I've never been a "toolbelt" person. Have instead used a small
tote/caddy for my stuff. Just saw an ad from Ace Hardware for a
toolbelt. Wondering what people think of using them, am I missing out
on a good thing? They reason I've not used them in the past is I
perceive them as not sufficient to carry all the stuff I want with me
like my multimeter, some nuts and bolts, small sockets, screw drivers,
new parts, etc.
It all depends on how much and what you carry. I used a tool belt (pouch
that hangs on a belt) for many years at work. I also had to climb lots of
ladders and on other things to get to what I needed to work on much of the
time, so I needed both hands free. In the pouch were several screwdrivers,
3 nutdrivers, about 3 or 4 open end wrenches, wire strippers,needle nose
pliers, adjustiable wrench, and channel locks. Also some electrical and
I could be working on 1/4 and 3/8 inch tubing or many kinds of electrical
stuff. I hade a Fluke tester that was long and thin that I often stuck in
my back pocket.
If I needed a real multimeter, I had one in a case that I carried in my
I also used a bag to keep the larger tools and and other items in such as
spray cans of penetrating oil.
Had it not been for all the climbing I think I would have just stayed with a
bag and sholder strap.
I wore a tool belt, but it was a small one. Multi bit screwdriver,
channelocks, lineman's pliers and wire stripers. It was light enough
where it did not bother me.
Trying to fill a pouch with everything you think you might need would
make it too heavy to wear. Keep a tool bag or mud bucket for hacksaw,
hammer and a tester.
Depends on the job.
When working on a ladder, a tool belt makes a lot of sense. When working on
a car, not so much.
If I'm doing a job that requires same tools be used over and over again,
and the work site is kind of spread out, I'll sometimes wear my tool belt.
I also have a cloth apron with 2 big pockets for screws. It beats carrying
a box around.
I recently came into possession of a cloth tool bag which I kind of like.
It's great for those small jobs where I only need a few tools and it's
easier to find stuff in it than in my small metal toolboxes.
When I work on roof equipment, I carry a strap on waist bag of tools.
Including VOM, wrenches, bottle of water, etc.
On mall jobs, I use a fold out box that's about the size of a milk
crate, and has two wheels and fold out handle. Was about $20 at Staples,
and worth every penny.
Try a cheapie from HF, and see if it works for you. Your tasks may be
totally suited to a tool belt.
Christopher A. Young
Learn about Jesus
On 8/7/2013 3:35 PM, Ashton Crusher wrote:
I use one due to the distances I have to walk to do repairs. It's
also handy because it's too easy to forget something. A little plastic
food container fits into one of the pouches. That's a good place to
store the screws, wire nuts etc.
I also have one of these CLC tool backpacks. It has more storage
space. Link here: http://tinyurl.com/lpn9kcq I'm not sure which
one I have anymore. It's about 30 feet from my lazy chair and way too
far away to check.
Just make a belt out of 3/8" steel avation cable. Secure the cable with
two cable clamps on each end. Put this belt on the wsame way you use a
regular leather belt. Then attach two heavy duty cable hooks to your
toolbox, and hang your 150LB toolbox on your steel cable belt. Now you
have all your tools really handy.
On Wednesday, August 7, 2013 12:35:02 PM UTC-7, Ashton Crusher wrote:
For some unknown reason
they make the tool belt pouch
too low on the tool belts
and sometimes the tools spill out
when you bend down.
It’s almost impossible
to find a tool belt
that has a high hanging pouch.
"Do your tools hang low, do they wobble to and fro...."
(Revolutionary war marching song, back in the musket and
flintlock days, entitled "do your [musket] balls hang
Christopher A. Young
Learn about Jesus
On 8/8/2013 2:10 AM, firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
Obviously you need a set of carpenters overalls. They have
all kinds of pockets where you can carry stuff. Of course
by the time you get them filled they weigh about 100 pounds
and make a really great sauna.
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