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Weight Loss Secrets for Your Tool Belt
You can lighten your load by carrying smaller, multipurpose tools. That’s helpful anytime, but especially if you’ll be working from a ladder.
Mini Cat’s Paw
Aside from being small and lightweight, this cat’s paw has other advantages. The narrow, sharp claws dig out nails better than a standard cat’s paw. The nail set is a little too wide for tiny trim nails, but I use it often as a punch or a general-purpose poker.
See how to use a cat’s paw and other nail-pulling tricks.
Smaller Chalk Reel
This Stanley chalk reel is not just smaller than standard chalk reels; it’s also made from plastic rather than metal, so it’s lightweight. It only holds 30 ft. of line (most chalk reels hold 100), but I rarely need more than 20 ft. anyway. Snap chalk lines like a pro; we’ll show you how.
My good chisels stay in the shop, but a cheapie goes with me on every job. It takes the place of several tools: putty knife, scraper, pry bar… Sometimes I even use my chisel as a chisel. For the lowest cost per chisel, buy a set of three.
Lineman’s pliers function like regular pliers but also include wire cutters, so I don’t have to carry two tools around. The tradeoff is that lineman’s pliers don’t open as wide as standard pliers. Next, check out our top 10 tools for DIY electrical work.
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