Find the Best Tool Belt for the Work You Do
Home centers and better hardware stores carry such an assortment of tool belts and accessories that it's easy to start imagining yourself as the lead carpenter on a TV home improvement show. Before you get carried away, determine which skill level you fall into:
- For the pro, the belt is a tool in itself. A good choice is one with two independent pouches (Photo 6) that ride on each hip so you aren't pinched in the waist when you bend over. Outfitted with drill carriers, hammer loops and lots of compartments to customize, this higher priced rig makes sense for a pro, but not the occasional handyperson.
- The serious do-it-yourselfer would find a leather tool belt with double front-facing pouches (Photo 1) an affordable, logical choice. It's durable and has plenty of pockets to arrange often-used tools.
- For occasional do-it-yourselfers, a sturdy, inexpensive cloth nail apron is just the ticket. Made with a web hammer loop attached to each side and an assortment of large and small pockets, it's quite sufficient to carry the key hand tools and fasteners to tackle their projects.
Whichever rig you choose, decrease your “go-fer” time during the workday by visualizing your tasks in advance so you can properly load up your tool belt or nail apron. Working effectively is not a privilege reserved only for professionals.