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Old 09-14-2009, 10:00 PM   #1
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Hello, I am new to the the electrical trade and I am looking for advice on tools. Not sure what I do and do not need. I bought most of my hand tools today and I went with Kleins because the company I will be working for recommended them pricey but very nice. What I am having a hard time with is finding the right tool belt. Looked at Occindental and Mcguire-Nicholas along with clc. Occindental has a line made specficlly for electricians. A little about my job will be doing residential first then move to commerical/industrial jobs the company wants you to be able to do all aspects of there jobs. Any advice would be great.

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Old 09-14-2009, 10:36 PM   #2
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Invest in an empty spackle bucket.
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For the pouch , I use the old reliable Klein 5166....

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0002DOK1A
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What you need for a pouch depends on what you're doing (commercial, residential, industrial, mainenance, etc.). See what the others in the company are using and ask around.

Where in Iowa are ya?
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i've got one of these

http://www.clccustomleathercraft.com...sp?partNo=1527

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¾ of which an apprentice doesn't need (or should even have).
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What you need for a pouch depends on what you're doing (commercial, residential, industrial, mainenance, etc.). See what the others in the company are using and ask around.

Where in Iowa are ya?
28995 Lansing Road
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5 gallon bucket (dont buy it) if you gotta buy a rig i recommend one that has material pouches on left and tools on right
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¾ of which an apprentice doesn't need (or should even have).
Yeah, really all you need is a broom and a pair of linemans.
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Too bad it's 3 hours away. I woulda bought lunch some day.
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Totes are nice, unless you are required to wear a belt. I have a $250+ Oxy belt and suspenders system I hardly wear any more. What's nice is it is a good quality system and I can go back to them when ever I want.

I would wait to get an Oxy or Veto tote until you get more comfortable with things and how you will be working. The CLC stuff is fine for a year or two, more if you take good care of things.
An Oxy or Veto tote will last nearly forever but are $$$.

Same philosophy goes for a belt. Get used to wearing one then in a few years invest in a good set that you will have for a very long time.
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Thanks alot, I like the "broom" as a needed tool. I did a job shadow with them for a day just to see if this is something that I would want to do as a profession. Because I have no background I this field I have managed a 2600 hd sow farm for 9.5 years. So I didn't want to quit my job and do something else if I didn't like it. So when I job shadowed I work with a 72yr old he's the site boss and another apprentice 30 some years old with two years with the company. The 72 year old has a tool belt and the 30 yr old has a tool tote. The 30 yr old seemed to be unorganized with the tote where as the 72 yr old had everything on him at all times. So I think I will try to get a middle of the road priced belt system. Is leather better or worse than nylon? So the belt looks more convient. Back to the broom the 72 yr old said he would take me over the 30 year old and I have no experince... just poking. Thanks for the replies. Riverside, Iowa
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¾ of which an apprentice doesn't need (or should even have).
i'm a 3rd year holmes... that mean i shouldnt have any of that ****?
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i'm a 3rd year holmes... that mean i shouldnt have any of that ****?
Who is Holmes? Is he the butler?


I think he meant a complete greenie.
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5 gallon bucket (dont buy it) if you gotta buy a rig i recommend one that has material pouches on left and tools on right
Get another bucket


Those bucket liners people use with all the pockets and crap hanging off them are so annoying.
You load that bucket up with so much crap, you don't even know what you are humping around and are always taking everything out to find one thing.
No thank you.

Get another bucket.
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I think he meant a complete greenie.
Yo Esse.. he meant homes same as holmes


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i'm a 3rd year holmes... that mean i shouldnt have any of that ****?
You're in your third year and just now you're thinking about buying your first set of tools?
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Now I'm really confused...
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My opinion:

Pouch is a good way to give you arthritis in your hip after 30 years in the trade.

Get a 19" tool box, and wear Carhart bib overalls. Carry any tools you need for THAT PARTICULAR JOB in the pockts and leave the rest in the box. The box goes with you to where you are working, but carrying a bunch of crap on you will just wear you out....and it's bad on the knees.

As for tools: KLEIN and Craftsman are your friends. Both are made in America.

the best tool you can have is an open mind.....if you're not sure....STOP and ask the Journeyman for assistance. The trade will reach right out and kill you if you don't think before you do! NEVER stick your hands in a panel or a box without ENSURING that it is not "hot", and if it is "hot" don't do squat with it until your journeyman tells you to do it.

Basically, until you're a Journeyman, you don't make decisions. After you've been doing it for awhile, it will be even more dangerous for you, as you will know just enough to get yourself hurt.

Not trying to hurt your feelings.....but on the job site, there's no room for cockiness.

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