Save Those Shins
Hockey shin guards can protect your knees during tile-setting, baseboard installation, and more low-down work.
I was helping my plumber run vent pipes in an attic. Even when wearing knee pads, crawling across and kneeling on the ceiling joists took a toll on my shins. The plumber didn’t suffer, though. He could kneel comfortably for long periods with his shins lying across the joists. When we climbed out, I asked him about his kneepads. “Hockey shin guards,” he replied.
I dusted the cobwebs off my hockey gear and strapped on my old shin guards the next day. What a difference! The hard shell and thick padding covers from above my knee to the crook of my ankle. Two straps hold them comfortably in place and the articulating knee-to-shin joint doesn’t restrict movement. Now my hockey shin guards live in a gear bag ready for tile-setting, baseboard installation, and crawling around attics.
—Mike Guertin, East Greenwich, R.I.
Edited by Charles Miller
From Fine Homebuilding #291