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Davidad1
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04/01/2008 9:55 PM

    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 . 

    Estimating is living on the edge between greed and fear
    OdieWyatt
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    04/01/2008 10:17 PM
    I have used a fanny pack, tried cargo pants, but I prefer Target khaki pants (much cooler than jeans in the summer). My pitch gauge fits in one back pocket, my 100' tape in the other back pocket, the laser and regular tape go on my belt and my Canon SD1000 goes in my front pocket.
    BobH
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    04/01/2008 10:53 PM

    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.

    Bob Harvey
    Davidad1
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    04/02/2008 12:18 AM

    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.   

    Estimating is living on the edge between greed and fear
    BobH
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    04/02/2008 1:31 AM
    Posted By David Dickerson on 04/02/2008 12:18 AM

    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.

    Bob Harvey
    Tom Toll
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    04/02/2008 8:59 AM

    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.

    http://www.galls.com/style.html?ass...tyle=TR135

    Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.
    BobH
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    04/02/2008 11:15 AM
    Tom, where do you put your clipboard and claim file while walking around a site? Every now and then I would set mine down and forget where, or you get a house full of black smoke and can't set it on anything.

    I had a very thin laptop bag with shoulder strap that worked great for years, but I kept putting too much in the side pocket and it got bulky. In 2005 I got a "framers tool belt" to carry the bulky stuff and the thin shoulder bag for my clipboard and claim file.

    Now I am just using the CatManDo belt, and unless I need a tape recorder or something I just leave my other junk in the van. I am going to check out those pants with "pocket city".
    Bob Harvey
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    04/02/2008 7:49 PM
    To each his own ......................

    I don't carry a clip board or claim file while scoping a loss. Too much stuff to try to corral in these mild Oklahoma breezes.

    I do carry a green steno pad, the one with the spring across the top, and it tucks in the back of my belt leaving both hands free to access and egress any roof or situation where I would like to have my hands free of clutter.

    My camera is on a lanyard around my neck and I carry my tape on a magnetic holder on my belt.

    I suppose I could get one o' them three legged roller things like a mailman might use but .......................
    Larry D Hardin
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    04/02/2008 8:01 PM
    I, bought a clip on tool belt Husky brand at home depo, it was $10.00. It fits all my tools and has a clip that I attach my clipboard on when climing on and off the roof. The best $10.00 I have ever spent and it clips right off when Im done.
    BobH
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    04/02/2008 8:46 PM
    I tried hanging a clipboard off a hook - clip and occasionally had the papers fall out of the clip (a disaster during one of Larry's "mild" breezes). Maybe you have a stronger clip - but when I set my clipboard down it has to go in a thin shoulder bag or the CatManDo pouch thing or I am toast.

    If it works for you - don't change a thing. I just know I personally will never walk around with an exposed clipboard on my side.
    Bob Harvey
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    04/02/2008 9:39 PM

    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.

    dcmarlin
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    04/03/2008 12:23 AM

    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.

    Gimme a bottle of anything and a glazed donut ... to go! (DLR)
    JimGary
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    04/03/2008 8:32 AM
    Go To Lowes or Home Depot, They have a multitude of small tool pouches that hook on you pocket or belt. Got one for a cellphone that works good for a camera, another that holds my laser, flashlight, pencil, and room for more. I stick my clipboard in my pants in back, or under my arm.

    JWG
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    Tom Toll
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    04/03/2008 10:26 AM

    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.

    Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.
    BobH
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    04/03/2008 10:48 AM
    Go To Lowes or Home Depot
    Yep, that's where I got my older tool belt and it worked good for everything but the clipboard.

    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.
    Gotcha. I think I have more baggage than most people... Moisture probes and who knows what else hanging off my tool belt.

    Plus when I am done with the initial "inspect and photo" I bring out a heavy tri-pod with laptop and do the Xactimate Sketch on site if at all possible, and figure my carpet cuts on site if at all possible. I do a sort of rough handwritten diagram just to have a place to scribble the room dimensions before entering them into the computer, and seem to need full sized paper for that, full sized clipboard.

    I keep getting these houses with modern architecture, rooms aren't square, open floor plans with complex ceilings, and I just need a lot of real-estate to scribble on and do my scope notes.
    Bob Harvey
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    07/01/2008 7:47 PM

    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

    www.customtoolbelt.com

    info@customtoolbelt.com

    888-936-7648

     

    okclarryd
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    07/01/2008 10:37 PM
    And, there ya have it.

    A guy that's very proud of his product and is willing to back it up. Period.

    Chris, if I ever feel the need for one, you're at the top of the list, for sure.

    Would you like to start an adjusting company??
    Larry D Hardin
    Davidad1
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    07/02/2008 10:01 PM
    Chris
    Since I posted om 04-08 . You have sent me a new belt and I thank you. I still have the old belt to send back to you per your request when I got the new belt. I am sorry I have not done it yet... I keep forgetting.. Anyway. I will start thinking about ideas for future models. You do stand behind your product with no questions asked which is a great thing in todays business world .I know another adjustor who I saw last week at a loss and he loves your belt. He put suspenders on his and is very happy with it.

    David
    Estimating is living on the edge between greed and fear
    BobH
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    07/03/2008 1:19 AM
    Posted By David Dickerson on 07/02/2008 10:01 PM
    Chris
    ...I know another adjuster who I saw last week at a loss and he loves your belt. He put suspenders on his and is very happy with it.
    David

    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.

    Bob Harvey
    Davidad1
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    07/03/2008 9:39 AM
    I use suspenders on mine. I have found it helps my back at the end of the day. Standing in a fire loss scoping all day with the weight of the belt on my hips with a tape measure, smart tool, laser tape measure, 50' tape, camera, flashlight, electronic compass , Etc kills my back by the time I get done. I only use the belt at large fire claims , other claims it is cargo pants/ shorts.
    Estimating is living on the edge between greed and fear
    BobH
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    07/03/2008 11:07 AM

    Hi Dave, as I recal you are a restoration person, so likely carry more tools than I do.

    Posted By David Dickerson on 07/03/2008 9:39 AM
    ...smart tool, ...electronic compass

    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.

    Bob Harvey
    Davidad1
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    07/03/2008 3:47 PM
    Bob

    Yes it is like that only smaller.
    I am a tool guy and like to find the use the tools of the trade to help me do my job better and quicker in estimating . I am anal about having certain tool items with me. I should just go back to the truck like you do it sounds alot easier and I am sure my back would agree....
    Estimating is living on the edge between greed and fear
    okclarryd
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    07/04/2008 7:53 PM
    You guys need one o' them three wheeled little carts that the mail man uses to haul his several hundred pounds of mail around.

    You could put in all of your tools, a fold-out table and chair, desktop computer and printer/scanner/fax/color copier, a small refrigerator for a cool refreshing beverage and a built in closet in case your clothes become soiled................................................
    Larry D Hardin
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