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Theres a Better Way

Keep Nails and Screws Off of the Floor with a Tool-belt Caddy

comments (5) June 11th, 2014 in Blogs
Kevini Kevin Ireton, editor-at-large

Video Length: 1:07
Produced by: John Ross and Kevin Ireton

If you need all of the tools and fasteners you've got in your nail bags, but you don't want to put on your belt because you're afraid you will scratch those brand new kitchen cabinets, you could drag the bags around by hand and hope that the nails don't spill all over the place when you set them down, but there's a better way.

This is a tip that I came up with and submitted to my pal Chuck. When I finally got tired of dragging my tool belt around, I built this simple plywood box. I've got 1/4-in. sides, I've got a 1/2-in. divider in the middle, and what it does is turn my nail apron into a toolbox. The bags and belt wrap around the center divider, the hammer slips into the middle of the box behind the bags, and now I'm good to go. Tools won't spill on the floor in the kitchen I'm working on or in the back of my truck.

Pretty clever, huh? Chuck thanks me for sending this one in.


Kevin Ireton is editor-at-large and a good friend and former colleague of Chuck Miller's. Keep your eye out for more of his Better Way videos in the near future.


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Comments (5)

Jencar Jencar writes: Love it! so simple, yet so effective. A company I installed doors for had a "no tool belts in the house" rule just to prevent tools and nails from spilling out onto expensive floors. Thank you!
Posted: 11:39 pm on June 16th

Brian_Pontolilo Brian_Pontolilo writes: Hey Guys,

Chuck did retire to California, but he is still working with us on tips and other things. For a number of reasons, we asked Kevin to start hosting some of our videos, too. Kevin agreed and jumped right in with a round of "There's a Better Way." This is the first, and he'll be the host of the next few.

Please welcome Kevin to the Family.

Brian P
Posted: 3:31 pm on June 16th

drewbono drewbono writes: Ditto on @gbguy71's comment.
Posted: 11:50 am on June 16th

gbguy71 gbguy71 writes: What happened to Chuck? I knew that he retired to California, but I thought he was still doing these tips. Through these videos he became like a family member. Couldn't find any announcement of the change.
Posted: 11:23 am on June 16th

hughjasse hughjasse writes:
Posted: 6:41 am on June 16th

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