titanium framing hammer
Photo: Leslie Monthan
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5. Bring the right equipment

That Stiletto titanium framing hammer in my hands—one of the great benefits of working at TOH is the cool stuff we get to try out—was the envy of the crew because it only weighs 14 ounces but performs like a 22-ounce, which means less arm ache at the end of the day. It wasn't necessary to bring your own tools on this build, but a tool belt equipped with a good claw hammer, a measuring tape, and a utility knife really came in handy. Sunscreen, hat, and a water bottle are essential for health and comfort during the workday. Ladies: A personal stash of tissues is advisable in case you have to use the portable johns.
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