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Old 02-06-2015, 10:19 AM   #1
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I am looking for a good quality pencil for framing, siding, foundation work.

The pencils we get from the lumberyards often don't last a day without the lead breaking.

Anyone have good suggestions?
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Old 02-06-2015, 10:23 AM   #2
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I've used the husky carpenters mechanical pencil, as well as the Irwin, and they both worked great, problem is you do eventually run out of lead, which will mean going back to the truck for more, as it would get destroyed riding around in your bags every day.

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I am looking for a good quality pencil for framing, siding, foundation work.



The pencils we get from the lumberyards often don't last a day without the lead breaking.



Anyone have good suggestions?

I hate sharpening them numerous times till you get to good led...
Then go to make a mark and a 1 in. piece falls out.

It's from the guy at the yard slapping them down on the counter. I really hate when they do that. (Not that I got any pencils in many years. Cheap )

I like these...

Carpenters Pencils-imageuploadedbycontractortalk1423242666.576248.jpg

The kids pencils from kindygarden...

Whenever I see them, I grab a handful.

Sharpen with a knife in the field and in the AM or when a fine line is required, I have this on one of my doors.

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Johnson mechanical carpenters pencil
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Ha! I like kindergarten pencils too. That's probably about when my writing stopped developing anyway.
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They are called primary pencils, several years ago I bought a box of 500 for $20 I bet there are still 400 left.
I don't remember where I got those

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http://shop.bramedirect.com/index.ph...t_id=100119271
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Primary pencil sounds so much better than kindergarten pencil. I'm going to use that.

Sorry for the derail Tim. Have you tried the Milwaukee Inkzall fine point? It does a pretty nice job and it's a lot easier for me to see on PT. I found the wet surface claims to be overblown. We recently laid out a bunch of stringers in some light rain and it didn't do the job. My kindergarten primary pencil worked just fine though.
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I have had good luck with HD pencils. They give them to me.
Used to use red and black but can't beat the price.
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I like the Fatboy.
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This tread urged me to research some better sharpening techniques. I break too much "lead" (graphite), too.

It seems that pushing the blade with one's thumb to carve it helps to minimize the breakage (instead of whittling it like a stick). Worth a shot.
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I like the Fatboy.
I like the looks of that tape measure on the packaging, with on board sharpener, do they sell that as well and where?

As for the pencil...
I'd loose it first day.

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This tread urged me to research some better sharpening techniques. I break too much "lead" (graphite), too.

It seems that pushing the blade with one's thumb to carve it helps to minimize the breakage (instead of whittling it like a stick). Worth a shot.
By all means, it's a gentle touch.

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I like the looks of that tape measure on the packaging, with on board sharpener, do they sell that as well and where?

As for the pencil...
I'd loose it first day.

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I used to get them by the case for free from the lumber salesmen, but that stopped 5 or 6 years ago, now I buy then by the case from Bon Tools

http://www.bontool.com/product1.asp?P=PENCILS

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I like the Faber Castell "H" pencils.
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I'll second on the Fatboy. Works great!
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I like Staedtler Mars Lumograph 100 HB...although a buddy of mine was cleaning out his office and decided to throw a big box of pencils in the dumpster when I so gracefully swooped in and snagged them. Most of the pencils were junk until I ran across a few dozen of these...

L&C Hardtmuth inc. Blackie 357...look at the lead in these things
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The ones 84 lumber has are the best pencils I've ever used. I have boxes on boxes.
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Whatever i can squeez out of the crane operator that week....
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