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    Knee Protection?

    Wondering how many techs out there are doing anything to prevent knee problems down the road, and what your doing.

    I'd like to hear your ideas. As a younger service tech I'm looking to prevent knee problems from forming down the road.

    Currently I'm wearing volleyball knee pads under my work pants, I'm able to move freely and drive from call to call without removing the knee pads. Seems to be working so far.

    Any input is welcome,

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    Quote Originally Posted by Draffip View Post
    Wondering how many techs out there are doing anything to prevent knee problems down the road, and what your doing.

    I'd like to hear your ideas. As a younger service tech I'm looking to prevent knee problems from forming down the road.

    Currently I'm wearing volleyball knee pads under my work pants, I'm able to move freely and drive from call to call without removing the knee pads. Seems to be working so far.

    Any input is welcome,
    volleyball knee pads??? will you post a pic? I'm using a foam gardening pad 'cause I can move it around easy and it doesn't choke the blood flow to my legs...I'm willing to try them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sprmktrefertech View Post
    volleyball knee pads??? will you post a pic? I'm using a foam gardening pad 'cause I can move it around easy and it doesn't choke the blood flow to my legs...I'm willing to try them.
    I like a foam gardening pad.

    I actually try to sit rather than kneel when I can.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sprmktrefertech View Post
    volleyball knee pads??? will you post a pic? I'm using a foam gardening pad 'cause I can move it around easy and it doesn't choke the blood flow to my legs...I'm willing to try them.


    They were a little tight the 1st few days, but now I hardly notice them. Plus I wear them under my pants so you can't tell I'm wearing knee pads.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Draffip View Post


    They were a little tight the 1st few days, but now I hardly notice them. Plus I wear them under my pants so you can't tell I'm wearing knee pads.
    thanks for the pic...I'll swing by a sporting goods shop and check it out....

    My wife sugested using this memory foam pillow I got layin' around...lol.. we call it the brick....looks like I might have a new home for it...

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    I have used these for years, the best I have ever found. You can wear them over your pants. You can change them real easy



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    "Paddle faster, I hear banjo music"

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    Wool army blanket

    I have used them for years. Fold on up for knee protection, open it up to protect the floor. Wool doesn't ignite like cotton when a little hot rod falls on it.

    And you don't look like a douche wearing kneepads.

    However, you do have to take the jokes about, "are you napping on my time?"
    Experience is what you have an hour after you need it.

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    I think I have a Cardboard fettish?

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    Quote Originally Posted by jpsmith1cm View Post
    Don't they chafe the backs of your knees?
    Been using them for over a month and no problems, other than sweat.

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    If you cook the muscles, tendons, and ligaments around your knees, you'll have big problems. Also I'd be afraid of blood clots, from those while driving. I use a Boat Cushion/float. When you kneel, you don't go thru the boat cushion. Also they are layers of foam so they shift enough, that you don't bunch the material, in your Slacks. The extra height, is easier on your toes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by madhat View Post
    If you cook the muscles, tendons, and ligaments around your knees, you'll have big problems. Also I'd be afraid of blood clots, from those while driving. I use a Boat Cushion/float. When you kneel, you don't go thru the boat cushion. Also they are layers of foam so they shift enough, that you don't bunch the material, in your Slacks. The extra height, is easier on your toes.
    The knee pads aren't tight enough to stop blood circulation, like my legs don't go numb, : )

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    Always use them!!

    inexpensive ones, so if you loose it,its no big deal.
    I like the hard cap ones. Black of course. I altered my toolbox so I can sit on
    while working on furnaces. Some use a padded lid on a bucket.
    Save those knee joints!!

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