Tool Notes

Measuring tools

Tape measure (25′ for shop, 100′ or more for load-ins)

Usually made of steel

Also usually has some kind of lock on it

You can also get fiber glass 100 feet or higher tape


Folding rules

Mostly use in prop shops

Can be more accurate than a tape measure

Its 6′ long


Framing square

Use for flats and platform to check the squareness of a frame


Speed square

We mostly use the inches side more then the angle side, can also to be use to check the squareness


Combination square

Can do 90 and 45 degree antes

It can also be used to off set a line

Usually has a level

Also comes with a metal scribe


Dry wall square

Its four feet long, because dry wall usually come in a size of 4’x8′


Siding T bevel

Use to measure angles


Travel points

One will hold a pencil, or steel scribe and the other one has a metal rode that would be placed at a center point to draw a perfect circle


Stair gauges

Used to set the measurements of the thread and run of stairs and then allows you to draw out stairs at the same size.


Metal scribe

Metal handle with a harden steel insert to make marks on metal


chalk line

Use to mark lines

“Never mix colors as different colors have different purposes”



Western saws cut on the push eastern saws cut on the pull


Wall board saw

Cuts on the push cut

Use for cutting dry wall

Does not make clean cuts.


Push saw

Ripping blade cuts with the grain

Has small teeth


Cross cut blade cuts against grain with bigger teeth


Pull saw

Cuts on the pull stroke


Back saw

The back saw has a stiffen back that supports the saw blade

They have different backs for this saw


Hack saw

Cuts steel

Replaceable blade

Lots of small teeth


Copping saw

For pine wood cutting


Bow saw

Use for cutting trees

Has huge teeth


Mat knife/ box cutter

Old style blade does not retracts

New style is retractable

Always use a sharp blade, sharp blades require less effort when cutting


Brake away knife

Comes with a long blade that can be broken up to renew the blade


Tin cutters

Use to cut thin metals

Hard to use



Use only for wood

Use only when sharp as it is harder to use when not sharp

Shouldn’t be hit with hammer


Cold chisel

Use for cutting metal

Can be hit with hammer


Bolt cutters

Cuts bolts, locks, and chains


Cutting and sharping tools


Sure form

Has different sizes and shape

Use to reshape or form wood or foam


Rasp/ file

Rasp is for wood and has teeth

File is for metal, only has lines


Mallet/ hammer

Hammer has steel head

Mallet made of anything other then steel


Claw hammer

Back is use for removing nails


Framing hammer

Back is use for plying


Ball peen hammer

Use for hitting steel tools


Machinist hammer

Use for hitting steel marking tools


Slugs hammer

Use for demolition

Sometimes used for load-in (but use as little as possible)


Rubber mallet

Good for closing paint cans


Dead blow hammer

Heavier than mallet because it has sand in it to keep it from bouncing


Corner shaper

Use to change the shape of the corners on natural boards



Fine wood working tool

Use in our industry to cut down a door to make it fit


Demolition tools


Crow bars

Use for heavy duty prying


Flat bar

Use for finer work

Use more often in our industry


Nail puller

Use to remove nails


Small flat bar

Use for removing nails and other things


Molding puller

Has a very thin blade that removes molding safely


Cat bar

Use for removing nails


T 50 stapler

One of the worse tools that you have to have


Hot glue gun

Use for crafty props projects




C clamps

Come in different sizes

Can apply lots of pressure, could damage scenery


Pipe clamp

Best choice to clamp long things


Quick grip clamp

It is called this because you can use it with one hand

Doesn’t apply much pressure


Spring clamp

Clamping power is decided by the spring size

Usually is used to hold down cloth


Wood clamp

Leaves no marks

Use to clamp wood

Could apply high amounts of pressure

Angle of the clamp could change




C wrench

Adjustable to any size

We use 10″ or 8″ wide mouth

Does not replace box wrench or any other nonadjustable wrench


Open ended box wrench


Combination wrench


Ratcheting combination wrench


Ratchet handle

You can get 1/4 1/2 3/4 drives

The bigger the drive the more torque it has


Ratchet adapter

Use to change the drive size of the ratchet wrench


Hex key

Come in inch and millimeter


Pipe wrench

Use to do pipe work




Phillips and flats head both come in different sizes and different length


Nut drivers

Use on hex head bolts


Yankee screw driver

Push down and it turns, used to reduce work load on user




Channel locks

Can change the size of open to adjust the size of the bolt


Slip joint

Like the channel locks but is more limited




Needle nose


Angle needle nose

Use on jewelry or prop work


End nippers

Used to remove staples and nails


Locking pliers

Liker a pair of pliers but it can locked

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