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The types of tools we use for construction projects

At E Dumani Construction, we tackle the whole spectrum of domestic and commercial construction work, which requires a builder to own a complete collection of standard hand tools and some more specialist equipment to carry out significant building work. This article will use a house extension as an example and look at the primary tools a builder uses in its construction.

Mini digger

The starting point for any house extension is the foundations. The foundations are possibly the most crucial element of any building, so it’s essential to prime the groundwork correctly. With the amount of digging required, it’s practical and efficient to use a mini digger. Builders don’t need a specific license to operate a mini-digger, and they can make light work of digging through earth and clay to help lay the foundations. Pneumatic drills and pickaxes are helpful tools for smaller spaces and softer ground.

Hammers and chisels

One of the main steps in a house extension is knocking through an existing wall to form an opening to the new extension. The builder must do this part of the construction in a controlled manner that doesn’t compromise the rest of the structure. The desire is to take a sledgehammer to the internal wall once the acrow prop is in place, but this can have disastrous results and isn’t something any builder should attempt. Using a hammer and chisel and methodically chipping away at the mortar between the bricks is the best and safest way to form an opening. This technique allows the builder to carefully remove the bricks and minimise the level of debris.

Drill driver

When it comes to hand power tools, none are more effective and handier than a drill driver. Any house extension, whether one storey or two, will require a lot of repetitive screwing and unscrewing of fasteners and drilling holes. Therefore, unless you want to give yourself RSI, a drill driver enables a builder to drill and screw in fasteners effortlessly. A cordless drill with a hammer action feature is essential for this work.

Circular saw

Another power tool you will typically see used in a house extension is a circular saw, particularly if extending into the rear of the property. If your extension eats into the back garden, there’s a strong possibility you will have to remove the existing drainage system or even the maintenance hole cover and reposition it elsewhere. In this instance, a circular saw is a builder’s best friend as it makes a picnic out of cutting pipe sections to the necessary size. They are efficient, effective, and accurate and help us get the job done quickly and to a high standard.


During any construction project, whether a house extension or a dwarf wall build, having the correct PPE is always at the forefront of any builder’s mind. Goggles, gloves, safety boots, hi-visibility clothing and ear defenders should all be worn when using high-powered equipment that can cause serious injury.

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