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Old 02-12-2008, 09:02 AM   #41
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This is what I use. I do both new construction and service mainly commercial. I use the cheap nail pouch for rough-in's and the the big bag for service. I can carry all but the biggest of my tools and sockets. I do have a tool pouch that I've had for 20 years but don't really use any more.




Husky tools are one thing but to advertize for home crapo is just too far out there. I have to go there out of location far too often, they would have to pay me huge bucks to wear there logo.

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Old 02-12-2008, 05:13 PM   #42
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I used to be a big HD fan, not anymore. I like Lowes much better. The people are nicer, the service is better, the store looks nicer and is more well lit, and they always seem to have more of what I'm looking for. It seems the past dozen times I've gone to HD it's a crapshoot if they have what I want. I always go to Lowes first.
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Old 02-12-2008, 06:18 PM   #43
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I'm in HD all the time since we have a contract with them to service 44 of their stores in Central Florida. So if I need something I just get it, if it isn't a specialized tool. The nail pouch is for mainly wire nuts and screws.

Trust me I can't stand working on their buildings because it is always a nightmare. But I do manage to drum up alot of business from people standing in the electrical section with a dumb look on thier face. The only time I like HD is when I'm working on the parking lot in the bucket truck ( it's always nice to look down ) or an the Novar panels.
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What is a "Novar" panel?
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The computerized panel that controls all of their lighting inside and out and the AC units. It controls all the smart breakers and runs off firmware (software embedded on EEPROM's). It can also be remotely accessed from headquarters in Atlanta, Ga. It is their EMS (Energy Management) system.
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Old 02-15-2008, 05:51 PM   #46
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I'm almost 100% service. Very little major rough in.
this setup gets me through most days.

And I love the magnet trick.
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I like the pouch from Sears and I have bucket, just a bucket no pockets. I keep a 9 draw tool box in the truck. When I worked as a industrical electrician we had a bench that we pulled around. It had just about anything we needed.
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An industrial electrician with a bench is a new one on me.
a comercial electrician with a bench I have used As they say I am learning each time I go on this site I think thats great
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I bought a Boulder Bag setup when they first hit the market, about the time I started in the trade.



A few years ago, the belt wore out, and wasn't comfortable, so I replaced it with a heavy duty belt from Cully, metal buckle.

http://www.boulderbag.com/index.html
That's alot of zhit to carry!
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Actually i carry a belt similiar to that one , it's a husky belt but the pockets are not moveable, it stays loaded pretty much like that with drivers on one side pliers etc.. on other and nail pouches for screws nails wire nuts etc... and i haven't needed to carry anything more with me
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I have the same pouch as Tab Faber. My kids call it my butt pouch. My youngest carries one at vo-tech. I usually have a canvas nail apron on also during rough-ins.
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A lot has been said here about belts and bags/totes, but what are your opinions on bucket organizers?
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Why all kinds of stuff can fall and get put into it
It's an added expence
It doesen't load on a plane worth a s--t
I was always a traveller I have worked out of my home local mabe 3 of 40 years
When I travel I go lite and don't forget the tool list . Yes you have all these goodies but a true construction electrician should not use any of his own tools The co. should have to supply ALL tools These are things we old timers fought for , Walked picket lines for Our families went hungry for and now the young fellas want to give it away,
As a union man I can travel anywhere in the world with a job waiting for me when I get there
I say start with a tool bucket and end with a push dolly Not Likely
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Gamps, I think the ability to easily take our tools on a plane is WAY down on the list of priorities to most of us regular folks.

If I have to fly somewhere the only things I car about taking are a bathing suit and a few fishing poles.
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When your local area runs out of work because of a ressesion then you travel in order to feed your family Either you are a construction electrician or a maintainance electrician
I understand that the US is on the brink of a recession.
While working in sanFransico I met brothers from coast to coast and Mexico and Canada
When the hall calls we go anywhere in the world That to me is a construction electrician
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When the hall calls we go anywhere in the world That to me is a construction electrician
Key words: "to [you]"

If someone told me I had to go (far) out of town for work I'd find another job. I REFUSE to be that far from my family for work. And I absolutely refuse to live away from home for work. I was offered this once and turned it down flat.
I saw this early on which is one of the main reasons I refused to go union. I saw guys from my area going into the city (and farther) every day making tons of money. Most had 2-4+ hours a day commuting, were hardly ever home. But hey, they made great money. Many were still miserable.
At the same time I saw guys from all over coming into the area to work. To me this made NO sense.
I still to this day see the union workers traveling hours a day to get to jobs.
Sorry, this is NOT for me.

I also strongly disagree with this statement:
"Either you are a construction electrician or a maintainance electrician "
I am an electrician. Period. I can do pretty much anything in the trade that needs to be done.
I don't need a label just because of where I work in relation to where I live.
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When your local area runs out of work because of a ressesion then you travel in order to feed your family Either you are a construction electrician or a maintainance electrician
I understand that the US is on the brink of a recession.
While working in sanFransico I met brothers from coast to coast and Mexico and Canada
When the hall calls we go anywhere in the world That to me is a construction electrician


I hate to tell ya but, we are in a recession, or as the politicians like to say a "heavy economic down turn". Just ask people at Bear Stearns, who had nice IRA's on Friday.
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I hate to tell ya but, we are in a recession, or as the politicians like to say a "heavy economic down turn". Just ask people at Bear Stearns, who had nice IRA's on Friday.
I feel for you brothers I've been der and done dat
There is lots of work in the tar sands in Fort McMurray Alta. Canada Calls are 200/ wk. Thins are opening up in Vancouver B.C. Can. before I retired I knew where all the jobs were in the world but now I'm out of the loop
When thing get tough banter your dispatcher to find out where there is work When you hit these big jobs there is no commute you live very close to the jobsite and the co, pay all the bills (room and board)
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Hey, there is plenty of work in Korea and China.
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Hey, there is plenty of work in Korea and China.
Yes and the wages are pretty good as they are looking for trainers
Mabe we could ship them some of our hot shot apprentices that think they know it all or some of our old timers that want to learn some more

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