Learn From a Pro
Jordan Smith knows tools: he's built his own successful residential construction business from the ground up, and now he's sharing his knowledge with you.
9 In-Depth Lessons
Videos that clearly demonstrate the construction tools you need in your belt: from hammers and pliers to chalk lines and speed squares. Lessons average around 17 minutes.
A downloadable book full of tips, summaries, and recommended exercises helps you get real-world practice.
9 Video Lessons (2 hours 40m)
Lesson 1: Essential Hand Tools
Welcome to class! Professional builder Jordan Smith gives an overview of the hand tools covered in the class, and talks through his everyday carry from notebook to utility knife.
Lesson 2: Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
Jordan gives an overview of the key pieces of personal protective equipment you need on the job site, and some insider tips for using them. Learn about safety glasses, hard hats, and how to put in ear plugs the right way.
Lesson 3: Measuring Tools
From tape measures to angle finders to laser levels and spirit levels, learn the tools you need to measure spaces and materials.
Lesson 4: Marking Tools
The chalk line is an essential tool for guiding cuts and laying out foundations, floors, and more. Learn how to use a chalk line correctly.
Lesson 5: Hammering and Pulling
Hammers, sledgehammers, and pry bars, oh my! Jordan compares different types of hammers and tools for driving fasteners, as well as tools for prying them back out again.
Lesson 6: Fastening With Wrenches and Screwdrivers
Jordan provides an overview of the types of screwdrivers and wrenches you'll want to keep nearby on the job.
Lesson 7: How to Grip and Cut
A look at the pliers, clamps, chisels, and cutters that will help you get through any non-specialized workday.
Lesson 8: Adhesives and Caulks
Learn what to look for in a caulk gun, and how to use different cartridges of caulks and construction adhesives. Jordan also shows you the value of a good putty knife for finishing.
Lesson 9: Setting Up Your Tool Bag
Jordan wraps up the class with his thoughts on choosing a tool belt and tool bag.