Homesteading? Here Are Some Tools That You Should Have

Most Americans in this day and age have grown up in an environment where they couldn’t survive without government assistance if they wanted to. They couldn’t live without water being pumped into their house by municipal water supplies. Without food from their local grocery store, they would starve.

This may be one of the many reasons why the modern homesteading movement is gaining popularity: People want to know that they can survive and even build a thriving home and life.

With that in mind, Mark Chenail provides us with a partial list of some tools that you may find useful in your home-building efforts on your homestead (or bug out location):

Framing hammers in various weights

A trim hammer and tack hammer

Hand saws: rip, crosscut, hacksaw, and a backsaw with a mitre box

A pry bar and cats paw

Two sets of screwdrivers, regular and Phillips head

A 25’ measuring tape

A  reel tape 100-300’

A Level at least 5 feet long

Framing squares

Chalk line and chalk

A set of good chisels and a sharpening stone

A basic box plane and blades to fit it

A good all purpose knife

A taping knife

A putty knife

Pliers in assorted sizes

Needle nose pliers for wiring

Wire strippers

A circuit tester

Several heavy duty extension cords and some household cords

A set of standard wrenches with a ratchet

Pipe wrench

Soldering iron and solder

A standard plumber’s blowtorch

Trowels and floats for concrete and plaster work

An extension ladder and a step ladder

A paint tray, roller frame, and rollers

Paint buckets

Assorted paint brushes

Window putty and glass points

Tin snips

Staple gun and staples

Caulking gun and caulk

Lubricating oil

Carpenter’s glue

Our pioneer forefathers were many things, but most of them were not fools.  When Mr. Porter-Cable started peddling the Skil-saw,  I can’t imagine too many working carpenters poo-pooed the idea and went about speechifying on the nobility of the handsaw.

I can certainly appreciate the skill and care needed to build a timber frame house with nothing but hand tools, but when you are living in a tent, I don’t think it morally reprehensible to haul out the power tools.  There is no more miserable activity than trying to cut a 4×8 sheet of plywood with a handsaw on a hot day, while your significant other attempts to hold it down and offer helpful advice.  That way lies murder, mayhem and divorce.  Do NOT do it.  There is plenty of time for nobility of purpose  after you have a solid dry roof over your family’s head.  So, that said, the Hopewells will be happy to have:

  Skil-saw or circular saw (2)

Sawz-all….good for awkward cuts and useful for trimming trees and small brush

Jig saw for trim work and cabinet work

Extra blades for all the saws

Electric drill and assorted bits, particularly extra ¾ inch bits for drilling holes for wiring the house.

Maybe you have considered all of these tools, maybe not, and you may not need all of these tools. Certainly, the type of building that you choose to build will have much to do with the types of tools that you need to build that building. Simply put, some building will take more exact craftsmanship to be put together properly than, say, a lean-to would need, for example.

In your homesteading efforts, what tools do you use regularly and recommend? Tell us below.

 
 

  • NotPCorrect

    Scythes & sickles, SHOVELS of All types!!!! Splitting wedges & wood grenades. Sledge hammers from 3 pound-16 pounds at least & mauls. Star-drills if you want to anchor into rock. Post hole diggers for gods sake! A froe for shingles! If you’re going to be working with logs a peavey to roll & control the logs. A light measuring chain, measuring tapes wear out. Power saws might be nice but you’d better have Plenty of solar chargers & batteries or be within range of some local power grid. Several sets of block & tackle to hoist/drag anything too heavy to pick up & carry. If you know how to use them there are Many specialized tools like the adze & broadaxe to more easily reshape logs. The more tools you know how to use the more tools you’ll find you’ll need. Look into old-fashioned gasoline welding rigs, they may not get as hot as oxy-acetylene but they’ll work for much of what you might need & Will be hotter than a wood forge & can be made to work with bio-diesel if adapters are included. You can never go wrong by bringing along extra bearing assemblies for things like heavy doors to wagon axles. Most of this is for the serious ‘middle of nowhere’ homesteader where if something goes wrong you may be 2-3+ days from your nearest neighbor.

  • independent thinker

    While I am all for using power tools where appropriate in SHTF situations they quite possibly would be useless due to the grid going down. The list leaves out some of the most important tools for SHTF grid down situations One or more axes, wedges, splitting maul, sledge hammer, brace and bits, as well as other wood working and blacksmithing tools.

    • independent thinker

      Oops, I left out crosscut saws and buck saws.