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Old 05-06-2020, 09:40 PM   #11
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Unfortunately, at least around here, spray painting stuff, especially hot pink, is pretty common. I guess it's rare enough but I find all sorts of tools at thrift stores or garage sales that have pink paint.



Where I work we have stencils with a company logo for spray painting. It's more just for safe return than as a theft deterrent.







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if you really want to get crazy on semi expensive stuff, they have a thing called" tile" its a supper small gps tile that you put in or connect to whatever you want to track..
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Old 05-06-2020, 10:06 PM   #12
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I always painted mine in Royal Blue,
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I've painted my tools from a mini excavator all the way down to a screwdriver in teal paint for at least 25 years. It has saved me countless tools over the years. I can spot a teal colored ladder a mile away.
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On my own now no tools go missing unless I forget them at a customer's house. When I was an employee my things didn't disappear. No one really stole tools from one another. It did happen once or twice on some job and the word spread around real quick and we always knew who it was.

Some jobs were sketchy so I locked all my tools at break and lunch.
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I've painted my tools from a mini excavator all the way down to a screwdriver in teal paint for at least 25 years. It has saved me countless tools over the years. I can spot a teal colored ladder a mile away.

Yeah, ladders are definitely a hot one and they ain't cheap.


My boss gets so pissed as he should, our guys are so averse to having to getting stuck with things like threaders or ladders on their vans it can cause issues.


Such as one guy shows up at commercial site with ladder. Second guy shows up to help. First guy leaves on service call. Second guy finishes job and leaves ladder "assuming" it's the facility's ladder and not wanting to ask because who cares! The parts guy can grab it later if he's wrong!






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Yeah, ladders are definitely a hot one and they ain't cheap.


My boss gets so pissed as he should, our guys are so averse to having to getting stuck with things like threaders or ladders on their vans it can cause issues.


Such as one guy shows up at commercial site with ladder. Second guy shows up to help. First guy leaves on service call. Second guy finishes job and leaves ladder "assuming" it's the facility's ladder and not wanting to ask because who cares! The parts guy can grab it later if he's wrong!



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A lot easier to keep after it's been blasted with teal paint.
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Old 05-07-2020, 06:09 PM   #17
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A lot easier to keep after it's been blasted with teal paint.



Yeah, my boss gets pissed if there's a ladder without like 4 logos painted and a couple stickers.






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Harbor Freight has a cheap ENGRAVER tool I use on lots of things...........

I have done the grinding on the wrenches , but on the sawzalls and other tools the engraver works real well..... it really digs into the metal more than you realize and you can see the name still there years later..... I put it on there with my cell phone number ......

my staircat climber has got the engraving done to it too and my plumbing stickers plasterd all over it and the engraeging too...

The stickers are a ***** to remove and those lazy bastar/s dont like to clean them off before trying to hock them....


the only thing in my truck that isnot marked that they can steal is the extension cords.... and they are rough......


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Just finished grinding my name all my tools in my third bag, very time consuming. Every single thing down too my small round files and allen keys lol.
I also printed labels with label maker an wraped with industrial tape.
I got some tools still that i purchased when i was day 1 apprentice...has some sedimental value to me even if its $8 id still be bummed out if it went missing.
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Just finished grinding my name all my tools in my third bag, very time consuming. Every single thing down too my small round files and allen keys lol.
I also printed labels with label maker an wraped with industrial tape.
I got some tools still that i purchased when i was day 1 apprentice...has some sedimental value to me even if its $8 id still be bummed out if it went missing.



I have some gritty stones an old friend gave to me, they too have sedimental value.






Print a long label with your name a ton of times and then spiral wrap it on your extension cord and then use clear heat shrink on it.






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