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Anyone have a Comprehensive List of Tools?
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Paul_S
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09/09/2008 10:38 AM

    I'd love to see an essential inventory list before I leave.

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    Medulus
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    09/09/2008 1:41 PM
    I won't guarantee that this list is complete, but from memory this is what we usually packed in the van when we left for an assignment.

    laptop
    printer
    extra ink cartridges
    12' ladder
    22' ladder
    at least two tape measures
    100' tape measure
    Laser measuring device
    winter clothes and summer clothes (might be there more than 6 months)
    at least two reams of paper to get started
    legal pads
    writing instruments
    Big bucket of sidewalk chalk
    Digital Camera
    Backup digital camera for when I drop the first one off the roof
    pocket electrical tester
    shingle guage
    National Construction Estimator (fairly recent edition)
    Bag O' Software (for when the computer crashes and you have to reload everything)
    Surge Protectors (At least two)
    Spouse
    GPS
    Handy State Farm Contents Depreciation Guide
    Road Atlas
    Roof Climbing Shoes (Cougar Paws if you got em or felt bottom wading shoes from the sporting goods dept at Walmart if ya don't)
    Bungee cords for strapping the ladder to the gutter to keep it from falling
    ping pong balls for sliding the tape measure up a roof that's too steep to climb

    I'm sure I'm forgetting lots. I kept a lot of this stuff in stackable plastic filing drawers and never unpacked them at home so they were ready to go at all times.

    Steve Ebner CPCU AIC AMIM

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    09/09/2008 1:58 PM

     

      Maybe a few other office materials such as. Stapler/staples, Hanging files, manilla folders, labels, paperclips, post it notes. i take a dry erase board for easy jotting down of something I really want to remember.

    A small 1st aid kit, at the least a dust mask. antieptic and bandaids. Any meds you may be on think about a couple month supply.

    Cooler with water. and maybe your lunch. you may get hungry.

    A good attitude and possitive thinking

     

     

     

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    moco
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    09/09/2008 6:22 PM

    Only one thing missing from the list, which is essential to me for the questionable areas. GLOCK .45

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    Davidad1
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    09/09/2008 9:16 PM
    Spare batteries-
    Good quailty flashlight Mag Light
    Streamlight Vulcan or light box flashlights
    Mini Mag light-- Never can have too much light in a dark house
    Inverter and 100 'extention cord for lap top
    Lap top stand
    hammer and screw gun in case you need to re board up a house
    Handi wipes and a towel
    Small rake and or shovel with collasping handle to dig though debris if needed
    Hard hat
    Coveralls
    Letterman Multi purpose tool
    Estimating is living on the edge between greed and fear
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    09/10/2008 12:00 AM

    Bail bond money for when you've been charged with B&E after taking down the plywood over the door/window to gain access. 

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    09/10/2008 3:23 PM

    I prefer a wind up flashlight and a wind up radio to eliminate the need for all the batteries. 

    Also, a battery charger which recharges both AA and AAA batteries to keep the camera functioning.

    A vehicle electrical adapter to run some of the equipment off the car battery, recharge the laptop, etc., in case the electricity is out.

    And...of course, a Roy Cupps CADO truckers style hat and extra CADO polo shirts.

    Steve Ebner CPCU AIC AMIM

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    09/10/2008 3:42 PM
    I had a home office manager mention to me one requirement that I should take on storm duty back when I was single was a box of raincoats (as in Trojan brand). That advice paid off well....
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    09/10/2008 6:41 PM
    And the obvious, a Uhaul to carry every thing mention, and yet to be mentioned before this thread dies.

    JWG
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    09/10/2008 6:52 PM
    Steve,

    What did you do with all those raincoats? Pass them out to the vendors and carriers before you bent over and grabbed your ankles?
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    09/10/2008 9:00 PM

    Here's a list of things I ran across some time back, I'm sure there are some duplicate things here that others have mentioned

     

     Ladder

      Laptop

      Wireless connection 

      Printer, copier, scanner, fax

      Digital Camera w/memory card

      Is it time for a new cell phone?

      Hands free earpiece to go with the phone

      GPS

      Power adapters for laptop and cell phones

      Tool Belt

      Pitch Gauge

      Pens

      Clip board

      Legal Pads

      Swiss Army knife

      35' tape measure

      100' tape measure

      Measuring wheel

      Flash Light

      Rubber Gloves

      Magnet

      Pepper spray or mace

      Kneeling board or pad

      Sunscreen

      Burts Bees Lip Balm

      Paper Towels

      Hand Sanitizer

      Plastic Bags

      Really good shingle surfing shoes/boots

      First aid kit

      Lots of bottled water

      Great pair of sunglasses 

      Calculator

      Portable, flexible file holder

      File folders

      Stapler

      Highlighter Pens

      Rubber Bands

      Paper Clips

      Ibuprofen 

      Aspirin

      Self heating stick on pads (great for cramps or after lugging around a ladder)

      Rubber Boots

      Safety Glasses (Clear)

      Filtered face masks to cover nose and mouth 

      Wet Wipes

      Cleaning wipes for your laptop screen 

      Dash mount for your laptop

      Umbrella

      Rain coat. The cheapy cape ones with hoods are great.

      Cooler packed with healthy snacks. (DO NOT FORGET TO EAT!!)

      Pictures of family and friends attached to your sun visor. (In case you forget what's REALLY

      important while you're out there).

      Really good coffee mug.

      Lot's of spare change

      Any and all music that gets you moving or calms you down

      Books on CD or tape

      Sense of humor, sense of timing, and your wits always about you at all times.

      

    Do the right thing, ALWAYS
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    09/10/2008 9:50 PM
    A few other things;

    1) A couple of small TV’s
    2) Portable dish and receiver
    3) Printer, scanner, copier, fax
    4) Internet air card
    5) $100 worth of postage stamps
    6) Iron and ironing board
    7) The dog
    8) Calculator
    9) 2 – 10 pairs of reading glasses
    10) Coffee and coffee maker
    11) Your own pillows and sheets
    12) Health insurance cards
    13) A bigger U-Haul
    14) Glock 45
    15) S&W 9 mm
    16) Digital recorder
    17) 5 or 6 rods and reels and all the tackle boxes
    (It’s going to be over at some point and I am going fishing)
    18) As much cash or Traveler’s checks you can afford
    19) Several cans of Deep Woods Off
    20) Small hydraulic jack and a 4 way (lots of flat tires in debris fields)
    21) A pretty comprehensive tool box
    (You are going to end up working on something)
    22) Steel soled boots
    23) All of your canned goods and dry goods
    (might as well, you have a bigger U-Haul)
    24) Several ball caps (for this storm UT hats recommended)
    25) All of your licenses and any other important papers
    Tim Johnson
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    09/11/2008 4:02 PM

    Steve, thanks for that information. I did not realize that Trojan made a rain coat. We never learn enough, do we!

    Well, all you folks wanted a big one and right now it looks like you are going to get one. If it were to hit the Houston/Galveston area, there will be work there for over a year. I worked hurricane Alecia for 21 months. Many, many claims from Galveston, through Houston. Get ready now!

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    09/11/2008 10:51 PM

    I can't believe that y'all forgot them big ol' black galoshes, with the metal buckles.

    I've been wearing them to the call center this past week and the supervisors give me funny looks but leave me alone. 

    Whatever works, right?

    Larry D Hardin
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    09/11/2008 11:18 PM

    The 5-buckles are wonderful for good tight comfort & treading thru that "sucking" type of terrain so you don't step out of them.  But looks like something a little higher up the leg might be needed...like hip waders.  Check out Cabela's, Bass Pro, or your duck hunting brother-in-law if you're in a hurry.  You can send him a few bucks later to buy himself an even better pair.   

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    09/12/2008 3:07 PM

    I tried to compile the list from the previous posts:

    Computer

    Item

     

    laptop

     

    Printer, copier, scanner, fax

     

    extra ink cartridges

     

    Surge Protectors (At least two)

     

    Wireless connection  Internet air card

     

    Bag O' Software (for when the computer crashes and you have to reload everything)

     

    Backup drive

     

    CDs

     

    GPS software

     

    Inverter and for lap top

     

    100 'extension cord

     

    Lap top stand

     

     

    Camera

    Printer, copier, scanner, fax

     

    Digital Camera with memory card

     

    Backup camera with memory card

     

    Camera Battery charger(s)

     

     

    Office

     

     

    Legal pads

     

    Graph paper

     

    Pens/pencils

     

    Highlighters

     

    2 reams of paper

     

    Road Atlas

     

    Stapler/staples

     

    Hanging files

     

    Manila folders

     

    Labels

     

    Paperclips

     

    Post it notes

     

    Dry erase board for easy jotting down of something I really want to remember

     

    Cell phone - Hands free earpiece to go with the phone

     

    Power adapters for laptop and cell phones

     

    Magnet

     

    Rubber Bands

     

    Calculator

     

    Portable, flexible file holder

     

     

    Clothes

     

     

    Shoes

     

    Rain coats with hood

     

    Handkerchiefs

     

    Boots

     

    Roof Climbing Shoes (Cougar Paws or felt bottom wading shoes - sporting goods- Walmart)

     

    Winter clothes

     

    Summer clothes

     

    Rubber Gloves

     

    Great pair of sunglasses 

     

    Umbrella

     

     

    Tools

     

     

    12' ladder

     

    22' ladder

     

    at least two tape measures

     

    100’ tape measure

     

    35’ tape measure (fat boy)

     

    Laser measuring device

     

    Big bucket of sidewalk chalk

     

    Pocket electrical tester

     

    Shingle gauge

     

    Bungee cords for strapping the ladder to the gutter to keep it from falling

     

    Ping pong balls for sliding the tape measure up a roof that's too steep to climb

     

    Dust mask - Filtered face masks to cover nose and mouth 

     

    Cooler with water

     

    Spare batteries-
    Streamlight Vulcan or light box flashlights

     

    Good quality flashlight Mag Light - Wind up flashlight

     

    Matches or lighter

     

    hammer and screw gun in case you need to re board up a house

     

    Handy wipes and a towel

     

    Small rake and or shovel with collapsing handle to dig though debris if needed

     

    Hard hat

     

    Letterman Multi purpose tool

     

    Coveralls

     

    Battery charger which recharges both AA and AAA batteries to keep the camera functioning

     

    Tool Belt

     

    Pitch Gauge

     

    Swiss Army knife – Leatherman

     

    Measuring wheel

     

    Kneeling board or pad

     

    Safety Glasses (Clear)

     

    Wet Wipes

     

    Digital recorder

     

     

    References

     

     

    National Construction Estimator (fairly recent edition)

     

    Handy State Farm Contents Depreciation Guide

     

     

    Misc

     

     

    1st aid Kit

     

    Antiseptics

     

    Band-Aids

     

    Medicines

     

    Sunscreen

     

    Pepper spray or mace

     

    Burts Bees Lip Balm

     

    Hand Sanitizer

     

    Plastic Bags

     

    Lots of bottled water

     

    Ibuprofen, Aspirin

     

    Pictures of family and friends attached to your sun viso

     

    Really good coffee mug

     

    Any and all music that gets you moving or calms you down  - Books on CD or tape

     

    A couple of small TV’s

     

    $100 worth of postage stamps

     

    Iron and ironing board

     

    Coffee and coffee maker

     

    Your own pillows and sheets

     

    S&W 9 mm

     

    As much cash or Traveler’s checks you can afford

     

    5 or 6 rods and reels and all the tackle boxes

     

    Several cans of Deep Woods Off

     

    Small hydraulic jack and a 4 way (lots of flat tires in debris fields)

     

    A pretty comprehensive tool box

     

    Boxes

     

    Steel soled boots

     

    All of your licenses and any other important papers

     

    • Spouse

    And...of course, a Roy Cupps CADO truckers style hat and extra CADO polo shirts.

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    09/26/2008 2:32 AM

    hi, new to the adjusting field..could you explain how exactly you use the ping pong balls, or were you joking? lol  Glad you remembered the spouse-I'm one too! ;-)

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    09/26/2008 10:07 AM

    David,  There may be roofs too steep to get on, but you can verify the severity of the damages from the top of your ladder at the edge of the roof.  Still need to accurately measure the roof.  Take a ping pong ball, cut a slit in it the width of the measuring tape blade and big enough to work the end of the measuring tape blade into it where it won't come out too easy.  Then you can run the tape blade up to the ridge board easily from the roof edge without it getting caught on the shingle sdges going up.  Works like a charm.

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    09/27/2008 9:17 PM
    Us High-Rollers have a tape dolly that does the same thing and costs a whole lot more. But it's got tires and wing-nuts and bent aluminum parts and all the stuff.
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    09/28/2008 9:07 AM

    But Larry, do you always carry a spare tire for that tape dolly in case you get a flat in one?

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