2.1 Tool Choices and Applications

Although there are numerous advantages to choosing tools based on many factors, safety should be the first factor to be considered.

Always choose the right tool for the job- Remember that tools have specific functions.

  • Screwdrivers are not impact resistant and should never be used as a chisel or pry bar.
  • Accessories used in cordless impact drivers must be rated for impact use.

Determine the scope of work- Consider where you will be working:

  • Small or large project?
  • What tasks will you be performing?
  • How much space do you have to safely perform your tasks?
  • What are the tools best suited to the tasks?
  • What PPE is required for each task?

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Material type and size- Choice of tools and accessories should be based on the type and size of material being used.


  • Specially designed masonry drill bits, saw blades, and grinding wheels are used for masonry, concrete, brick and tile.
  • Anchor bolts are rated by the amount of weight they will safely support, with many styles available for application with specific materials.
  • A circular saw may be better suited for the task than a table or miter saw for small jobs.
  • Do the material and tools to be used require an additional person to assist in the safe completion of the task due to the weight or physical size of the material?

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