Tool belts come to be handy for not only electricians but also for plumbers, mechanics, handymen and literally any kind of workmen. But as an electrician when you’re dealing with such belt for the first time, there are some issues. First of all, you don’t know how to setup your tools onto it, so that you can access your tools while working.
In fact, I’ve seen many workmen not to get most out of their tool belt and eventually, throw it right away.
However, if you’re in need of a first-hand guide on how to set up and organize your tools in a tool belt, you’re in the right place. We’ve talked with a group for expert handyman and learned how they set up their own tool belt.
And this post you’re reading is just the crafted copy of what we’ve learned in this regard.
- 1 How To Setup Electrician Tool Belt- The 3-Step Guide
- 2 Tips while Setting Up Your Tool Belt
How To Setup Electrician Tool Belt- The 3-Step Guide
The proper way of organizing and setting your tool belt can leave a huge impact on your efficiency. Here goes the three-step guide on the task.
Step 1: Make Sure You Have the Right Tool Belt
No matter how much busy electrician you are, you need to have a number of pockets and compartment in the belt. You need to put various sizes of screws, nails and other tools and a tool belt with at least 15-20 pockets would do the job. A good tool belt will have space to keep various fasteners and hand tools as well. Also, they will be available for both hands. In case you’re a right-handed person, you will need to have a right-handed belt where the dominative tools will be on the right side.
Step 2: Organize the Tools for Dominant Hand
Once you are done with selecting the right tool belt for your job, let’s go and organize the tools onto it. As you know, electrician’s tools are widely divided into two categories- dominant hand tools and assisting hand tools. As a consequence, you’ve to keep these two groups in mind while you’ll setting up your electrical belt.
A general duty claw hammer(12 to 16 oz weight). A flat carpenter’s pencil that won’t break and work fine for rough works. A chalk line for snapping long and straight lines. A slip joint plier for putting nails. A utility knife for cutting drywall, roofing works etc. Extra blades of both straight and curved type. These are the most common picks of tools that you should keep on the dominant side of the tool belt. As per your preferences, there are be more items added or subtracted.
Step 3: Organize the Tools for Assisting Hand
Just like the dominative hand tools, there is another set of tools that are known as helping tools. Usually, you need the other hand to pick up and use these kinds of tools. There are also some fastener items along with tools that you should keep in this part of the tool belt- Nail set: one for large nails and another for finish nails. A cold chisel for plaster works and concrete demolition. Four in one screwdriver that can deal with both Philips bits and straight bits.
Fasteners to smoothly feed nails as the hammer pushes them off. A square for a tandem with pencils. In case you need anything apart from regular electrician’s job, you may consider putting some other tools as well. But remember, this part of the tool belt is supposed to keep light. So, any bulky item on this part of the tool belt might is troublesome. Once you are done with setting up your tools belt, you are ready to move forward. Make sure you’ve got everything necessary into the belt, and they’re kept to the right hands.
After you’re done with the setup, theoretically you are ready to work. But if you’re somehow new to electricians works, there are some more tips for you. Here you go-
Tips while Setting Up Your Tool Belt
Reverse the Belt and Switch the Pockets to Rear
When it comes to electrician’s work on the roof, wall, or when a plumber is up to works like wall framing, this comes to be an important tip.
Because, while you are working at any front-facing position, pockets and tools will trouble you a lot. The tape measure pouch and other tools will make bending difficult.
As a remedy, keep the pockets of the tool belt on the rear side of yours by reversing the belt. That would help you to bend easily.
Stay safe While Climbing the Ladder
No matter you are an electrician or plumber or any other kind of workman, you have to climb ladders every once in a while. And while climbing, a tool belt full of tools might be a serious problem. Because there are many measuring tools and fastening tools that are tall is size.
Once you keep them in the frontal pockets, the extended heads of these tools can create trouble to climb the ladder.
A quick and effective remedy of this problem is to carry your tools at the rear side of the ladder. There are belt waistbands that can be used as a perfect place to hold tools like drill carriers.
Also, you can stash more tools within the waistbands easily. In such a way, climbing on or off the ladder won’t be trouble anymore.
Let's watch how to setup electrician tool belt
Thanks for going through the entire guide on how to setup electrician tool belt for handy works. One last tip from our side is to save your back while setting up the belt. Use suspenders to distribute the weight of the tools uniformly.
Also, when you have to lift objects like ladders, plywoods or other heavy stuff, it needs a little practice to do it wearing belt full of tools.
You better give it a few trials before you actually go for such complex tasks.