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Forum topic by Bill1225 posted 06-23-2013 05:01 PM 3135 views 0 times favorited 10 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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06-23-2013 05:01 PM

Just seeing what everyone else carries?
Framing rig- occidental framer
20oz estwing or stilleto
High vis utility knife
Fat max 30’
Speed sqaure
Cheapy combo square
Chalk box red
1” beater chisel
Cats pawl
Worm drive wrench
Multi screw drivers
Putty knife chisel style
Couple handful of 8’s and 12’s
5 racks of 8’s and 12’s bullets

Finish rig – carhart waitress apron
16 oz hart( when they were still a good hammer)
Chisel putty knife
Small trimmer style cats pawl
6” starret combo sqaure
Small lie Nielsen block plane
Small starret machinist bevel gauge
Old steel bandaid box with misc bits and good pencil sharpener
High vis utility knife
Home made reveil gauge
16’ fat max
Blue chalk box

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#1 posted 06-23-2013 05:18 PM

Concrete Carpenter
24 oz framer, with wood handle
2 Visegrip Finger clamps
35’ tape measure
100” tape measure’
2 Chalk lines, one RED, and one blue.

Cats Paw
Apex bits, phillips and a 5/16” hex head.
Ut Knife
12” cresent wrench
10” vise grip pliers
1 pound of duplex nails
1 pound of “Grade nails’’ to mark grade on completed forms
Dogs & Pins as needed for the forms.

All of this in two pouches, plus tape pouch. Hung on a belt, and suspenders to boot. Some days it was about 40 pounds to carry around all day long.

Also hand carried:
48” level
36” crow bar
Hilti Hammer drill
200’ extension cords
Concrete tools, in a bucket.

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#2 posted 06-23-2013 06:31 PM

I took off my tool belt when I retired and have not wore it for 13 years and counting.

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#3 posted 06-23-2013 07:13 PM

I’m in the same category as Jim Finn, but your belt sounds pretty close to what I used to carry.
As I got older, I shed some of my belts’ weight…lol

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#4 posted 06-24-2013 07:48 PM

IMHO An old fashioned Plumb, 22oz checkered head, rip claw framer with a hickory handle is still the best implement of construction for framing. Good vibration/impack absorption, great balance and plenty of heft to get the job done. Plus no frills sensibility, and still under 25 bucks! For some reason now it is called an “Autograf”? Go figure

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#5 posted 06-24-2013 08:02 PM

I keep “a cold one” in mine. What kind of “cold one” depends on what I’m doing in the shop.

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#6 posted 06-25-2013 12:51 AM

Swiss Army knife.

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#7 posted 06-26-2013 02:10 AM

#1- Scaffold
custom framing bag on the left, custom holster on the right, and saw hanging behind left butt cheek
Miller tower climbing harness
100% tie off lanyards
12’ personal retractable
15OZ stiletto
3/4-7/8 podger wrench
Knipex 8” mini bolt cutters
9” torpedo level
gearwrench quad box wrench (9/16 – 3/4 in)
7/8 speed wrench with the open end cut off and an 8” cresent wrench welded in its place
safety knife
16’ fatmax tape
15” 9 tpi hand saw in a leather case
water bottle
hard nails and 16 duplex nails
all tools are on a 4' retractable tool tether
It weighs in at just under 60 LB’s replacement cost around $1300

#2 concret-framing
double framing bags and a kline bolt bag
28oz estwing
35’ fatmax
red chalk box
speed square
10” spud cresent
9” torpedo level
vice grips
dry string
8 and 16 DD duplex
probably around 50 lb’s loaded replacement cost around $400

#3 trim
single framing bag on the left and a canvas bolt bag on the right
16oz leather handle estwing
25’ fatmax
combo square
1/2” chisel
glue bottle
nail set
cheap dovetail saw
block plane
around 15 lb’s
everything else is in a bucket buddy usually on a cart replacement cost around $200

#4 drywall / steel stud / drop ceiling
framing bag on the left screw gun holster and bolt bag on the right
20 oz estwing
25’ fatmax
neon orange chalk box
speed square
4 small spring clamps
dry string
pop rivet gun
weighs around 35 Lb’s replacement cost around $300

Those are the 4 rigs I have hanging in the shop. I have them set up and ready to go for whatever the job calls for. I swap out the harness depending on the job site safety requirements. The scaffold rig is worn at heights in excess of 400’ climbing like a monkey and hanging from your b*lls, probably one of my favorite jobs to be on next to trim.

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#8 posted 06-26-2013 02:28 AM

Nice to see a fresh conversation on LJs.

Been awhile since I’ve needed to wear a belt, but this is what I think I used to carry

Hammer (either framing, finish, or drywall depending on what I was doing)
speed square
blue chalk box
magnetic torpedo level
couple of nail sets
sharpie marker
this HF screwdriver
a stud finder
12v Bosch drill/driver
tin snips
a little box of assorted drill bits and screw driver insert tips
utility knife
25’ tape measure
lockjaw locking pliers
and as dumb as it looks i always have one of these my shirt collar

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#9 posted 02-18-2017 03:14 PM

I was a framer for a few years, and a local handyman as such my main set of bags is quite eclectic.

Leather tool bag, Home Depot purchase 20 years ago, three bag set, since modified, and the third bag has been added to as a secondary bag to my electrical setup.

Main Belt
Accessory Holders Modified for catsclaw Homemade wonder-bar holder (they’re too heavy to carry around, but it’s nice to have it handy during demo, came up with my own design. Hammer holder Cordless Tool hook

Fastener Bag
Mini-Maglite with LED, stitched on a holder for flashlight

Tool Bag
Fatmax utility knife
2” chisel (worn, used for all sorts of scraping and prying)
Gerber multi-tool, nice quick slide out style
Tape measure, I prefer the yellow contractor II, hard to find
Lennox 6-way screw driver
GB electrical power sensor
Various driver bit (in the tape pocket)
Sharpie-added sewn pocket, with the cap glued into it
8” wood handle square
6” speed square
Mini-file set
GB wire trimmer
While I don’t always have them, I did modify a pocket on either side to hold my 12v Bosch driver and impact minis

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#10 posted 02-18-2017 04:13 PM

2 spud wrenches, 1 bull pin, 12” adjustable wrench, striker, bolt bag, and 25’ tape

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