Ok so I know some jokes will be coming buy I'm in need of knee pads. I'm doing 95% commercial refrigeration and am getting what my doctor calls a second knee cap. It's excruciating. Does anybody have some recomendations. Please help!!!! Does anybody have any other ideas? I considered a pad like a gel mat that I would bring to each call and set down to work on.
Gel knee pads with sturdy straps...Depot or Sears. Extra velcro on hand when the straps start to go. I seldom pick up my tools without first putting on my knee pads.
There is no shame - just avoid turning to face male customers or coworkers while on your knees...or say things like "I'm happy today because I have my gel knee pads on."
Or whistle show tunes...
You can get the ones built in but it sounds like its too late
If You Can Dodge A Wrench You Can Dodge A Ball
I have a pair of cow hide leather pads lined in a double layer of "horse blanket" material. They are over 15 years old (Uncle gave them to me a few years back).
Originally Posted by cavalieri85
I have tried velcro straps but they stretch out in a very short time. Y leather pads have buckled straps to hold them to my legs. They stand up to anything I have kneeled on so far.
The plastic pads I had cracked in a short time after the the velcro stretched out.
Sears is where Uncle bought them several years ago.
Hope this helps.
You can kneel on them, lay on them, and use on a milk crate or bucket to sit on.
You can try but I wouldnt bother with mats made by anyone else.
Originally Posted by 76olds
I used some cheap ones for years but nothing has been as comfortable or has held up as long as that one (Mine's branded by Kuny's)
I also wear 5.11 Tac-lite Pro pants that have a knee pad pocket on the inside. I've actually stuffed two of their thin neoprene pads in each leg and you can still hardly tell they are there. The best part is they never slip and there's no strap to irritate the back of your leg.
Take a look at these, there pricey but well worth it.
I use these.When I actually use kneepads
Use a Boat Cushion/Life Preserver. They are nice and thick, there are several layers of foam inside them so they will shift taking the tugging pressure off your knees. Never did like the strap on ones, as they always cut my circulation off.
I'm never comfortable in kneepads. Instead I use a piece of closed cell foam (blue or pink stuff 1 to 2"). It's readily available, comfortable, and inexpensive so you can leave pieces at frequent locations.
I use those cheap gardening kneeling pads. Or a piece of arma flex wrapped with duct tape.
This is what I have used for the past 20 years
An army surplus wool blanket. Folded into quarters, you can kneel on it all day. When you have to work on a larger area, 1/2 fold will do. And if you want to protect a floor/carpet, open it up fully.
They run about $25- $30 at surplus stores.
Tried knee pads, bu they were always slipping around on me.
The only downside is the occasional joke about taking a nap on the job. Just tell them, "If I had used this 30 years ago, I wouldn't need it today".
Experience is what you have an hour after you need it.