Im fairly new to the finish carpentry trade. Doing mostly commercial work. I have been investing a lot in new tools and have to carry them from job to job daily.
I am not always in eyes sight of my tools bags and equipment and i keep getting comments from other contractors about my new tools which is starting to make me a little worried about things growing legs.
Anybody have any tips?
Most my tools i mark my initials with a sharpie but that can be erased. And im not a fan of carving initials into tools incase i ever decide to sell them to buy better ones
Yup. Get past this \/Anybody have any tips?
That's a dopey reason not to mark your tools to prevent theft. Especially when they start to look like every other used tool once the newness wears off. Get an engraver and mark them all.im not a fan of carving initials into tools incase i ever decide to sell them to buy better ones
That's a great idea. I have been writing my name on some of my stuff with a permanent marker ,(not as permanent as engraving but it's more to help me know that it's mine, things like ladders etc.) I never thought to write the date of purchase but that could be useful. Sometimes I have had something go wrong with a tool and wonder if it's still under warranty, a date written on it would be a big help.I've also started putting the date of purchase on the tool. Doesn't do much, but when it starts to go bad, I can look at the date and realize I got alot of years out of it. For example I have a Dewalt battery that doesn't hold a charge very well anymore. The date was in 08. I decided it wasn't too bad after all.
99% of guys won't steal your chit (they damn sure will use it though, but that doesn't bother me as long as they ask). It only takes that 1%'er and you're buying new tools. I have had many small tools go missing on jobs over the years.Watch your tools like a hawk; act as if you think everyone is out to steal them.
I do. I get paid to do a job professionally, and I have my necessary tools with me.I dont mind someone using my tools except my levels... had to return one because a coworker dropped it off a 16 foot step ladder. Good ol johnson levels with their lifetime warranty
Good pointI do. I get paid to do a job professionally, and I have my necessary tools with me.
I don't like it when a plumber or electrician shows up and asks to borrow a hammer or screwdriver because he "forgot" to bring his. I don't ask the H.O. to borrow a ladder because I "forgot" to bring mine. It's part of the job to come prepared with tools.