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Best iPhone Apps for Construction

Updated on January 5, 2015

iPhone App Reviews

There are many iPhone apps that are handy for anyone that work in the construction industry. The ones that I will be talking about have been used by my husband, and sons. They find these apps quite useful and handy.

Image taken with my iPhone
Image taken with my iPhone | Source

Real Metal Detector by THARTS

Scenario

Husband and son were on a job, and they find out that one of the smoke detector rough ins has been covered by one of the guys that boarded the ceiling. The electrician has yet to hook it up and needs to know where this smoke detector is. He knows the general proximity of it, but since the ceiling has already been taped, sanded and painted, he doesn't want to start cutting away where he thinks it might be. Electrician is standing there scratching his head and hubby pulls out his iPhone. Electrician asks him what he's doing and hubby says he has a metal detector app. Electrician laughs and says, "You've got to be kidding me!"

Hubby uses his iPhone with the Real Metal Detector app and finds where the smoke detector rough in is located, cuts a small hole, and says to the disbelieving electrician, "There you go."

Needless to say the electrician was impressed by this app and happy all at the same time.


Free Metal Detector Apps

There are several Metal Detector free apps that you can install on your iPhone that may work fine for you. One that has had some good reviews is called the Metal Detector by FML Creations; however it does appear to be more of a fun app rather than one that you'd professionally use.



Features of the Real Metal Detector

  • This metal detector will work on iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, and iPad. It can detect steel, iron, and magnetic stuffs.
  • There is a sound and vibration mode.
  • A flashlight.
  • The alarm level on it can be set.
  • Price of this app is $0.99.

Builders Helper - More than just a calculator
Builders Helper - More than just a calculator | Source

Builders Helper

This is a handy app whether you're a tradesman, contractor, or someone who is planning a DIY project. It is more than just your ordinary construction calculator. You can store all the work you've entered into the app and save it right to Notepad. If you need to you can export it as a PDF or print it.

When entering numbers and you find that you've made a mistake along the way, you can check your calculations on an onscreen ticker tape.

Store plans, contracts, budgets, photos and more right in the app itself.

Cost and Compatibility

The cost of Builders Helper is 14.99. Space needed for download is 7.7 MB. It is compatible for iPhone, iPod touch and iPad.

Have everything you need right with you, when you need it. This app eliminates paperwork, running to look for files, pictures, carrying an extra calculator with you, and more.

Construction Projects

Built into this app is a listing of what is called Quick Jobs. If you're doing a drywall takeoff for instance you'd enter the parameters and the app will fill in and calculate the job for you. Some of the included quick jobs are: stairs, flooring, painting, roofs, rafters and more.

When you click on the app icon this button appears to either turn on or turn off the light.
When you click on the app icon this button appears to either turn on or turn off the light. | Source

1Tap Torch

Everyone that has an iPhone should have one of these flashlights. I've gotten a lot of use out this app especially when the power goes out. My basement is not all that well lit and when I go into it I like to be able to see.

With the 1Tap Torch in my hand everything in your path is illuminated. Simple to use, just tap the torch icon and you instantly have light.

I have two large dogs that sleep on my bedroom floor. When I get up in the middle of the night, rather than turn on a lamp or trip over one of the dogs, I will use this app.


This is a free app that is available through the App Store.

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This is a photo one page of house plans I used the CamScanner for. This is how easily any part of the document can be blown up and easily read.This photo is the full page which can be printed,  viewed on your computer, or viewed on your iPhone or iPad.
This is a photo one page of house plans I used the CamScanner for.
This is a photo one page of house plans I used the CamScanner for. | Source
This is how easily any part of the document can be blown up and easily read.
This is how easily any part of the document can be blown up and easily read.
This photo is the full page which can be printed,  viewed on your computer, or viewed on your iPhone or iPad.
This photo is the full page which can be printed, viewed on your computer, or viewed on your iPhone or iPad.

CamScanner

The CamScanner is your scanner on the go. This app works great for scanning documents, plans, books, photos, posters, receipts, and photos.

You can scan multiple pages and add them all into one document.

Images can be converted into a PDF file.

Easily email documents from the CamScanner or upload them to Cloud.

Price: Free.


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      Susan Zutautas 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Molometer, Thanks so much.

      greatstuff, I really like the CamScanner, and I hope you will too.

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      Mazlan 4 years ago from Malaysia

      These are useful stuffs, but for now I will most likely download the CamScanner. Thanks for sharing.

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      molometer 4 years ago

      It never ceases to amaze me what these smartphones can do.

      Excellent review of these apps Susan.

      Great story about the electrician.

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      Susan Zutautas 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Audra, I've had to delete some of my apps because I had too many of them. Glad you liked the hub and thanks for pinning it and commenting too :)

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      AudraLeigh 4 years ago

      I used to be an app junkie when I used my ipod. My boyfriend definitely is..I really like the The CamScanner! Now that would be great to have! I am going to pin this...people would like this! What fun this would be for builders, etc!

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      Susan Zutautas 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      aykianink, It is a great app, I agree :)

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      aykianink 4 years ago

      CamScanner, easily one of the dopest things ever.

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      Susan Zutautas 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Debbie, What type of smart phone do you have?

      KDu, You can probably get something similar I'd imagine, however on these apps it specifies that they are for the iPhone.

      Thank you both for reading, commenting and everything :)

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      Susan Zutautas 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Tammy, When we first thought about getting the iPhone I thought oh no here we go again ... now I need to learn about something new. Surprisingly the iPhone is very user friendly and easy to learn.

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      Susan Zutautas 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      GoodLady, I use the scanner app and I really like it. Apps would be a great Christmas gift. Thank you for the votes and tweet.

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      KDuBarry03 4 years ago

      Does the same app apply for an android? That's the type of phone I have. My dad and I are always doing construciton and this app would be helpful!

      Thanks for sharing; voted up and tweeted

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      Deborah Brooks Langford 4 years ago from Brownsville,TX

      gosh Susan I have a smart phone.. I am just learning it.. I have no idea what it can do.. is a smart phone like a I phone? I am scared of different Apps. another great hub..

      sharing

      Debbie

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      Tammy 4 years ago from North Carolina

      Very awesome! I could actually use these apps. I haven't upgraded to an I-phone yet because I don't want a complicated phone. Excellent tips! Pinning and sharing!

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      Penelope Hart 4 years ago from Rome, Italy

      Getting that scanner app straight away! The torch app is amazing. Thanks for information here, though I'm no builder, my companion is an alarms systems guy (he'e love these..hmm. good Christmas gift!). Voting and tweeting.

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      Susan Zutautas 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Ruby, Thanks. I think having the boys around all the time help to keep me more current than I would be otherwise.

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      Susan Zutautas 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      sligobay, I am still amazed at what these iPhones and smart phones can do.

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      Susan Zutautas 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Glimmer Twin, There are so many apps. Some days I'll go and search for an app and end up finding ones that make me go Wow :)

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

      I agree with Sligobay. I am at a loss with new technology. I 'gotta get with it..Great information Susan..Thank you.

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      sligobay 4 years ago from east of the equator

      Your app review makes me feel like I need to get an iPhone. I never knew these were so versatile with apps.

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 4 years ago

      I am continually amazed by all of the apps out there. Good list and I don't build anything!

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      Susan Zutautas 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      drbj, You can't go wrong with free :)

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      Susan Zutautas 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Eddy, Thanks so much!

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      Susan Zutautas 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      sligobay, Thanks for stopping by :)

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      Susan Zutautas 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      TurtleDog, What did we do before cell phones, smart phones and apps :)

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      drbj and sherry 4 years ago from south Florida

      Really neat, cool apps, Susan, and for most, the price is right. Free is my favorite cost. And the Cam Scanner is terrific! Thank you for the intro.

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      Eiddwen 4 years ago from Wales

      Well informed and interesting. Great work!!

      Eddy.

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      sligobay 4 years ago from east of the equator

      I can't imagine.

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      TurtleDog 4 years ago

      Amazing what these app developers think of and the innovative way they building them. The metal detector is the perfect example. Available on Android phones as well. Voted up useful. Nice post.

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      Susan Zutautas 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Julie, Thanks and I hope he finds these apps useful.

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      Susan Zutautas 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Barb, There are so many apps, fun ones and useful ones.

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      Blurter of Indiscretions 4 years ago from Clinton CT

      Well I won't be using any of these, but how cool! I am going to share with my hubby who will no doubt grab these. Thank you for sharing :)

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      b. Malin 4 years ago

      I'm still learning Apps...This Hub of yours was so Helpful and Informative Susan. It's Overwhelming to see how many Uses there are. I will Bookmark this one. Thanks for sharing.

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      Susan Zutautas 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Ruchira, Thank you, that looks like a great app!

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      Ruchira 4 years ago from United States

      Attaching the App details. The whole family is enthusiastic about it and we have something in common to talk about ;)

      http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/star-walk-5-stars-a...

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      Susan Zutautas 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      RH, The scanner app is excellent. I really like it and I could see this being great for Dave as far as document scanning goes.

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      Susan Zutautas 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Ruchira, I'll have to check out that constellation app. Thanks for being the first to comment and for voting & sharing.

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      Kelly Umphenour 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      Sweet! This is so cool Susan - I didn't know about the scanner ap. Dave can really use that one! I bought him a doc scanner for 100 bucks and it worked great for a while - but then it just broke. He really liked it because he could scan a whole plat from the courthouse and bring it home!

      Pretty smart with the metal detector! Now that's what I call resourceful!!

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      Ruchira 4 years ago from United States

      Hi Susan,

      Apps do tend to make our life simple and I sure am glad to have them around. This App was new to me.

      I have been using many Apps and out of that..the constellation App is most useful. I believe there is an App which tells you how many calories you burn by an activity and can indulge in foods accordingly...Neat!

      Voted up as useful and interesting!

      Sharing it across