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I use the universal 5 gallon bucket since the beginning of time and have no intent on changing, it has served me well for holding tools, doubling as an emergency water catcher, step ladder and seat..none of that you can do with those containers.....



....Also with the bag I tended to throw alot of random stuff from the jobs in there and not get it out again .....




I also use buckets with my toolbag. If I am going to unclog a sink I will throw my small bucket, a trap, my drill, my short snake, 4x5 drop cloth, towel, and probably my kneeling pad into a bucket. Grab that and my tool bag. Keeps my weight more even on both sides so it's easier on my back, I have the bucket to throw crap in, and it cuts down on the trips I make to the van. The customer is also impressed that I somehow knew what I would need before even seeing the issue with my own two eye balls.


Then if I make another trip out for say a tailpiece, extension, putty, caulk, it all goes in another bucket. Makes packing out real easy and the customer can help if they want which most do although I try to get them not to. I appreciate the thought but I would really rather do it on my own. At least with the bucket system they aren't carrying things in their arms and coming to my van to put stuff in, they can just set the bucket outside the house door.




As for using a bucket to catch water, my toolbags have plastic bottoms so at times I will use my toolbag to catch water and I get to see this hilarious look on the customers face :vs_shocked: It's really great when they see I will need a small bucket and they offer one but I turn it down, they think I have some special plumber technique. I disconnect a supply line and pour the water in my tool bag. It's like something straight out of abott and costello!!! lolz










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I also use buckets with my toolbag. If I am going to unclog a sink I will throw my small bucket, a trap, my drill, my short snake, 4x5 drop cloth, towel, and probably my kneeling pad into a bucket. Grab that and my tool bag. Keeps my weight more even on both sides so it's easier on my back, I have the bucket to throw crap in, and it cuts down on the trips I make to the van. The customer is also impressed that I somehow knew what I would need before even seeing the issue with my own two eye balls.


Then if I make another trip out for say a tailpiece, extension, putty, caulk, it all goes in another bucket. Makes packing out real easy and the customer can help if they want which most do although I try to get them not to. I appreciate the thought but I would really rather do it on my own. At least with the bucket system they aren't carrying things in their arms and coming to my van to put stuff in, they can just set the bucket outside the house door.




As for using a bucket to catch water, my toolbags have plastic bottoms so at times I will use my toolbag to catch water and I get to see this hilarious look on the customers face :vs_shocked: It's really great when they see I will need a small bucket and they offer one but I turn it down, they think I have some special plumber technique. I disconnect a supply line and pour the water in my tool bag. It's like something straight out of abott and costello!!! lolz










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EH, some of the rancid water I catch from taking a trap apart or some other water holding item is just too stinky to screw up a tool bag, now you have to start cleaning the bag before you can put tools in, I carry 5 gallon and 3 gallon buckets and have cut them to fit where I need then to...I get tons for free from a yogurt making factory, they clean them and put them out back for people to take and use..
 

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sorry Dane, but thats just too anally attentive for me...:vs_laugh:
I use the universal 5 gallon bucket since the beginning of time and have no intent on changing, it has served me well for holding tools, doubling as an emergency water catcher, step ladder and seat..none of that you can do with those containers, it takes a few seconds to dig for what I need and once out of the bucket I dont have to dig for them...
I will say your method you can tell very quick if a tool is missing when you leave a job, but I cant see for ME any more use for the way you have the tool boxes set up, but if it works for you then great and use them to your hearts content...
We all have our personal preferences on tools and how to store them. Anally attentive is about the last thing I am. You should see the back of my van. The only two reasons I went this route was first off the digging but second was that I was tired of losing tools or not being able to find it until I had bought a new one. This way I know for sure if all tools are back in place before packing up and leaving.

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EH, some of the rancid water I catch from taking a trap apart or some other water holding item is just too stinky to screw up a tool bag, now you have to start cleaning the bag before you can put tools in, I carry 5 gallon and 3 gallon buckets and have cut them to fit where I need then to...I get tons for free from a yogurt making factory, they clean them and put them out back for people to take and use..



LOLZ, No way in hell I would put trap water in my bag!!! Gag a maggot!!




We go through tons of 5 gallon antifreeze buckets each fall and some in the spring so I swap mine out for a fresh set at least once a year. I usually have like 7 or 8 empty ones on the van. This local pool service company puts out 7 gallons buckets, I picked up 19 a couple years ago.










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LOLZ, No way in hell I would put trap water in my bag!!! Gag a maggot!!




We go through tons of 5 gallon antifreeze buckets each fall and some in the spring so I swap mine out for a fresh set at least once a year. I usually have like 7 or 8 empty ones on the van. This local pool service company puts out 7 gallons buckets, I picked up 19 a couple years ago.










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in all honesty I probably have close to a thousand or more 5 and 3 gallon buckets, I keep them in my barns upstate, since the yogurt factory is upstate about 30 minutes from my place...hey they are free and when I take the trip to the factory I take all the buckets they have outside, I think they put them out on fridays..
 

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I used to buy those oil change pan that they sale at your local auto part
store just the right size to fit under a sink p-trap, they work to carry my
tools and parts in and out of the house :biggrin:
 

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I also now ditched my toolbag and made this setup so I won't have to dig through the bottom of the bag for a tool. That is just my every day tools that go in on every job. Also easy to see if you forgot a tool on a shelf or something so you won't lose a tool again.


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Dude, I am all for organizing and the shelving and stuff looks great but those two for your daily tools would drive me insane. All of that stuff fits in my hand tool bag and those would take up too much space on the floor of a bathroom.


Do you only do newcon/reno?








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Same here. It looks great, but as a service guy(for the most part) I carry a med sized tool bag that is well organized. And I am super anal about it getting cluttered up with scarp, fittings, tools, bits, etc that shouldn’t be in the bag.
My apprentice makes sure only the reg/standard tools will be kept in the bag.. or it’s his ass.
 

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Most of the heating guys use lennox condensate pans meant for a unit they stopped making like 20 years ago. They are like 9x9x2" high.


I use a small hydraulic cement bucket.








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put a few more leafs in the rear springs.....



Or a fat chick in the front!!! <img src="http://www.plumbingzone.com/images/smilies/vs_laugh.gif" border="0" alt="" title="Vs Laugh" class="inlineimg" />


Or a fat guy if you're into that sort of thing lolz






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I think ill be fine with out the fat people riding shotgun
 

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Never posted and up date after i got it on the road.

I don't see a toilet sucker, drain machine, or a shop vac.


Nice setup, that raised floor idea is tempting.



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Never posted and up date after i got it on the road.

I don't see a toilet sucker, drain machine, or a shop vac.


Nice setup, that raised floor idea is tempting.



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You didnt look hard enough lol.
I got stuff stuffed away.
Siphon is under the floor
Drop sheets are under the floor
My eel is on the elevated platform right infront of the cargo divider down the center.
Auger is under the floor.
Shop vac takes up too much space. Might get a little milwaukee cordless one
 

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Shop vac takes up too much space. .........


:surprise:Heresy!!! The shop vac is one of the most important drain cleaning tools you can have! :smile:




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