When I was raised up as a carpenter we were told to carry the
following in our aprons:
Two nail sets.
A carpenter's pencil went behind your ear.
A tape hooked onto your belt.
The rest went into a tote.
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Color must be a regional thing ... it was always red chalk when I first
heard the term in the UK way back when, and was spelled "keyle", at least
the only time I saw it on a list.
AAMOF, the chalk, "red ocher" or "reddle, IIRC, would actually turn you red
if handled enough.
I used to carry a kit like that- even did a stint stacking trusses for
a while. that was 20someodd years ago, and the state of the art in
framing tools has changed somewhat, and I haven't seen the need to
update mine in a while so the names have changed, but I suspect the
designs haven't, much.
I went through a few sets of toolbelts, settled on a high-end one the
name of which escapes me now- I haven't seen it in a while. I have a
lightweight cotton apron with a couple of pockets that I use when I
need to move around with some fasteners and a tool or two, which does
happen occasionally. if I'm going to do any amount of actual framing
work, which will be happening here when I start building the new shop
in a month or so, I'll wear an old leather 3pocket bag that I inherited
somehow. it's nothing fancy, and I'll never load it up with much, but
it'll let me climb up into the rafters with a load of clavos and a
rock-on-a-stick to put stuff together.
funny now to look back at taking so much pride in framing tools, but I
I don't *like* to carry anything in a toolbelt, but on the occasions
where I need to for one reason or another, I just load it with what I
figure I'm going to need for the job.
The only real constants are a framing hammer on one side, and another
hammer or a hammer tacker on the other (yeah, I've gotten more than a
few funny looks over that, but it helps to balance the weight out so
my hips don't scream at me,) utility knife, speed square, tape
measure, cat's paw, chalk line, and 1.5" chisel. There's usually more
in there, but as noted, it depends on the job at hand.
Much nicer is the tool bag with a rubber bottom for carrying all my
assorted odds and ends. Some contractors will give you hell for using
one of those instead of a belt- but if you can get away with it, it
makes life a lot easier. A few years wearing a belt can mess up your
joints pretty good.
I wear pants or jeans with side pockets, called "carpenter" jeans.
That should handle almost anything that isn't a hammer or drill...which
I carry when needed.
I don't know about you guys, but if something comes up that I would
need the hammer, it's not that big of deal to walk out to the truck or
visit the toolbox.
I don't own any pneumatic nailers and am an amature handyman. If I
was a professional, the story would change.
How do you handle demo work? do you carry your heavy tool belt around
while you're swinging a sledge?
Well, I pretty much just use the tool belt as a handy way to carry lots
of screws or nails if I need them for a particular job. And when I do
wear it, I'll add a few more tools (screwdriver or hammer, tape
measure, utility knife) that I use a lot.
For other stuff, demo work or whatever, I'll forego the tool belt.
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