Tool List

STEEL QUALITY! For the purchase of hand tools is a major consideration. High quality steel will do a better job, stay sharper longer and will take no longer to sharpen than poor quality tools. There are many good brands. A few of them are Bosch, Stanley, Craftsman, Plumb, Disston, Sandvik, Miller Falls, and Estwing

Note: If you purchase your tools before class starts, please save your receipts until the instructors have a chance to go over the tool list with you.

*Denotes an item needed immediately
1. *Comfortable safety glasses. (Not goggles)
2. *Supply of pencils.
3. *Construction calculator. (Construction Master 5 or its App)
4. *Quality tape measure, minimum 25 -30 feet. No metric.
5. *Speed square, not plastic. (Swanson brand)
6. *Quality framing hammer, 20 ounces or more.
7. *Chalkbox. (Chalkline) We have a supply of chalk.
8. Quality Tool belt with steel hammer loop and @ 5 pockets.
9. Quality torpedo level. (Bullet)
10. Good utility knife with blades.
11. Cat’s paw pry bar.
12. Screw drivers, Phillips head and straight blade.
13. Pliers or multi-tool.
14. Chisel, 3/4” wide with solid metal tang.
15. Small combination square, under 6” in length.
16. Nail set, 2/32”.
17. Hand scribe. (See me)
18. Hardhat used during our house builds.
19. Aviation style snips.  (Tin Snips)
20. Block plane, low angle.

You will be required to wear your tool belt with these items on jobsites.


Purchasing Tools with Financial Aid

The following vendors are approved to accept DMACC financial aid funds for purchasing tools:

  • Airgas North Central
  • Grainger
  • Iowa Machinery
  • Mac Tools
  • MATCO Tools
  • Snap On Tools