I bring most anything back that I don't think I'd use without being obnoxious at the supply house. Home Depot and Lowes, everything unneeded is fair game for returns. I have a junk drawer with all kinds of ground bar screws, panel screws and other odds and ends. I like to have a good assortment of basic white and ivory devices, GFCIs including a WR one or two. Plates for both colors and an assortment of breakers. This is based on residential service mostly. An assortment of the usual nail on, old work, smart box, four square, and maybe a few pancakes, metal old works, and a fan box or two.
Add a couple of rolls of wire and that’s about it. Single conductor and data cable stays behind unless I know I will need it.
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Funny how things change over the years. You think things will go one way and then they go completely different.
My second year in business I bought an enclosed trailer. 220/221 sent me some plans for shelving that was similar to what his guys had in their box trucks. I used to carry EVERYTHING around. LOL! I generally had enough materials to wire at least 1 house, do 10 service calls and a few small remodels on the truck....
After blowing through the 10 sets of tires and 2 axels, I decided to cut back a little.
I didn't have a trailer but that was me. Since I had the service call territory of three states, and usually was in BFE where there were no supply houses I carried a replacement for about everything from mother boards to card readers, to wiring, to $3K dome cameras. It was tough having to work on fire, CCTV, Access control, security, nurse call etc. with 3 to 4 vendors all using different products and devices.
I was also the local mobile tool box for any job. I had the right tool for the job because I had to. Any time a co worker was working on a special connector they knew I had the crimping tool for it.
I only let one guy get away with a tool and that was because he didn't show up the second day of work. Never happened again.
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