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Does anyone use a tool belt for holding your tape, Roof pitch gauge, Lazer tape measure, Camera etc and if so what style do you like .
I had spent $85 on a tool belt in 2005 that was "sort of" working for me, but I always had an issue with where to put my clipboard and claim file. For years I had a thin laptop bag with a shoulder strap - and that worked "OK" with the tool belt but not ideal.
I was sort of reluctant to spend the money for the "Cat-Man-Do" tool belt as it sort of duplicated what I already spent $85 on, but I was very happy with how it held the clipboard. He got the angle just right, and for that alone it was worth it for me. I have been using it for about 3 months during a busy winter storm season and have never been this organized. There are pouches that work with my old bulky laser meter, 100' tape, camera, etc. I moved the hammer-loop thing from my other tool belt to the "Cat-Man-Do" and that keeps my moisture probe if it's a water loss, or roll-o-tape.
The guy supports this site, and seems very focused on making a good product. I don't know him and am not advertising for him, but am a happy customer. http://www.customtoolbelt.com/
His site also sells the Ladder-Max Stand Off Stabilizer, which I find very helpful to avoid denting gutters. If you are placing an order you might consider looking at the other stuff, acculine, etc.
I have a Cat man do belt and so far I am not impressed with the quailty. The water bottle holder and small pouch ripped after a couple of uses and even thought they sent me new ones. The belt is ripping in different areas. I do like the set up and like you I find it handy to hold the clip board... I wish it had more pockets .. I am toying with the idea of getting a framers belt due to the pocket locations and size to hold my tape in one and lazer measurer in another... Plus everything I like to carry.
I do like the set up and like you I find it handy to hold the clip board...
Yeah, that alone made it worthwhile for me. Nothing's broke on mine or even showing signs of wear, and I put in some very long hours since Thanksgiving.
When I get caught up, I am going to mix and match some of the other tool belt components and fine-tune the system. I just really like the clipboard holder, with the cover that folds over your grid paper to keep it from getting messed up from being shoved into the holder.
Galls Tactical T-111 pants are the way to go for holding a multitude of items comfortably. Janice and I both wear them and have for a number of years and they have yet to wear out. They are only $39.95 and galls have shirts to match with dual pockets and an O-ring. The rear large pockets hold a 100' tape easily and the leg pockets hold a 50', and disto. Here is the web site and page.
Carrying the camera on the lanyard works great, hands-free, no bulgy pocket, and it can't slide down off the roof if you set it down. Still had one downside though with swinging & banging it off the rungs of the ladder, so I laced an alligator clip onto the camera strap eyelet & clipped it to my shirt or belt. Problem solved.
I just carry a backpack. I keep my clipboard, tapes, laser, camera, chalk, pitch gauge, etc. inside which keeps my hands free while climbing. Once on the roof, I just hang it on a plumbing stack or against a vent. It's not perfect but works well and is pretty safe. If not climbing or at a fire, I usually just use a fanny pack and carry my clipboard. I usually wear cargo type pants so you have the pockets to hold your stuff when needed.
Bob, apparently Larry, Janice, and I went to the same school, LOL. We carry a notebook that tucks in the back of the pants. We don't need a claim file to carry with us. It stays in the truck. We tried the clipboard trick with a lanyard and put rubber bands around it so the paper would not blow out, but that was a PIA. What we do now has worked well for a number of years. When we carry the camera on a strap while egressing and digressing from a roof, we swing the camera to our backs so it will not be banging on the ladder.
David, this is Chris from Customtoolbelt. First the belts are warranted against any sewing defect or even if you wear out any pouch on the belt. No questions asked 'lifetime warrantee' free replacement as long as you own the belt. Please call me at 888-936-8424 to set up free replacement of any defective items. Second, the belts do not have a water bottle holder so I would like to talk to you about the intended functions of each pouch and possible suggestions for future revisions.
Chris - Customtoolbelt Customer Service
Yep, I still like mine and used it today "Cat-Man-Do" tool belt .
My old tool belt from Home Depot had suspenders, but there was never any place to put my clipboard and acculine. I find that for me personally, the Cat-man-do belt does not need a suspender, just tossing that opinion out there. I think the concept Chris has is "fast on and off" with the quick release buckle, and that works for me when I jump in and out of my van.
Hi Dave, as I recal you are a restoration person, so likely carry more tools than I do.
I wasn't sure if my tools were smart or not... do you mean this thing? A level? Looks like a great tool, but I wouldn't use it often enough to keep it on my belt. Just seeing if there is another tool out there I don't know about - always learning. I keep a 4' level in my van - great for photos showing ridges in a wet wood floor or warping subfloor in a mobile home.
I have an angle finding compass, not electronic, that helps for estimating complex floor plans with angles, but it doesn't weigh much. Sounds like you have a great system that works for you. My system includes a trip out to the van to get rid of the 50' tape, etc when I get to the interior - which enables me to survive sans-suspenders.