What’s in a Home Remodeler’s toolbox
Fabio F. Molano // Owner/President // F&J Renovations
When home remodeler Fabio Molano’s friend asked him to build a doghouse for her poodles, he wanted to make it something she would always remember. So, he went all out. The poodles were the only ones on the block with a house featuring a front porch, chimney and windows.
That was back in 1980, when there were no synthetic materials to use for doghouse build construction. It wasn’t long before Molano’s friend – and her dogs – became the envy of every pet owner in town. “After she bragged about the doghouse, everyone wanted one, too,” Molano says. “Next, they asked if I could paint their house, install a fence or repair their front porch. Little by little, my reputation as a construction Pro grew.”
Today, Molano serves as president of the company he founded, F&J Renovations, which performs specialties such as carpentry, painting and roofing. And, if you ask Molano, he’ll be honest about his career path: “I don’t feel like I have worked a day in my whole life, because I absolutely love what I do.”
Molano learned the trade from his father-in-law, Henry Richardson, who took him under his wing and not only taught him the carpentry trade, but the importance of hard work. He also credits Steve Norris, an expert in the tile trade, as a strong influence in his professional acumen.
For people wanting to break into the Pro construction business, Molano’s advice is relatively straightforward. “Educate yourself every day on your trade, continually communicate with your clients, and be honest and truthful with yourself and others.”
For Fabio F. Molano, these tools are essentials in every home remodeler’s toolbox:
Bessey 90-Degree Angle Clamp Model# WS-3+2K
When it comes time to clamp down 90 degree-angles in your carpentry work, nothing does a better job like this B 90-Degree angle clamp. A must in every carpenter and home remodeler’s toolbox.
HDX Basin Wrench Model# UWP0003D
This wrench makes those hard-to-get places more workable.
Klein Tools Non-Contact Voltage Tester Model # NCVT-1SEN
With a voltage tester, you can test whether electricity is present or absent without touching wires and, therefore, minimize a person’s chance of contact with electricity. An essential tool in any home remodeler’s toolbox.
Ryobi 18-Volt ONE+ Power Caulk and Adhesive Gun, Model# P310G
This power caulking and adhesive gun eliminates the need to pull the trigger on a manual caulk gun when there is a lot of use for this type of activity.
Empire Polycast Magnetic Protractor Model# 36
This protractor makes my job much easier when trying to find the angle of things in my different projects.
Dremel Ultra-Saw 7.5 Amp Corded 4.5 in. Tool Kit with 2 Accessories and 1 Attachment for Use with Metal and Wood, Model# US40-02
I feel that by having this tool, I have many tools in one and it is multi-purposed.
3M 118-Piece Industrial Construction First Aid Kit Model# 94118-80025
In the case of a little mishap, it feels good to do something about it with this construction first aid kit.
Bosch Tile Laser Square Laser Level Model# GTL2
I like this square laser laver, because it makes leveling and squaring projects easy.