cable heavy-duty belt sander to sand it down a bit.”

toolbox_glovesFirm Grip general purpose gloves #2001L

“These Firm Grip natural pull gloves with firm grip fit your hand better than other types. When a glove is too loose, it makes it harder to pick things up, so it’s best to have a tighter fit.”

toolbox_empireEmpire 72-inch aluminum box level #860.72
“I use a 6-foot level whenever we hang doors because shows the whole reveal of the door. If you use a 4-foot one, you have to do the bottom first and then the top. With a 6-foot model, you can stick it on and do the whole thing at once.”


toolbox_makitaMakita 18V LXT lithium-ion ⅜-inch cordless impact wrench #XWT06Z

“This Makita impact wrench charges faster than the other model I own. That’s so important on an impact wrench because I’m re-screwing a lot of floors and subfloors.”

toolbox_ladderWerner 10-foot fiberglass step ladder with 300-pound load capacity #NXT1A10

“We use Werner for all our ladders, including 4- to 12-foot stepladders and 20- to 40-foot A-frame extension ladders. We like the orange ones, which are rated to hold more weight. They’re good, sturdy ladders.”

toolbox_boschBosch 120V ½-inch corded hammer drill #1191VSRK

“I like the feel of this Bosch hammer drill because the body of it is really easy to hold. I usually use it when drilling through concrete because it cuts through thick concrete really well. It’s not as expensive as some of the more high-end hammer drills, but I think it’s the best.”



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