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Old 05-02-2017, 10:14 AM   #21
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My back felt so much better after I stopped carrying a tool belt. I actually have a slight curve in my spine from wearing a belt for all that time. I use my Occidental back pocket pouch when I need multiple tools.
hopefully someday soon I can do this. Or maybe get myself an apprentice and he/she can carry all my tools.
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Old 05-02-2017, 10:16 AM   #22
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thats nice, wish I could rock those now.
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thats nice, wish I could rock those now.
If you do your back, hips, and knees will thank you now and in the future.
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I THINK, some young electricians see their tool belt as an identifier, LOOK AT ME I AM AN ELECTRICIAN, or are just poor planners.

I saw an electrician building a service the other day, all work was in a small electric room. Two full tool pouches, full set of nut drivers, needle nose, dikes, bolt cutters, two channel locks, Klein's, Crescent Wrench, full complement of screw drivers and a slew of other tools. WHY??????

In his pocket he needed a few tools rest could be in a tool box on the transformer next to him.
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I THINK, some young electricians see their tool belt as an identifier, LOOK AT ME I AM AN ELECTRICIAN, or are just poor planners.

I saw an electrician building a service the other day, all work was in a small electric room. Two full tool pouches, full set of nut drivers, needle nose, dikes, bolt cutters, two channel locks, Klein's, Crescent Wrench, full complement of screw drivers and a slew of other tools. WHY??????

In his pocket he needed a few tools rest could be in a tool box on the transformer next to him.
If they are in such dire need of identity affirmation they should just sport a forehead tattoo!
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All of the above and strength and stretch exercises will also protect your vertebrae.

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I could do most any work with a cheap, light, nail apron. The ones that they used to give away for free at Home Depot.
I think I still have a couple somewhere.
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I could do most any work with a cheap, light, nail apron. The ones that they used to give away for free at Home Depot.
I think I still have a couple somewhere.
That was the only thing the men in our company wore for tools when I was learning the business as a child. Our isurance carrier has even made comments during site inspections about the oversized saddlebags and orthopaedic complications.
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I could do most any work with a cheap, light, nail apron. The ones that they used to give away for free at Home Depot.
I think I still have a couple somewhere.
That's what my father used his entire career as a carpenter while all the other guys had these huge bags.

I took it one step up and used the Carhartt apron because it had a real belt and I didn't have to tie it closed like the free ones

Then I noticed that the tools would wear a hole in the bottom and poke thru after a few months of use, so I got the small side pouch to hold the main tools.

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This is by far the best pouch I've had. It's light and will only hold
what I need. Even though it's the best, it could be a lot better as
they don't last.
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Commercial Electric, Home Depot's handyman brand. Exactly what I would expect from you.
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I would say use the suspenders. I have personally never used them but my brother has a lot of lower back problems . He moved to suspenders and it had helped him tremendously. I've also had a few people work for me that wear them and they all say they will never go back to the belt.
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Every contractor I have worked for provides carts for your tools and materials. There are not very many tasks where you need more than a few tools at a time.
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All companies I have worked for require pouch at all times. I have a full for comm/industrial,then a technician pouch and cargo pants for res work. Clips on my lighter pocket or change pocket on jeans holds couple drivers stripper and linesman. Fits the bill. No one needs 50 lbs of tools on.


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That's what my father used his entire career as a carpenter while all the other guys had these huge bags.

I took it one step up and used the Carhartt apron because it had a real belt and I didn't have to tie it closed like the free ones

Then I noticed that the tools would wear a hole in the bottom and poke thru after a few months of use, so I got the small side pouch to hold the main tools.

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