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Old 05-17-2010, 11:01 AM   #1
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I usually do jobs alone or with my own help, but I'm about to start a large job where there will be a lot of other crews.

I'm curious as to what is the best way to mark your tools to no only identify them, but to prevent someone from wanting to steal them.

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Old 05-17-2010, 11:06 AM   #2
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Paint them bright pink,



or lavender.

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Spray paint them.

Although if you're worried about a guy stealing your stuff and then wire brushing the paint off, you can do what a guy I used to work with did. His last name had 7 letters in it, therefore he made 7 notches or nicks in all his tools. It didn't look obvious, so chances are that if anyone stole his stuff, they wouldn't notice the marking, and could be caught red handed.

Or buy a small engraving tool, and engrave your name on everything.
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A Dremmel, or die grinder with a 1/8"+- round nose cutter. Put your soc sec #, & ph no. As mentioned, pick a unique paint color, & make it a company std.
On ladders, & wlak boards, drill holes to spell out your numbers, & also paint over the ID. It'll make someone think twice about getting caught with them.
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I worked for a builder in NC that had their company name burned in with a stick welder on most of their bigger equipment.

The sad truth though, is it really doesn't matter what kind of markings you put on them, if you leave the opportunity for someone to pick them up they will.

I have painted tools, engraved tools, scratched my name or initials into tools, but the best way I've found is to put them back in the toolbox when I'm done with them. And put a big lock on the gang box.
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I used metallic copper spray paint and painted a G for Gurwell on everything of value I owned.
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I tattoo the serial numbers on my back.
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I worked for a builder in NC that had their company name burned in with a stick welder on most of their bigger equipment.

The sad truth though, is it really doesn't matter what kind of markings you put on them, if you leave the opportunity for someone to pick them up they will.

I have painted tools, engraved tools, scratched my name or initials into tools, but the best way I've found is to put them back in the toolbox when I'm done with them. And put a big lock on the gang box.
Better get a tamper proof lock for the gang box. Our old gang box was broken into twice. first time they got about $200 worth of stuff by using bolt cutters. Second time they didn't get diddly because we had left it on a job mostly empty. They must have used a sledge or something because the latch was all mangled. Usually we just leave hoses, cords, and nails in the gang box anyway.
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I tattoo the serial numbers on my back.

I'm surprised you don't have the entire Festool line-up tatooed all over you?
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Put a score box on the lid of your gang box.

Tools lost or stolen........0
Tool Theives Shot.........2

A few NRA stickers and a Smith & Wesson should do the trick.

Reminding a few guys on the job from time to time that you carry for protection, should help too.

Sign on a guys truck read " Nothing in this Truck is Worth Your Life"
with a Rugger and NRA sticker below it. Makes you think for a minute.
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Had a gang box w/LOTS of tools on a commercial job. Had great locks. On a Sunday w/ area visible from busy street, ***wipes cut corners of lid off w/partner saw. Apparently neighbors thought they were workers, as during the week we were framing w/ metal studs and making lots of noise and sparks. If you've got the ball's, anything is for the taking. Get GOOD INSURANCE!!! And sadly, painting them bright pink is a good idea as Curmudgeon stated above also.
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Booby trap the boxes or take tools home with you, keep them close to you while at the site. There is one thief everybody is trying to get their Sh*t back.
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This should probably go unsaid but here it is anyway. Never, never, never buy tools that you think may have been stolen. No matter how good the deal may seem, don't do it. This just feeds the market for stolen tools. Also, if you have tools stolen, check on craigslist the next few weeks. I have heard of a few cases where guys who are vigilant can find/recover their stolen tools.
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Put your garbage in the lock box and hide the tools under an old moving blanket.

Honestly engrave your name on them, you can get an engraver at sears for 15 bucks. I wrap some wire around the handle of my tools and write my name with a sharpie on them to make it obvious. If someone wants to steal them they will.
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i take all my tools with me at night. cant steal whats not there. i know its a pain, but its how ii do it. my miter saw stand, out feed table, ect stays on site as its not worth stealing.
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I only have a few tools of my own but they are all painted Baby Girl Pink

My father used to carve the last 4 of his SS# in his stuff.
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I use a paint pen--name and date of purchase. Sadly thieves don't care--it does keep some bodys helper from accidentally loading your tools with theirs.

The date helps --I cursed out a big belt sander for dying--till I remembered I bought it in 1973.

Get your self a gang box with hidden locks---keep it locked on the job-take the box home each night.

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Every single tool I own is engraved. (except the engraver itself )
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I have a friend in Memphis who either engraves, or marks in some manner, "666" on all his tools. He has never lost a tool in all the years I've known him (about 20 years now).
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I have had the truck stolen
and cleaned out twice.
All of my stuff was marked,
name and phone.
Never saw a single tool again.

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