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Old 12-08-2011, 04:27 PM   #1
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Job Site Tool Storage

....This is aimed at the "smaller guys". Not looking for tool storage on large commercial jobs, but lets say you renoing the main bath on the 1st floor of the garage....where do you guy setup and put your tools and you just take over an adjecent room? Set-up and taken down everyday?

All jobs I have done I was able to use the garage...but not with one coming up.
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Old 12-08-2011, 05:08 PM   #2
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Re: Job Site Tool Storage

Typically ends up meaning loading up everything at the end of the day for me. During the day while working I'll often lay out a tarp in the adjacent room to help keep smaller tools within reach without having to step over them constantly, but end of day it's all cleaned back up.
When it really gets fun is having no garage use or covered area, and have tablesaws/mitersaws/tilesaws to set up and it's raining outside. I have used my enclosed trailer when parking will permit. I keep it without shelving or anything to be more flexible for use....dump trailer, tool hauler, work area etc.


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Old 12-08-2011, 05:12 PM   #3
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Re: Job Site Tool Storage

it varies from job to job really, on big jobs such as complete renos we will set one or both greenlee boxes in a room that doesnt have any windows... the small tools get locked inside the big stuff gets chained up and locked to the boxes.. other times they get locked up in the homeowners shed if there is space. if no space is available all the tools go into the van which is driven by the senior guy on the crew

really small jobs when the crew is split up amongst multiple jobs we use our own gear which can be left in the room being worked on tucked into the corner or we take our own gear home daily
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Old 12-08-2011, 05:18 PM   #4
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I unfortunately am paranoid about my tools. I pack up just about every day. Organization really helps and I don't mean that in a bad way since I am really unorganized. Sometimes I just throw the **** in the back of the truck.

I notice though with Systainers and tool cases, it is easy to set up and tear down daily. I guess it all depends on how much crap you have to haul in day in and day out and how long you will be there.

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Sometimes it is a daily set up & take down. If a job box can be left on a deck or in another room we have done it. Even on small jobs I have set a Conex to house everything & provide a minimal work area.

Jobsite conditions, owners attitudes & requirements vary too much to have a one size fits all method for job set up.
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Old 12-08-2011, 06:42 PM   #6
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For small projects. Typically store material in a spare room. Tools always go into the trailer except a tool box of misc. handtools, cordless drill, radio/charger.

Almost never have the pleasure of setting up a work area indoors, unless the home is unoccupied.
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Load and unload daily A trailer would really help me out!

Sometimes, if I'm comfortable with the neighborhood, HOers are there and the forecast isn't terrible, I leave my big tools stacked neatly and throw a sheet of scrap EPDM over them.

I do a lot of small's gotten easier for me now that I have a simple easy setup that I use every time.

I also try to get the most out of a set up. I'll have the materials and accurate cut lists for 3 or four other works...........Sometimes I'm still ironing out the wrinkles.
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Any tool that are left over night are left ONLY in the room we are working in. Also make it a point to never leave more than 1 or 2 tools. I want the HO to say wow this is progressing nicely not wow look at all the tools and materials. So basically pack in and out every night.

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I sweep and pack my tools in the room I'm working on. Sometimes it's a larger space, and like my current one, it's a breakfast nook. It's part of my end of day ritual, sweep up, and stack tools.

While working, I'll either tent an adjacent room, or use a 10x10 pop up canopy outside. Material storage is always inside, usually a dining room.
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Old 12-08-2011, 07:00 PM   #10
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Leave nothing. If my stuff gets stolen out of my truck at my house then i know I did everything in my power to try and keep them.

Plus if I leave certain tools at job #1 and go to job#2 in the morning and need to go to job#3 that day and require the tools that were left at job#1, that just waists too much time.
My tools are always yelling at me cause the wife and kids take up too much room.
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Old 12-08-2011, 07:27 PM   #11
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Theft potential is seldom a concern at my jobsites, but I pack everything up daily regardless. I get the occasional emergency service call, and need my stuff available 24/7.

Besides, daily packing and unpacking helps avoid the walking in circles for half an hour looking for that tool you laid down somewhere yesterday.
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Old 12-08-2011, 09:04 PM   #12
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Re: Job Site Tool Storage

It depends on the job. On the deck I'm working on currently, I have a knack box sitting out beside my sawhorses on an unused portion of the driveway. I don't need to worry about theft where I'm at, so the job box is just for weather protection. Cords are left out, and the compressor is kept in the owner's shop so it stays warm for easy starts in the morning.
On my last job, which was interior trim, my table saw and chop saw stayed set up out of the way outside, and were covered with tarps at night. Other tools got rolled up and stored in an unused room.
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Amazing how much smaller the tools I own have gotten compared to when I first started. When you work in a city, tools need to be smaller and lighter but still do the job properly. Makes it easier to break down and take out each day or just find a small area to store if it is ok with the homeowner.
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Old 12-08-2011, 09:56 PM   #14
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Jeez you guys are lucky that all the protection you need for your tools is a tarp... I don't even leave something like a shovel in the praying eyes of people after I leave.

On jobs I just store my tools in an old rusty gang box I keep in the homeowners master bedroom...

What is that not right???

All kidding aside... if there's no garage I usually will keep minimal items like vac, cords and saw horses in the area being worked on and all tools go into the truck with me at night.. this way they can't grow legs and walk away...

even if their is a garage available I still hide them with a tarp. think I'm alittle paranoid? Hahaha
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Old 12-08-2011, 10:59 PM   #15
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Unload and load the tools, ask if you can take over a space for the bulky stuff. I always ask if there is a spot where I can park my ladders and shopvac for the night.
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Almost always pack it up everyday, unless unoccupied residence. Even then almost always pack it up
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Everything gets put in the trailer at the end of the day on remodels so the H.O or the H.O kids don't decide to play with my tools after I leave. On new construction I will leave tools set up in the building after the windows doors can be secured.
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Old 12-09-2011, 12:40 AM   #18
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Everything gets packed back in the trailer at the end of the day and all project areas get cleaned. I don't want my customers looking at "construction clutter" when we are not there.
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Old 12-09-2011, 02:21 AM   #19
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Depends entirely on the location, the job, what tools I need, etc...

I've got a 4' greenlee box, a small one, and a small knaack box.

I usually work in nicer areas so theft isn't a huge issue. I generally leave everything on site but my personal tool bags. Lock everything up at night. I just assume that in most cases the H.O. will see or hear someone breaking into my stuff.

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Old 12-09-2011, 06:54 AM   #20
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Pack in and out everyday unless it's a larger job where we can stick our jobox. Then everything that fits is in the box and everything else goes back in the trailer.

We also carry a 10'x10' pop up canopy for rainy days or sunny summer days.


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