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Old 10-02-2016, 11:16 AM   #21
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I carried both for a time, found that I never used the combo square. I use my speed square all the time. Laying out JBs is a big one, but one thing I use it for (that nobody else in my company seems to) is for cutting steel stud to make shelves. Funny how my shelves come out straight while everyone else's are twisted...

Edit: I should clarify that when I say shelves, I mean horizontal pieces of stud to support larger boxes in a stud cavity, or when you want two or three boxes side by side in the same cavity, or what have you.
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Old 10-02-2016, 01:45 PM   #22
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Speed square. Mikey like holes lined up for Ser cable pulled thru joist on 16'' centers, especially since he be using 1/0 , and 4/0 alum ser lots nowadays . The other thing...... The floor is not always level. But the speed square is an exact right triangle. So when bending 90's you can check for true 90 using your speed square against the floor even if it is not level.
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Old 10-02-2016, 02:31 PM   #23
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Ok, one of those aluminum triangle things.
I think if someone pulled one of those out to rough in boxes, I would get his money.
I use a 6" adjustable square all the time. Get my money.
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Old 10-02-2016, 04:59 PM   #24
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I like that @splatz ! Does it lock into common angles like 90 and
45?
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It definitely locks in at 90, and you can make a T or an L or anything in between, use it as a depth gauge or whatever. I forget whether it locks in at 45!
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I use a combination square along with a Holocator for backboxes, troughs and large JB's.

The Holocator is inexpensive and should be in every toolbox, not to mention it is made here in central New Jersey.

http://wireman.com/products/holocate...it-layout-tool

I have a speed square, but it stays in the garage with various other carpentry tools.
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Being a bit old school, I cut my 2x4's with a hand saw if I'm only cutting
a couple. Not sure if this is well known, but hand saws are normally (always?)
designed with 90deg angle between the handle and the blade. So, the saw can
be used as a square to mark the wood then used again to cut it.
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Old 10-02-2016, 06:59 PM   #27
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I also keep a speed square on the truck.

I use it for marking all the way around gutter and 6x6 posts(for services on stanchions) I'm going to cut off.

Laying out conduits on panelboards, gutters, j-boxes, etc.

I also have a 4' magnetic Empire level in my truck that gets used regularly too. I probably have a handful of tools most don't carry on their truck as well. A variety of pry bars, baby sledges, a set of Norseman drill bits(for stainless), etc.

With all the ag and industrial work we do a long ways from the shop, a guy has to be prepared.
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Gotta have the right tools for the job!
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Old 10-03-2016, 09:09 AM   #29
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Either one or none. Doesn't much matter to someone with imagination.

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I use my speed square all the time. I use it for cutting 2x's for blocking or laying out KOs in panelboards and wireway. Works great. I like mikey's idea for using it to check 90's too. Never thought of that.

ETA: Rack-a-tiers "wire dispensers" make great saw-horses btw. Lumber, plywood, strut, conduit, threaded rod, etc.
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Speed square for me. Use it all the time running small pipe, great for measuring back of 90s.
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A 6" speed square lives in my bag, a flexible 6" steel ruler (graduated in 32nds and 64ths) in my breast pocket and our crew has a framing square at our disposal. The steel ruler gets used for so much: checking depth of a hole or cut, scaling prints, feeler gauge, pressing locking tabs on fire alarm devices, messing with new apprentices by giving them dimensions in 64ths, taking measurements of connector locations inside a box. I also use it to modify benders: verify that the center of 45° mark is good, measure along the curve of bender to the arrow, do some math and you can now add marks for center of any other angle. Speed square gets all the typical uses, framing square sees use laying out ceiling tiles.
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Trivia: If you remove the "ruler" from the combination square, what is the "ruler" called?
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Trivia: If you remove the "ruler" from the combination square, what is the "ruler" called?
A sword?

also I use both mostly the combination square. but I also use a line level

for troubleshooting reels and tilt sensors.
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I can't believe this thread has lived to 35 comments. I have a square but I have no idea where it is. If you need a square to cut blocking I feel for you.
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Being a bit old school, I cut my 2x4's with a hand saw if I'm only cutting
a couple. Not sure if this is well known, but hand saws are normally (always?)
designed with 90deg angle between the handle and the blade.
So, the saw can
be used as a square to mark the wood then used again to cut it.
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"Old school", that's a pretty new school thing for saw handles, only since the Stanley 'sharp tooth toolbox' series came out.

Old School Handsaws:



Stanley w/ 90deg an 45deg handle:

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I have a speed square and a framers square. I normally get the framers square for laying out panels and jb's
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I keep a 6" combination square in my tool box along with a push type center punch. Makes laying out and punching cans a breeze since most are less than 12" deep.
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I have a speed square and a framers square. I normally get the framers square for laying out panels and jb's
Like a 16" x 24" square? That's pretty big to carry around isn't it?
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I keep a 6" combination square in my tool box along with a push type center punch. Makes laying out and punching cans a breeze since most are less than 12" deep.
I've always found a 6" combo square pretty handy for all kinds of tasks.
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