5 Effective Ways To Get More Out Of How To Wear A Tool Belt
From the backyard, DIY enthusiast to the professional builder, the tool belt is an age old and vital part of every handyman’s arsenal. Of course, I know you know how to wear a tool belt, but with everything, there are always little tricks you can do to get even more out of this essential tradesman’s assistant. So, here are 5 effective “How to wear a tool belt” ideas to increase your ease of use and productivity, whether you’re building a treehouse in the backyard or a new skyscraper, or anywhere in between.
Pockets, pockets, pockets
First thing is making sure you have a quality tool belt with plenty of pockets. If you want to be efficient and have an enjoyable experience working with your hands, you need to have everything close to hand. That’s the whole point of having a tool belt, isn’t it? To have everything you need right there when you need it.
Making sure you have the right handedness for you needs too, if you’re a lefty and your hammer loop is on the right-hand side will become very old very quick. That’s not going to happen if you take your time and do some research on your tool belt before you buy and make the effort to find one that has enough pockets to carry everything you need for the job at hand. That brings me to my next point.
Organise you toolbelt
This may seem obvious, but a disorganised toolbelt will slow you down and become not just an inconvenience but also a safety hazard. If you are at the top of a ladder and have to dig around for the right fastener or tool, you’re not focusing of getting the job done, and certainly not focused on staying safe at heights.
The other reason an organised tool belt will make your life better, is the greater ease you have getting the job done, the more you’ll enjoy it, and the more you’ll want to do more. If you watch a skilled contractor with a well organised tool belt, it is a thing of beauty, an elegant ballet of construction. The worker will have the tool required in their dominant hand while pulling the fastener out with their “helper hand”, then as if by magic there is another tool in the dominant hand and the first tool has been returned effortlessly to its position.
Having the right tools for the job
Again, this seems like a given, but the amount of people who don’t take an extra minute at the start of the job to ensure they have everything they need in their belt is staggering.
It’s very simple really, think through what you’re planning on doing, then make sure you have the tools you need for that, hammer, screwdrivers, nails or screws, chalk lines etc. Then any extra ones you may need if things don’t go to plan because you know nothing in construction goes exactly the way you plan.
Setting up you tool belt
Next divide them into primary working tools and secondary tools. Primary tools are the ones you use with your dominant hand, hammers, screwdrivers, knife and pencil. These go on the side of your dominant, or working, hand.
If you are right handed this is your right hand, if you’re a southpaw, obviously, they go on your left. Secondary tools are the ones you have in your non-dominant, or helper, hand. These include rulers, set squares, fasteners and chisels etc. Set up right this step cansave you a huge amount of time going up and down ladders, digging in your pockets for nails and searching for that screwdriver you “saw somewhere”.
This last trick is not quite as obvious as the other ones here, but believe me, at the end of the day, you and your back will be thanking me.
Wearing a heavy tool belt puts pressure on your waist and lower back, and while it does prevent you from having to bend down to pick up tools as much, will give you a sore back if you are not used to it. The way to solve this problem is to spend a little bit of money (usually no more than $15) on a set of wide band suspends to help distribute the weight more evenly. Combine this with setting your tool belt’s pockets to the sides rather than at the front, and you will reduce the overall weight put onto your lower back, allowing you to work longer, more comfortably and more effectively.
So, there we go, 5 tricks of the trade on how to wear a tool belt that will help you work more efficiently, get more enjoyment from your projects and stay safer, whether you are working in the home or on the worksite.