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May 1, 2014 at 3:42 pm


What is the one thing you use in your job that you can't live with out?

Tool or Equipment (for installation) or Gadget (for business).

May 1, 2014 at 4:43 pm

Mike H

... ladder...

Litterally. I'm certain that without it, I'd be dead by now.

May 1, 2014 at 5:13 pm


Pen,paper,and reading glasses. The reading glasses I can do without if it is a bright sunny day. Pen and notebook and glasses are always with me.

May 1, 2014 at 6:11 pm

Old School

Tape measure and cell phone...Though at times I would love to heave the phone against the wall.

May 2, 2014 at 5:15 am


cell phone, that's my office. as for out in the field, caulk gun, I can improvise for just about any other tool, except my caulk gun.

May 2, 2014 at 3:05 pm


I would have to say my computor at this point. It makes my life a lot easierby being able to keep track of calls and employees. Spreadsheets, writing up proposals, Quickbooks to do my own accounting, being able to print anything I need. I would hate to have to go back to the old days. The only drawback is that if the power goes out I am dead in the water.

May 3, 2014 at 4:31 am


My common sense. Having the ability to think through a problem and come up with a solution.

May 3, 2014 at 6:07 am


My planner.....I'm old-school.....gotta have my planner w/me at all times.

May 4, 2014 at 10:51 am


Truck and ladder are the obvious answers. Beyond that, sure grip cushion, nail bar, tool belt, roofing hammer, utility knife, safety boards, rope for tying the ladder off and caulking gun.

I would add metal brake and grinder but I've bent enough metal over deck rails by hand and chopped out enough brick mortar over the years with a roofing hammer that I guess it proves those things are nice but optional.

May 4, 2014 at 8:30 pm


and without my computor I never would have found this coffee shop!

May 5, 2014 at 6:13 am


copperman Said: My common sense. Having the ability to think through a problem and come up with a solution.

Yep! :)

May 5, 2014 at 8:33 pm

cts racing

My battery powered Dewalt kit: Hammer drill, Sawzall, Grinder, light, Circular saw. Plus I have a drill accessary kit with square, hex, star, flat & Phillips drivers, nut drivers, paddle bits, extensions, etc. Plus diamond blades & cut-off wheels for the grinder. Metal, wood, diamond sawzall blades. I specifically have the diamond blade for cast iron sewer pipes to cut the 'bell' (female end) off so a new pipe flashing can be installed. Lots of ammunition to tackle any job in any situation.

I have 5 batteries that keep me in operation and have them numbered so I can keep track of charged & need charged.

May 7, 2014 at 10:48 am


My sense of humor. Without it the intense sobriety demanded by this occupation will just relentlessly grind you into powder. When your sense of humor goes on the blink it's like having a clogged fuel filter in your truck, and yes, I have to say my truck. Everything I need is in that thing. Computer close to that. Cellphone right behind that. Firepot right behind that. Estwing flat bar right behind that. And lunchbox. Got the estimate book, camera, and lunch in there. And my greenstone on my keyring. Glasses, of course. Thermos of tea. Quite a few things I can't live without, or think I can't. One of these days I'm going to really enjoy trying to do without all of them. Well, excepting a dictionary. Always have to have a dictionary. And pipe and Borkum Riff. Talk about a thoughtless, thankless addict. Wouldn't go anywhere without the pipe.

May 9, 2014 at 6:22 am


My Answer has to be truck, phone and computer. Why? They all need fixed and I can't bring my self to part with them long enough to get them fixed.......maybe next week :laugh:

May 10, 2014 at 4:23 pm


1. My air tools- Senco stapler and framepro, and a coil nailer (I am still trying to find one I like). I never would have gotten into roofing if I had to hand bang every nail. 2. My laddervatter- this is the key to my longevity. 3. My chevy 1 ton dually dump truck. Perfect tear off tool for residential roofing. Bought it new in '82 and kept me going to '05. Now, I just work out of my pickup and order a 10 yard dumpster for certain whole roof tear offs.

May 19, 2014 at 1:45 pm


Hands down: EXPERIENCE!

Experience helps me market for leads, it helps me bid jobs, it helps me sell jobs, and helps me know the best way to do them once I get them. Experience tells me how to deal with my competitors, which more often than not, is to point to their lack of experience.


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