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While teaching tiny house-building workshops on my own (Nov 2-4 we have another one coming up near Boston), and for the Tumbleweed Tiny House Company, in addition to Jay Shafer’s list of the 14 tools needed to build his tiny houses, I also list several of the tools that I’ve personally found invaluable. This list ranges from archaic hand tools (for off-grid work), to a surform, coping saw, tarps (yes, they can be considered a tool), A nail gun and air tank (hugely time saving for larger jobs), and buckets….YES, BUCKETS…..
These little $5.00 jobbers (if you purchase them and can’t find ’em free), have many uses, and have saved my butt many a time while in the midst of a building project for a video, a client, or myself. I always make sure I have many of them on hand, as you never know when they might make themselves useful.
TEN WAYS IN WHICH BUCKETS can be a HUGE HELP on the BUILDING SITE….
1. Storage- If you’re caught in the middle of a downpour, buckets with lids make for a quick stash spot for your tools, nails, and materials.
2. Saw Horses- use two of them to bridge a piece of wood you’re working on, and you’ll save your knees from a little extra bending (if you were working on the ground).
3. Carrying Water- for mixing cement, putting out fires, rinsing/cleaning tools/materials.
4. Hauling Dry Goods- tools, nails, and whatever else- its especially helpful for large amounts of small tools.
5. Step Stool- a bucket will hold a heck of alot of weight when flipped upside-down, and get you 18″ or so higher.
6. Collecting Water- while building off-grid and in need of water for mixing cement, a tarp rigged to collect rainwater can be channeled into a bucket for such needs.
7. MIX CEMENT IN THEM- a mixing vessel for small batches, and carrying vehicle, in one.
8. Trash Receptacle- pretty self explanatory, as a clean work site is a safe and efficient one.
9. A composting/sawdust toilet- if there are no facilities around the site you happen to be working on.
….And I’m sure there are more uses! If you have any, please add them here….
-Derek “Deek” Diedricksen
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