Some things never change. Plumbers still rely on wrenches, roofers have their trusty hammer and nails and electricians never leave home without a good pair of wire strippers. Those old standbys will never get replaced, but most professionals are now including high-tech gadgets and digital equipment in their tool belts to make their jobs safer and more efficient. As each new tool reaches the industry, home improvement professionals must decide which ones become indispensable and which ones are thrown to the curb.

Why We’re Asking:

New technology is always aimed at making some process better, from new software that makes remodeling simpler to breakthrough adhesives that double the security of plumbing connections. But, just because something is new doesn’t make it better.

We want to get past the hype and find out what emerging technologies are truly making an impact in the world of home improvement and repair. So, we’re turning to our panel of experts to ask what new technologies they are excited about, which ‘improvements’ turned out to be flops and what we can expect in the future.

So experts, it’s time to weigh in:

What emerging technologies are making your jobs easier?

Do you have a favorite new gadget that you now consider essential?
How have new technologies changed the way you do your job?
What type of technology do you find most useful (software, tools, communication devices, etc.)?
Are there any new technologies that you are excited for to come out?
Are there new tools or technologies that are particularly bad or ones that impede your work?

Experts, post your answers in the comment field below!