Have the right tool for the job and your headaches will be few.  There is nothing like trying to make the wrong tool work for a specific job.  Have a complete tool set when you start your job if you plan to do the work yourself.  Of course, you can’t have everything (unless you have a great big budget to work with) so use the rental yard and your friend’s tools when possible.  Start with this basic set of tools and move up from here as the job requires.

-  Tool Belt with Suspenders

-  Measuring Tape (30′)

-  Steel Measuring Tape (100′)

-  Speed Square

-  Framing Square

-  Carpentry Pencils (lots of them)

-  Carpentry Crayons

-  Framing Hammer

-  Finish Hammer

-  Utility Knife

-  Retractable Chalk Line

-  Linesman Pliers

-  Line Level

-  Torpedo Level

-  Two Foot Level

-  Six Foot Level

-  Cordless Drill/Driver

-  Circular Saw (Worm Drive)

-  Cordless Circular Saw

-  Plunge Router

-  Straight Router

-  Jig Saw

-  Reciprocating Saw

-  Sliding Compound Miter Saw

-  Portable Table Saw

-  Air Compressor

-  Framing Nail Gun (Multiple Nail Size Capacity)

-  Teko Nail Gun (For Attaching Joist Hangers and Other Mechanical Attachments)

-  Pneumatic Staple Gun

-  Finish Nail Gun (Angled is Most Versatile)

-  Hand Saw

-  Block Plane

-  Plumb Bob

-  Chisel

-  Flat Pry Bar

-  Cat’s Paw (Nail Puller)

-  Nail Sets

-  Clamps, clamps and more clamps (Bar Clamps, C-Clamps, Pipe Clamps)

-  Construction Calculator

-  Orbital Sander

-  Belt Sander

-  Hammer Tacker

-  Powder Actuated Nail Set Gun

-  Extension Ladders – 12′ (3.66m

-  Step Ladders – 10′ (3.05m), 8′ (2.44m), 6′ (1.83m), 4′ (1.22m)

-  50′ (15.24m) 10 gauge Extension Cord

-  Numerous 12 gauge Extension Cords

-  Air Hose

-  Magnet Wheel (For Picking Up Nails)

-  Brooms (Push and Sweep)

-  Shovels

-  Pick Axe

-  Digging Bar

-  Rakes (Gravel and Leaf)

-  Pen and Pocket Sized Notebook

-  Screwdrivers

-  Socket Wrench Set

-  Wrenches (Crescent and Pipe