In 2013, I wrote a story about the hand tools I carry in my nail bags and followed up late last year with a piece about the tools we carry in our truck—hand tools, power tools, and pneumatics, mostly. As important as all those tools are, they’re not enough to frame a house.

In this story, I will cover much of the equipment that makes up the “infrastructure” of the framing site. These items are not as sexy as titanium hammers, laser levels, or beam saws—but they are equally essential to completing the job.