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Old 04-08-2019, 08:45 PM   #1
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Just bought a van the other day after years of working out of a truck.
Had them put some shelving in, but now I'm trying to figure out a good way to carry a few shovels besides laying them on the floor.
Anybody have any good pics?
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Old 04-08-2019, 09:49 PM   #2
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I just lay them on the floor. I have to put them outside on the ground when I have to walk into and out of the van though. I hate stumbling on them when I leave them in there.

My closet auger in in a piece of 6" sewer pipe that hangs from the roof. But when I did that with the shovels, they would slide out and bang the glass window of the back door. I was afraid that they'd break the glass one day, so onto the floor they went.
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Nice van Tommy, how long did that setup take?
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Thanks. I don't remember. I like to build stuff so I made the wooden shelves but the other side of the van has metal shelves that came with the van when I bought it from Stan {89 Plumbum} who's a member here.
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I just don't know how you guys do it. I see a lot of free space. My van is filled top to bottom not an inch to spare. When I finish a job Other than some abs and other fittings I need to get parts every time I finish a job because I don't have room for more than 1 or 2.

Do you guys shop on customer's time?
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I just don't know how you guys do it. I see a lot of free space. My van is filled top to bottom not an inch to spare. When I finish a job Other than some abs and other fittings I need to get parts every time I finish a job because I don't have room for more than 1 or 2.

Do you guys shop on customer's time?
well you state you dont go and look at jobs, or only a few, part of looking at a job is to make a material list so when job is being worked on you have all the material you need in the truck, plus a few extras just incase.. I cant remember the last time I was short on material for a pre planned job...if a customer askes for extra work when their and i dont have parts on the truck I tell the customer that getting parts is in the price, but most of the time unless its a small extra I tell the people we can schedule it another day if I have other work that day or their job is going to take the whole day up..
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well you state you dont go and look at jobs, or only a few, part of looking at a job is to make a material list so when job is being worked on you have all the material you need in the truck, plus a few extras just incase.. I cant remember the last time I was short on material for a pre planned job...if a customer askes for extra work when their and i dont have parts on the truck I tell the customer that getting parts is in the price, but most of the time unless its a small extra I tell the people we can schedule it another day if I have other work that day or their job is going to take the whole day up..
In what 2 years I only went twice on the customer's time to get a special long tub spout and another rarity. Every service job I do I have everything on board. That means my van is full to the brim. It's filled to the brim but I can only hold only a few of those parts.

I don't look at jobs that need a repair or installation, I have everything I need. I'm sure you only go look at big jobs not jobs that take an hour or two. That would be foolish.

What I mean was since I see pictures of vans that don't seem to be loaded to the max for me that means you go to a customer (like you say) make a list and go shop. If I would do that here people would be pissed and never call me back. Just this morning a customer was super angry the last plumber didn't have a drain cable long enough to do the kitchen line and ended up paying him an extra 400$ to go and get one.



True I don't go look at big jobs people think a full bathroom gut is 200$. Just yesterday a guy wanted to replace 2 showers and faucets, 2 sinks and while I was there replace the toilet seat. He was expecting a one hour job.

Then a guy wanted to know if he had a BWV in the basement, he thought the camera inspection was free, my time was also free. I had another guy last week, same thing but he had a dvd. I posted it in the soap thread.

Today a guy wanted a full house copper repipe and thought it wouldn't go over a thousand bucks.

Before christmas my only true reno I had to do 2 contracts so the guy could hide a good portion of the bill to his wife because she wasn't going to pay more than 1200$ for a complete bathroom gut.
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My van used to be a rental and as such has these hard rock maple 1x3's running along the walls. I put my shovel, auger, and hook behind one of them which runs above the passenger side wheel well. I am sure there is tons of dirt down in there which has fallen off my shovel. I make use of pretty much every nook and cranny including the doors. I put 2x4's behind the maple slats to make shelves for my glues, screws, tapes, etc....


Hanging my power tools was probably one of the best choices I made. They can't get covered up and made inaccessible. For the sawzall and small hilti the bits/blades are right there with them. I keep a battery in every tool and I have an inverter and battery charger mounted on the wall behind the big snake.
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