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Toolbox Essentials

Our hardware managers have given their recommendations for a variety of toolbox essentials from dust masks to levels.  We broke their selections down into categories and have put together a list of basics to start your collection.

Save time and effort with the right tools in your toolbox.

Here are our suggestions for the types of tools to have on hand so that you’ll be ready for any task. The right tools can make the difference between success and frustration.

The Toolbox

Before you invest in a lot of tools, you’ll want a place to store them to keep them clean, dry, and ready for duty. Maybe that means a wall or pegboard system, or maybe it means an actual container.  Here’s one suggestion for a tool box that you can store or carry: from DeWalt, the TSTAK® deep box with flat top (DWST17806). This flexible platform from DeWalt allows different combinations; all units can stack on top of each other and are able to connect with durable side latches for easy carrying and safe stacking. This model can be used for storage of corded and cordless tools and features a removable tray for access to essential tools. Heavy duty metal latches and hinges are built for durability.

Utility Knife

This is an upgrade from the throw-away box cutters you can pick up anywhere. A good quality utility knife is a favorite cutting tool. From opening boxes to cutting carpet, a utility knife can do it all. Try the Stanley Quick Change Retractable Utility Knife (ST10499) – a trustworthy tool at a reasonable price point.

Our Pro pick is the DeWalt Premium retractable Utility Knife (DWHT10295) which is water resistant and has a lifetime warranty.


You could buy a whole set of screwdrivers, or you can buy one that can handle many jobs: the Lutz 15-in-1 screwdriver (7965001). This screwdriver has a an easy grip handle and integrated storage for 7 double ended interchangeable bits. Ratcheting action in the handle gives you some extra power. This truly is a toolbox essential that you will reach for over and over.


Pliers are universal tools that can perform a range of duties. They can be used for light electrical work and other tasks because they can grip, bend, and cut. These tools are indispensable for your toolbox, work bench, or tool belt. A good basic set of pliers is the Stanley 3-piece set (ST84056) which includes 6″ diagonal pliers, 6″ long  nose pliers, and 6″ slip joint pliers.

Our Pro pick is a single set of Stanley Long Nose Pliers (ST84097). This plier has a rust resistant finish, hardened cutting edges for strength, and machined jaws for a slip-resistant grip.

Safety Gear

PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) is important, and it doesn’t cost a lot.  Some items to consider:

3M masks – for chemical use, painting, sanding, and recently, virus protection! For a one time job, keep a pack of 2 masks (under $10) in your tool box: 3M N95 Particulate Respirator our item # 82MMM8654.

For a bigger job or if you have people helping you, stash a box of 10 with your gear  – at under $25, you’ll save on buying in bulk and have them ready when you need them – item # 82MMM8511BX.

Other PPE to keep nearby: high visibility safety gloves – reusable single pair item # 82BG8412M (or L, or X depending upon size – just $6); safety vest  – under $10 for a basic hi-vis vest with reflective stripes; safety glasses & ear protection (under $10 for a combo pack of glasses and ear plugs, item # 590541839, plus other items to choose from.


For small jobs around the house, like leveling a shelf or picture frame, a toolbox size level may be all that you need. The Johnson 7500 aluminum torpedo level measures just 9″ long and is under $10. for larger projects like doors and windows, you may need a longer level, such as the Johnson 4800 (JL4800) – a 4′ aluminum box level.

Our Pro pick is the Stabila (STA37532) Jammer set – this 2-piece set includes 78″ and 32″ aluminum box beam levels for leveling headers, sills, thresholds, door frames and more.


You’ll want a good hammer for nailing or pulling nails. The Vaughan 999 (VAU999) rip hammer, 20 oz, is a classic tradesman tool, and a good fit in any toolbox. This one has a hardwood handle, a rust-resistant finish, and is made in USA.

Step up your game with the EstWing E320S (ESTE320S). This 20 oz hammer is forged from steel and has a shock reduction grip for more comfort when you’re using it all day. At under $35 each, either of these will serve a wide range of people and projects.


Our hardware experts have 2 recommendations for measuring tapes that are go-to items for the trade, and equally useful around the house: Stanley Fat Max 25’ tape item # ST33725.  Or try the DeWalt 25’ Tough Series tape, with a 17’ stand out (meaning you can extend it 17’ before the tape will bend). At under $30 each, these are both reliable tape measures you will reach for again and again.

Adjustable wrenches

An adjustable wrench is a great tool to have in the home because they are used for tightening loose nuts and bolts, making them essential for assembling furniture, working on the car, and a myriad of other tasks. For general use, you can try a Stanley 8″ adjustable wrench (ST87369).

Our Pro pick is a socket kit. With 69 pieces including both 3/8″ and 1/4″ drive sockets and ratchets, this Stanley (ST92824) set this will serve you well for common home and automotive use.

Tapes and Adhesives

Yup, you saw it here, a good old roll of duct tape is handy to have. Plus other kinds of tape, such as masking or painter’s tape, electrical tape, teflon tape, double sided adhesives, hook and loop fasteners or wood glue. When it comes to having the right tools for the the job, sometimes the word tool is used loosely.

Dropcloths or tarps

Maybe a  dropcloth won’t fit in the toolbox, but it is nice to have on hand. Quite often this is the item that is forgotten until you start sawing or making holes in drywall and realize what a mess it makes. Tarps are useful for covering projects outside.

We hope to see you at one of our many locations where you can meet the Riverhead Building Supply team and take advantage of their knowledge. See our calendar for information about tool shows and other upcoming events.

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Spring Power Tool Shows

Limited Time Specials on Your Favorite Professional Power Tools.

Special deals available on these dates and at these locations only. Get there early for the best selection. #tools

May 18 & 19 – Middletown, RI

7 AM – 2 PM

The Power Tool Show and Sale at Riverhead Building Supply is the perfect place to find new power tools, new batteries, and new accessories to upgrade your work tools.

Batteries Not Included

That phrase might give you a headache at the holidays, but we’re here to make sure that’s the only time it’s an issue. During the Power Tool Show and Sale you’ll find a variety of bare tools, just the way their maker made ‘em. The only thing missing from our bare tools is the battery pack. Batteries can be pricey, and since tool makers are on top of their game, you can move batteries between certain models of tools with ease.

We’ve made it even better to buy bare. During our Tool Show and Sale, we’re offering a free battery with some purchases. Double up on power packs, and keep them charged and ready to swap out.

Build a Kit

Build your own kit with the tools or batteries that you need most. On sale days, we’ll let you choose how you match up your tools and batteries from either DeWalt or Makita.

Powerful Nailers

Cordless is king, and Paslode has you covered whether you want to use a battery or fuel-powered nailer. Check out our special offers on framing nailers, finish nailers, and brad nailers.

More Power, Less Noise, Reduced Fatigue.

Whether you are a professional landscaper or a weekend gardener, you’ll love our selection of battery-powered alternatives for lawn care. With so many communities adopting new codes about when and where (or even if) you can use gas-powered mowers, blowers, and trimmers, it makes sense to check out the DeWalt and Makita outdoor equipment in our sale.

Our Level Best

Stabila tapes, levels, and now lasers have been keeping your jobsites level and square for over 100 years. Find a great deal on the latest in measuring accuracy at our show and sale.

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Must-Have Tools for Everyone

Spring and summer are popular seasons for home improvements. If you’ve got a bunch of interior and exterior tasks on your to-do list, put some power behind your projects with these must-have power tools.

Save time, improve results with the right power tools

Want to repair, renovate or construct something new? These are a few power tools that can help you save time and produce optimal results.

Visit the Riverhead Building Supply tool section in store or online where you can find the kinds of power tools that you’ll reach for again and again for home Improvement projects.

A cordless drill and impact driver kit is a great all-around combination for every home. Use the drill for creating pilot holes, then switch to a flat- or Phillips-head bit to drive screws.  Projects like repairing drywall, hanging shelves, or assembling furniture and cabinets becomes so much easier.

Here are a couple of combo kits to check out:

  • DeWalt 2 pc Drill/Impact driver kit: This kit packs extra power with a 20 volt Max XR battery for long run time.
  • Makita 2 pc Makita Drill combo kit: This drill/driver combo kit combines a lightweight tool with a powerful 18 volt lithium ion battery.

The Fein MultiMaster is the ultimate multitasking tool.  Use this precision-crafted oscillating tool for precise sawing, efficient sanding, filing, scraping, even polishing.

Experienced DIYers and Pros will enjoy using these tools

Sliding compound miter saw

A compound miter saw is an indispensable tool for cutting crown moulding, pictures frames, and wood for projects that require angled cross cuts. The blades pivot and tilt so you’ll have the ability to make both miter and bevel cuts.  While stationary and sliding compound miter saws are similar, a sliding compound miter saw increases your cutting capabilities. You’ll also be able to cut thicker materials, such as lumber, which can be useful if you are constructing a fence.
The DeWalt DWS780 Sliding Compound Miter Saw is an excellent sliding compound miter saw choice. It is durable, lightweight and designed for optimal cutting accuracy. It has a 15 Amp motor and an exclusive back fence design that cuts up to 2×16 dimensional lumber at 90° and 2×12 at 45°. See us at a tool show for special savings on this saw and get a bonus heavy duty stand with its purchase.

Cordless circular saw kit

A cordless circular saw kit is ideal for experienced DIYers and professionals who need to rip and crosscut wood including solid hardwood, MDF and hardboard, plywood and dimensional construction lumber. With a suitable blade, a circular saw may also be able to cut glass tile, metal, brick and other materials.

Cordless circular saws combine performance with portability. Simply charge the battery and take your tool wherever you need it without being tethered to an electrical outlet. You also won’t have to worry about a cord getting in the way of your cutting.

Ready to unplug for your next cutting project? Consider the Makita XSH06PT1 Cordless Circular Saw Kit to make maneuvering easy. It is compact, lightweight and comes with two free additional batteries for extended work time. It includes a dual port rapid charger, 24T ultra-coated saw blade, hex wrench, dust extracting attachment and carrying bag. Take advantage of special show savings of more than $140.

Framing nailer

Home builders already know the benefits of a framing nailer. This time-saving power tool easily drives nails into a framing assembly.  Framing nailers are much stronger and more powerful than a hammer so you can get your job done in a fraction of the time.  Plus, since they are lighter and more comfortable than a hammer, you can work for long stretches of time without fatigue.

While it may be warm now, nailing during the colder months can be challenging. Some framing nailers will freeze up.  If you’re looking for an all-season solution, try the Paslode Cordless XP Framing Nailer. This tough tool drives nails into a variety of harder woods and works well in temperatures as low as 14 F°.

If you need a higher holding capacity, a coil framing nailer could be right for you. Coil framing nailers have a magazine that can hold hundreds of nails which will minimize reloading interruptions. The powerful Bostitch BTF83C Coil Framing Nailer has a 200 magazine capacity and its low profile design enables it to fit between studs under 13” tall.

We hope to see you at one of our many locations where you can meet the Riverhead Building Supply team and take advantage of their knowledge. See our calendar for information about tool shows and other upcoming events.


Learn and Create at Ladies’ Night

Learn to DIY

Everywhere you look online – from Pinterest to YouTube and beyond – women are creating more construction-oriented DIY projects than ever before. 

There are so many home repairs, home décor projects and basic construction jobs that are easy to tackle when you have the knowledge and the right tools.  At Ladies’ Night, you’ll have the opportunity to share ideas, learn from others, and get familiar with power tools that come in handy at home.  You’ll assemble your own rustic wood display frame to take home, and you’ll see some other simple projects you can make on your own, with just a few supplies.  Tour our showroom and store for home design inspiration, or to round up the basics for a home tool kit that will see you through years of home repairs and DIY creativity.

The Details

Ladies’ Night
Thursday, Sept. 20, 2018
6 – 8 p.m. (doors open at 5:30)
6000 Post Rd.
North Kingstown, RI 02852

There is no charge to attend, and we’ll provide all the materials. This event is open to ages 18 and up. Just let us know you are coming by registering in advance at

Create a Project at Home

Projects don’t have to elaborate, and home improvement doesn’t need to be scary. Past Ladies’ Night creations have included a rustic wall vase, planter box, chalkboard, and pine shelf. Take a look at the gallery below, then stop in to your local Riverhead Building Supply location to find everything you need to start creating on your own. 

This is our 4th annual Ladies’ Night event for the Rhode Island area, you don’t want to miss it! Make your reservation now, space is limited and our event fills up quickly!


Giving Tools as Gifts for Father’s Day

Dads can be difficult to buy for, and with Father’s Day fast approaching, time is running out if you haven’t already picked him up something special this year. But one thing that any dad will always appreciate is a new tool. Even if it’s a new “tool” gadget he has never heard about, he’ll be sure to love it. Why? Because dads love working with (and looking at) tools.

If you need some last-minute Father’s Day gift ideas, check out our tool gift-giving guide below. These suggested items are great for any homeowner, weekend DIYer or handyman.

Basic Hand Tools That Every Dad Should Have

Everyone, even people who aren’t especially handy, should at least have a toolbox filled with basic tools necessary for solving everyday issues. Use the following to determine which tools your dad has and which ones he needs. This is a great starting point for giving tools as gifts.

  • Screwdrivers – Every home should be equipped with a range of screwdrivers, including flat-heads and Phillips-heads. Or, you can get dad a screwdriver with several different replaceable magnetic heads. He should also have short- and long-shafted versions for getting into tight and hard-to-reach spaces.
  • Tape measure – A tape measure is a must-have in the toolbox. Whether your father likes to work with wood or he needs to measure furniture for the living room, this tool is what he’ll need.
  • Hammer – Every toolbox needs a hammer in it. From tapping down or prying up loose nails to hanging pictures, a hammer is a tool you don’t know you need until you need one.
  • Utility knife – A quality utility knife is a favorite cutting tool. From opening boxes to cutting carpet or anything else, a utility knife can do it all.
  • Pliers – Pliers are universal tools that can perform a range of duties. They can be used for light electrical work and other tasks because they can grip, bend, and cut.
  • Adjustable wrenches – An adjustable wrench is a great tool to have in the home because they are used for tightening loose nuts and bolts, making them essential for assembling furniture, working on the car, and a myriad of other tasks.
  • Flashlight – A flashlight is something that everyone needs because it is so functional. A flashlight is essential for working under the kitchen counter or other dark areas, and it’s equally useful for when the storms knock the power out.
  • Socket Set – A socket set is another useful thing to have, especially if your dad likes to work on his car or truck. A set comes with a range of different sized sockets, allowing them to satisfy many needs.
  • Stud finder – A stud finder makes life easier for hanging something on the wall. This tool can sense the location of the studs just by sliding it along the wall.
  • Handsaw – You never know when your dad might have to cut something, like a hanging branch, so having a handsaw in his toolbox will enable him to get the job done easily and quickly.
  • Level – A level will help your dad make sure whatever he is working on comes out level and plumb. From hanging shelves to building an additional room onto the home, a 4’ level will help make the job turn out right.
  • Painting tools – If your father likes to paint or has a project coming up, then provide him with the tools he’ll need, like painter’s tape, duct tape, a putty knife, and a roller, brush, and pan set.

 Basic Power Tools for the Home

If your dad is a little handier around the home, then you might want to think about getting him a few new power tools. There are plenty of options out there for you to consider, but here are a few of our favorites.

  • Multi-Tool – An oscillating multi-tool, like the Fein Multi-Tool, comes with a variety of attachments that enable it to be used for a wide range of functions. From cutting door jambs to fit to sanding surfaces to removing old flooring adhesive, a multi-tool handles it all with ease.
  • Cordless drill – Today’s cordless drills pack the power of plug-in models with long-lasting batteries that enable your dad to work unencumbered. Popular models like the Makita 18V and DeWalt 20V drills are convenient, powerful, and easy-to-use.
  • Palm sander – If a project requires sanding a lot of wood, a palm sander, like one from Porter-Cable, is the ideal solution. It’s easy on the hands and shoulder, and capable of using all manner of sandpaper grits.


Tools for Bigger Projects or More Advanced Users

Some dads are advanced in terms of what types of projects they can take on. They will already have all the hand and power tools they need to do most jobs. But, if your father is planning an upcoming project this summer that requires a specific tool, then getting it for him for Father’s Day will give him the momentum he needs to get the job done. Here are some common tools for more advanced users.

  • Impact drill – An impact drill is needed when you need to drill through cement or other masonry. It is also called a “hammer drill” because it works by simultaneously drilling and hammering the hard material.
  • Circular saw – A circular saw can either be hand-held or a table model. A hand-held model is used for cutting long and wide pieces of wood, like sheets of plywood, while the table model is used for cutting trim, molding, and other thin pieces of wood.
  • Jig saw – A jig saw can also be found in hand-held and table models. It features a thin blade that is specially designed to create finer cuts in wood, such as curved cuts or shapes otherwise not achievable with other types of saws.
  • Reciprocating saw – This saw from Milwaukee Tool is also known as a “Sawzall” because it saws all. It is used in home remodeling projects because it can quickly slice through wood, metal, plastic, and other materials.


Check Out the Latest in Tools at the Tool Show & Sale in Greenport

If you want to see what’s new and exciting in the world of tools, then plan a visit to the upcoming Tool Show and Sale in Greenport on June 28. This event is the best opportunity to get an in-depth look at the latest in power tools, and you’ll find special savings and offers on all the biggest brands, including Makita, DeWalt, Bostitch, Paslode, MAX, and others. You can find upcoming events listed on our calendar.

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