Construction tools for Pros
One way to improve efficiency is to adopt new and upgraded construction tools for Pros that can shave valuable minutes off the time it takes to complete a job.
For a general contractor Pro, a construction or home remodeling company, more than half the battle is finding ways to maximize efficiency – saving time and money without sacrificing the quality of work.
There are two ways to do this. The first is by looking at the construction or home remodeling business itself – streamlining your financial and administrative duties with construction business tools like The Home Depot’s loyalty program, Pro Xtra. You can even use construction mobile apps like the Pro App to conduct construction or remodeling business from the jobsite.
Another way to improve efficiency is to adopt new and upgraded construction tools and remodeling products that can save time and money. Here are a few construction tools and products worth considering:
If you haven’t already, it’s time to start building an arsenal of battery-powered construction tools for Pros. Historically, many Pros assumed these cordless tools didn’t have the power or life to do the job. Top construction tool brands like RIDGID, Milwaukee and DeWalt have taken that as a challenge, delivering many cordless tools that are just as fast and powerful as corded versions.
Diablo Steel Demon
Reduce friction and maximize cutting life by using Diablo’s revolutionary blades with Perma Shield non-stick coating, which makes for quicker cuts and fewer blade changes. Diablo delivers two times the cutting life of standard blades and protects from rust and heat.
Lithonia Lighting commercial LEDs
Renovate or upgrade outdated fluorescent or incandescent fixtures with Lithonia LED fixtures that are virtually maintenance free and don’t require bulbs – saving you time and money.
Ironforce Heavy Duty Duct Tape
Tape ductwork and patch holes with this duct tape for construction purposes that’s nearly three times more adhesive and nearly twice as thick as other contractor-grade duct tape. This tape provides a robust lifespan.
USG UltraLight Gypsum Panel
These are the lightest ½-inch drywall panels in the industry – up to 30 percent lighter and stronger than traditional sheetrock. The lighter, easier-to-handle drywall panels enable easier, faster and safer installation.
Minimize time spent working on plumbing and electrical projects with quick and easy push-to-connect technology from SharkBite, BrassCraft and Mighty-Bite Push-EMT.
- Pipe installation: Save time without soldering, clamps, unions or glue using SharkBite fittings.
- Toilet and faucet installation: Install up to three times faster with BrassCraft’s one piece water supply, which connects a water valve and flexible braided polymer connector into one unit.
- Electrical wiring projects: Use Mighty-Bite Push-EMT connectors and couplings that are approximately 75 percent quicker to install than standard set screw or compression fittings. Simply push the coupling onto the conduit to connect.
More construction tools and products that help save time and money
Werner Podium Ladders
This recent innovation in ladders provides a four times larger work space while reducing the need for resets, saving time on the job. These Werner podium ladders also feature an extended guard rail, holster top with magnetic strip and the Edge 360 bracing system, which provides protection from every angle with integrated rail shield, edge bracing and oversized foot pads.
RIDGID Pro Mobile Toolbox System
Organize your tools with a custom tool storage solution for professionals that can be transformed into 20 different configurations to fit your exact needs with this one-of-a-kind tool box.
Ryobi Phone Works
Put your smartphone to good use. Ryobi Phone Works is a line of tools designed to sync with an easy-to-download mobile app, enabling you to use your phone to take on a variety of tasks. Tools are sold individually and include laser level, moisture meter, inspection scope, laser distance measurer, stud finder, infrared thermometer, laser pointer and noise-suppressing earphones.
You may need to take advantage of innovation for a specific job or time period without investing in new tools or equipment, especially if you need heavy machinery. Rental is an excellent way to get all the benefits of new products without setting your business back with a big expense. Work through your local The Home Depot Tool Rental Center for pricing and availability. For a full list of locations, visit homedepot.com/toolrental.
Find more products that help save time and money at The Home Depot or at homedepot.com/pro.
–By J.T. Rieves, Vice President, Pro Business, The Home Depot
J.T. Rieves has been with The Home Depot for 27 years. During that time he’s held many positions including hourly associate, store manager, district manager, regional vice president and two rotations in the corporate office. Rieves has spent time working in hardware and store operations. He is currently in his fifth year as Vice President, Pro Business.