It's not really popular demand when one whinging friend asks for it, though, is it? Is it, Holly?
Here's the list of tools I'm meant to have for my course. I don't recognise what everything is, but I'm getting better. I went tool browsing last night, and I was quite overwhelmed. I think I've got some of it sussed, but other things, not so much.
The Good House Book, by Clarke Snell.
Green Building Products, edited by Alex Wilson and Mark Piepkorn.
More Straw Bale Building, by Chris Magwood, Peter Mack and Tina Therrien.
Design of Straw Bale Buildings, by Bruce King.
The following is a list of tools that must be owned by each student prior to the outset of the building phase of the course (April 23, 2007). We will hold a “tool day” during the second week of the course to ensure that each student is properly equipped, and to study tool use, safety and maintenance. Be sure to mark your tools in such a way that you can easily identify them.
-CSA approved safety footwear
-Safety glasses (1 indoor, 1 outdoor)
-Ear protection (if using ear plugs, multiple replacements required)
-Gloves (1 pair durable, 1 pair waterproof)
-Adequate work clothing
-Respirator (cartridge style, not paper dust masks)
-Drafting kit (incl. drafting pencils, eraser, ruler, T-square, 11x17 graph paper and construction calculator)
-Portable tool box, lockable
-Cordless drill or impact driver 14.4v or 18v (with 2 batteries and charger)
-Good selection of drill bits, incl. 12 #2 robertson bits in various lengths, high-speed bits, wood bits and optional spade bits in a variety of diameters
-Circular saw with carbide tipped blade, with 1 replacement blade and 1 metal cutting blade
-Minimum 25’ x ¾” Tape measure
-2 foot or 4 foot level
-Minimum 20 oz hammer (not a hallow shaft)
-Nail puller/Cat's paw
-Chalk line and chalk
-2 Utility knives and replacement blades
-Staple gun or hammer tacker
-Set of Chisels (ex: 1”, ¾”, ½”)
-Pliers, side cutters, channel locks, vice grips, adjustable wrench
-Clamps, min. 12” (so far I have: one 12'', one 36")
-Hand-saw or pull-saw and miter box
-2 paint brushes
-Bag of rags
-6 Carpenter pencils
-3 permanent “sharpie” markers
-14” Pool trowel (rounded edges)
-14” square trowel (Additional trowels may be desired (indeed, lusted after), incl. 8 or 10” pool trowel, a brick layer’s trowel, pallet knife, magnesium float and various specialty sized and shaped trowels)
-Site notebook or clipboard
These tools will not be required of students, but are recommended for those who intend to continue performing general house building duties beyond the scope of this course. These tools are not included in the cost estimate for course supplies.
-Half-inch hammer drill and masonry bits
-Reciprocating saw (“sawz-all”) with wood and metal blades
-Jig saw with variety of blades
-Hand-held electric planer
-Angle grinder (min. 4.5”)
-Miter saw or radial arm saw
-Air compressor and selection of air tools
Some phases of construction will require specialty tools. The program will supply these, but those interested in pursuing specialty fields may want to consider purchasing their own:
-Propane torch and lighter
As you can imagine, I'm going to stick to buying the general tools, as I have to get almost everything new and going above and beyond would be prohibitively expensive.