Whether you’re a professional tradesman or a home handyman, a well-equipped tool belt can be invaluable. A well-organized tool belt allows you to carry your tools easily, climb ladders safely, and work more efficiently and quickly. A tool belt that is arranged properly allows an experienced handyman (or woman) or professional tradesman to intuitively reach for the right tool without taking their eyes off the task at hand. It saves time and effort.

A good tool belt has two side pockets, each containing smaller pockets. It can carry tools of various sizes and shapes as well as fasteners. The tools favored by the dominant hand (e.g. hammer, pencil) should be stowed in the corresponding side of the tool belt.

Primary tools for the dominant hand include:

  • Claw hammer
  • Chalk line
  • Carpenter’s pencil and pen or Sharpie
  • Putty Knife
  • Lineman pliers
  • Utility knife

Secondary tools should be kept in the opposite side of the tool belt. These include:

  • Nail sets
  • Screws
  • Cold chisel
  • 4-in-1 Screwdriver
  • Speed square
  • Torpedo level
  • Electrical tape

The tape measure pouch sits between the larger pockets.

Tool belts can be worn with pockets to the front or the rear; wearing it to the rear allows for easier bending while working. You can also add accessories such as drill carriers and belt waistbands to maximize the number of tools you can safely and comfortably carry on your body. Heavy tool belts can be more comfortable and better for your back long term if worn with wide band suspenders to mitigate some of the load.

Don’t forget to include safety glasses/goggles, gloves, and ear protection! If you work in a dusty environment, especially with asbestos, dust masks are essential as well.

When equipping your tool belt, not only should you choose a high quality belt; you also need to invest in high quality tools.

Vampire Tools is very proud to offer a premium range of lineman pliers, electrical shears and cable knives available online. Choose these to add to your tool belt and know you are working with the very best.