I’m a foreman w/ a commercial outfit, so my list may differ from a strictly residential outfit, but help me out on this one, if you can.
I am trying to come up with a recommended list of must-have items for the apprentices. I try to be a patient teacher, but the can-I-borrows are wearing me down.
Bag and basics: hammer, knife, tape measure, square, 4-way screwdriver, pencil
Toolbox: container of some kind, some screwdrivers, snips, adjustible wrench, some kind of cutting plier, such as linemans, vise-grips, couple clamps, allen wrenches, flat bars, drywall saw, block plane, stone, scribes, cold chisel (say 1/2″), couple wood chisels, file (flat and round), t-bevel, chalk box, maybe a plumb bob, and a level.
Drill, prob. cordless, bits for drilling and driving, some taps and a handle for same.
Am I leaving anything out? Is this an unreasonable amount of stuff to ask of someone who is probably going to do this work for a good portion of their life?
I know that all at once it will be expensive, and that many folks buy in a little at a time.
How did you get your apprentices to buy tools? I have one who is great, been buying some tools over time, has acquired a pretty good kit so far. I have another who has a toolbox with apparently very little in it.
Thanks for your input