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Offline Tinker

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Re: What kinds of shop aprons/tool belts do people wear??
« Reply #30 on: January 19, 2008, 08:20 AM »
Wow fellas, thanks for the feedback so far!!

 I looked at the DeWalt pouches a few years ago, they looked very heavy duty, but a big limiting factor for me is I need to wear my tools from my shoulders, I get shooting pains up and down my back if I wear anything more than my pants on my waist for more than a few minutes.

Tom, i don't want to be presumptuous (hope that's the right word), but your mention of back pains from short duration of hanging items from your waist sends up red flags to me.  Perhaps you have done your own research, but if not, i would suggest an examination.  E-xray, MRI or any other method to determine either deterioration or out of allighnment of vertibrae or discs.  I have been there for well over fifty years and so i am concerned. 

For me, i can carry such loads around my hips, so long as i keep the belt loose enough that it hangs so low it almost falls off.  If i carry with belt into my lumbar/sacro area, i can be out of commission in a very short time.  from the shoulders, i can carry a heavy load so long as i keep my back straight and keep moving.  You seem to fit all of the second two, I don't know about the first (wearing belt almost to low)

I do hope my observations are wrong, but i do have a concern.
Wayne H. Tinker

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Offline Tinker

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Re: What kinds of shop aprons/tool belts do people wear??
« Reply #31 on: January 20, 2008, 07:50 AM »
When I was a mason contractor, I wore Lee white work pants.  They were loose fitting and had pockets and lops all over them.  For the most part, i always carried a brick hammer, folding rule, steel tape (usually 25 ft), several pointing tools, pencil, knife and a few other items, depending on the job.

When I was doing form or scaffolding constrution, I exchanged the brick hammer for a 20 oz carpenter hammer.  At those times, i did need a nail bag.  If I was climbing (scaffold construction, I wore a cloth bag with two pockets for the two sizes of duplex nails needed.  For form work, i used a leather (fake leather) belt with the two pockets, again, two sizes of duplex nails.

Towards the end of my masonry days, kids, especially girls, started wearing those white pants with loops and pockets.  the manufacturers recognized this and started making the real flimsy and they would not last thru more than a job or two before falling apart.  I now need something only when working in my WW shop and for the most part, i wear an apron with lots of pockets and especially place for pencils and tape.  a belt just gets in the way and i can hardly move around my MFT.
Wayne H. Tinker

Offline Steveo48

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Re: What kinds of shop aprons/tool belts do people wear??
« Reply #32 on: January 21, 2008, 08:08 AM »
For the shop I wear a very low tech denim shop apron, two low pockets and one high breast pocket.

In construction mode, I gave up my tool belt years ago, I hated all that extra weight and tools poking me in the ribs or gonads when I bent over.  :o

Instead, I have a hammer loop in my pants and shorts and cargo pockets that I don't overload.  I use a 5 gallon bucket with a tool liner to carry most of the small stuff.  Power tools get drug in when I need them.


Offline richard.selwyn

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Re: What kinds of shop aprons/tool belts do people wear??
« Reply #33 on: January 28, 2008, 03:26 PM »
I brought a Bucket Boss nylon belt back from the US.  A lot of people here in France laugh at it, but when your ona ladder / roof etc it saves a lot of time.  I don't like wearing it though.
Festool have a hook system that will let you attach something (usually a drill) to your belt or a ladder.  Its quite handy - and for Festool quite cheap.

Offline Lancashire Fusilier

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Re: What kinds of shop aprons/tool belts do people wear??
« Reply #34 on: January 29, 2008, 01:00 AM »
Yep, I have the Festool belt hook and ladder hook set and now have one of their lanyards permanently secured to my CDD12 for every job whether at height or not to remind me. The good thing is it still fits back in its systainer even with the lanyard secured to it which is good and doesn't impact with the battery changeout.
Paul M. Hamilton
Lancashire Fusiliers & 20th Foot
Historian, Researcher & Collector