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tools for the trade

Discussion in 'Newbie Forum' started by mrvixx, Apr 9, 2007.

  1. mrvixx

    mrvixx Member

    Mar 22, 2007
    What other tools besides your vinyl application supplies do you carry to an install sight? I will be doing just vinyl but i dont know if my Dewalt 18v set will be all I need. What about ladders?
  2. WVB

    WVB Very Active Member

    Feb 25, 2005
    I always have an idea of the site before I go. This way I do not bring extra things that are not needed. I never leave without my Bosch PowerBox though =)
  3. imaSIGNr

    imaSIGNr Very Active Member

    Jan 15, 2006
    radio....12 pak .....and a dube.....just kiddin. Depends on what the install is:biggrin:..
  4. Gino

    Gino Premium Subscriber

    Jun 7, 2006
    I hope you have a few extra batteries.

    Take everything you can think of, and then if you don't need it, don't take it out of the truck at the site.

    When you come back.... make a note of every tool you used and start a 'check list'. Eventually, you'll have a list for the different kinds of jobs you do and get an extra of every one of those tools and keep them on your truck all the time.

    You'll need all kinds of fasteners, screw drivers, saws, washers, levels, hammers, persuaders, knives, application tape, paint, oil, weed whackers, cement, water, shovels, paper towels, snot rags, money, razors, squeegees, pencils, gas card, tape, shrimp and keys to the truck.

    As far as ladders... only if you’re going to be more than 6" off the ground. You don't want to be jumping to torque that top screw into the sign.... actually, I think that call is safe for you to figure out on your own.

    Good Luck……….. and don’t forget a ruler !!
  5. ChicagoGraphics

    ChicagoGraphics Major Contributor

    Feb 27, 2007
    Dont forget your squeeze
  6. MVIP

    MVIP Active Member

    Apr 16, 2006
    Depending on the neighborhood. Your gun. lol just kidding!

    Never fails you'll always need what you didn't bring.
  7. THATgirl

    THATgirl Very Active Member

    Sep 16, 2003
    hahaha imaSIGNr and Matt lol!
    I have to have 2 of everything being the scatterbrain I am. So in my truck I have a carpenters bag of exactos, squirter bottles, rags, squeegies, tape, tape measures and levels. And the same thing in my car. OH and a small ladder in each too plus an invoice book so they can pay me on the spot. :O)

    the only thing I don't take is my power drills etc as the batteries always seem to run out unless I charge them right before I go. I don't always need them anyway.
    Last edited: Apr 9, 2007
  8. petepaz

    petepaz Major Contributor

    Feb 14, 2007
    i have every small tool i own in my truck and depending on the job
    i put ladders, generator, compressor
    about a year ago i got ont of those little giant ladders(gorilla brand actually, it was $100.00 cheaper) but it paid for it self 10 times over i got it with the plank for to make the scaffolding (great for box trucks)
  9. petepaz

    petepaz Major Contributor

    Feb 14, 2007
    oh and the 12 pack can't hurt
    make sure you have one of those fancy koozies like they use for fishing
  10. Craig Sjoquist

    Craig Sjoquist Major Contributor

    Jun 18, 2004
    as far as ladders go I have DOUBLE SIDED ladders 2 - 2 foot n 1 - 4 foot my next buy will be a 6 foot double sided like to get a 10 footer also lol wishes...anyway the double sided are very safe cause your on 4 strong feet not 2 n 2 weak ones like a single sided plus when using planks 2x8x8 or 10 with the 3 ladders I cover average distance n heights since windows mostly here are mostly in that range, the 2 footers are used alot in other work so is the the 4 foot, plus you get a extra foot the top step is safe to stand on n use, they both work great over bushes etc. also
    Now I just bought a van was using a small truck, with the truck I only carryed what was needed filled n empty every day, forgot plenty times this n that....now with the van I'll be able to fill with tools n supplys I use most of the time ......the 1st job is a 2nd floor to place 4x8s under then the compartments for the rest as needed, since I'll go after 3 prime areas of work I'll do my best to keep it simple, I've had vans before and it's nice to know you have it with ya...
    thank you n enjoy life
  11. tmac

    tmac Member

    Feb 24, 2007
    Dunkin Donuts Coffee
  12. PMG

    PMG Very Active Member

    Feb 1, 2005
    THE SIGN ITS SELF.........LOL:Oops: :beer :beer

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