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TOOLBOX TAKEOVER: JOHN DESILVIA

THE TOOL THAT I USE MOST IS… If you’re talking power tools, I'd say impact driver or circular saw. If were talking hand tools, then it’s a "speed square".

THE TOOL EVERYBODY SHOULD HAVE AT HOME IS…

I’ll pick three: a tape measure, a drill and a circular saw.

I WISH THERE WAS A TOOL FOR…

How about a tool that would help me hit straight with my golf clubs?

THE TOOL I USE FOR SOMETHING OTHER THAN ITS PURPOSE IS…

My 7ft level. I use it as a straight edge for rip cuts with my circular saw.

THE NUMBER ONE TOOL THAT CONTRACTORS SHOULD HAVE IS…

The toughest, most demanding job as a general contractor is estimating. A really good estimating program can significantly cut your estimating time down. For a carpenter on the run that needs versatility, I’d say an oscillating tool. It cuts any material with a 1 minute change of a blade. It's small, easy to carry and great just in case you didn't bring the right tool.

THE TOOL I HAVE TO REPLACE MOST OFTEN IS…

For general contracting, the reciprocating saw is the tool that I replace the most. It's used for demo, and demo is very demanding. Personally, I'm constantly replacing my cat’s paw because I lose it once a month.

THE MOST UNDERUSED TOOL IS…

The laser. If carpenters and contractors stop relying on their eyes and old beat up 4ft levels that stopped working years ago, life would look a lot straighter.

THE TOOL I MOST OFTEN SEE USED INCORRECTLY IS…

The table saw. I’ve seen a lot of bad tool operation from DIYers with little or no experience. It's not as simple as just pushing a piece of wood through. I've seen people lose fingers and have watched material get launched from a table saw at the speed of a spear from a spear gun. It's no joke.

THE TOOL I AM MOST LIKE IS…

An impact driver, because it doesn’t just spin. It hits. Often and fast until it gets the job done.

*Licenced contractor and Brooklyn native John DeSilvia hosts DIY Network’s Rescue My Renovation, where he takes care of homeowners who have been let down by unscrupulous contractors. Twitter @JohnDeSilvia