What’s in a Home Renovator’s toolbox
Ryaan Tuttle, President/Owner, RJT Carpentry & Tile Inc. Boston
Working as a laborer for a high-end remodeling company in Boston when he was 20, Ryaan Tuttle wasn’t sure where the road was taking him. But this much he knew: He loved working with his hands and the freedom that work afforded him.
At 25, his dedication and discipline led to starting his own business, RJT Carpentry & Tile Inc., a journey that continues to push him down a
road of constant discovery. “I’ve learned so much about each trade and continue to hone my skills every day,” Tuttle says. “I also love the fact that we get to turn our clients’ visions into realities. That never gets old.”
RJT specializes in remodeling, including kitchens, bathrooms and complete home remodels, with an emphasis on interior work. Tuttle credits his business acumen and attention to detail to his first foreman, Tom Richardson, a person Tuttle says he strives to be like on the job every day. “Smart, humble and willing to get dirty at a moment’s notice. My experience with him helped shape our relationship. That’s why it’s so important to pass this trade along to the next person that wants it.”
If you’re looking to break into the business, Tuttle has some straightforward advice: “Get ready to work hard, bleed, sweat and study your ass off. This business takes a certain discipline on every level, and only the dedicated will rise above. This is a physical and mental game you enter every day, and not everyone is cut out for it. Only time will tell.”
For Ryaan Tuttle, these tools are essentials in a home renovator’s toolbox:
KREG 8.25 in. Mini Jig Pocket Hole Kit Model# MKJKIT
Awesome for small pocket hole projects and easy to keep in your pouch.
FEIN Starlock FMM 350QSL MultiMaster Start, Model# 72295264090
Having a multi-tool allows you to handle so many different tasks on the project.
DEWALT 20-Volt Max XR Lithium-Ion Cordless Brushless 2-Speed 33-Degree Framing Nailer Model# DCN692M1
This saves us from hauling compressors and hoses around on our smaller projects and still allows us the power of a framing gun.
RIDGID THRUCOOL 71⁄4 in. Worm Drive Saw, Model# R32104
This is a tried and true jobsite saw. The weight, durability and rafter hook make it a must-have in any home renovator’s toolbox.
MAKITA 18-Volt LXT Lithium-Ion Sub-Compact Brushless Cordless Impact Driver Model# XDT15ZB
This cordless impact driver is lightweight, brushless and it has torque settings.
Estwing 22 oz. Milled-Face Framing Hammer, Model# E3-22SM
I will not use any other hammer. Love the weight, length and feel. Everyone should have this tool in a home renovator’s Toolbox
STANLEY FatMax 25 ft. Auto Lock Tape Measure, Model# FMHT33338L
The only measuring tape I’ll put in my pouch. Great extension and the blade always catches.