Well, I don't know how much time some of you have spend on a commercial roofs but in some cases a walk back to the truck can cost 20 minutes. I normally have a Gerber, a pair WR-5 ViceGrips and a small flash lite. All items have saved me daily. Normally I'll go check a unit prior to hauling 40 pounds of tools to it. I do own two homes and a 34' boat so yep I guess I qualify as a HO and DIY? I guess that's true too, 'cause if it's broke I can fix it!
Diceman I do understand your opinion but at 53 years of age I've learned to work Smarter not harder. If one of my multipurpose pocket tools saves me time and gets me out of a jam, I'm happy.
I almost forgot. I keep several 4 in 1 screwdrivers around. Where they've saved me before the using the shaft as a nut driver. I think I have one Stainless Steel that came from West Marine.
Well I'm 4 years older than you and when I go on a roof I take my hand tools, everything I need to at least diagnose a unit is in there.
A tool pouch that really isn't that heavy.
I'm just kidding a bit too............
I can see walking around with a leatherman on your belt....... but on a service call I take my real tools. I been on more commercial roofs than I can remember and it does suck to haul your ass back to the truck................which is why I take my hand tools in the first place.
I have found multi tools just don't fit the need of normal, single purpose tools.
Not even close.
I love my klein tools I tell everyone at work if it aint klein it aint mine. But that's bs now..the klein 1000000 in one or whatever the hell it is is great, but Lenox makes a good multidriver too. As someone else said it's always a good idea to have the ONE right tool. But Multitools are convenient for mostly low torque applications..that's my opinion anyway.
On a normal residential call I start out with a meter bag on my belt, a set of klein needle nose (with wire strippers), channel locks, small crescent, 1/4inch nut and 5/16 phillips and flat blade and gauges and flashlight. Sounds like a lot but it all fits in my back pocket amazingly. May not be a good habit but it's one I formed and for most light duty applications that gets the job done.
I never used a 6n1 and always carried a half dozen klein screwdrivers until one day working on a roof i found this el cheapo orange handle screwdriver. I've used it everyday after that for about 15 years now.
I would only buy the top manufactures klein, irwin, lenox, but the problem youll have is losing the bits or at least i do. But i still carry one. get you a flashlight holster and carry it on your belt be amazed how much time it will save you !
I just scored a GreatNeck 4 in 1 screw-stick at the Black & Decker Outlet for $3.99. They also had drill/Nut driver assortments for nuts (1/4", 5/16" and 3/8") for .78 and three double ended drill/drivers (+ & -) for .78. Hey I splurged and got two each of the 78 cent deals. I was happier over the Black & Decker Drill/Nut drivers sets for .78 than the 4 in 1. The main reason I stopped by the outlet store was to see if they had any Dewalt... Not a one. They had some smokin' deals on Cheap A@@ FireStorm's!
I'm looking for a 13 in 1... then, then all I'll need is a flash light!