If you’re considering a DIY deck project, you’re probably wondering what tools you’ll need. The good news is, if you’re a handy guy or gal, chances are you already own many of the tools needed for deck construction. Most hand tools are inexpensive and worth buying, even if you will use them only for your deck. Power tools can be pricey, so you may choose to rent rather than purchase some of them. Deck tools can be divided into five categories: tools for lay out and measuring; for general carpentry and digging; for cutting; for fastening; and for smoothing and shaping. To use these tools effectively, see the section on Basic Skills. There you will also find some tips on choosing the best tools.