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    Default Master Gadgets / Tricks Thread

    I was wondering if you all would like a single thread with a detailed description of certain gadgets that work well.

    I ordered a new work truck and would like to make sure I rebuild my equipment box with cubbies for items I maybe haven't thought of yet.

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    When building my equipment box I started with the dimensions needed to quickly access my traffic cones. I tend to grab one and flop it down, multiple times a week.

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    Default Re: Master Gadgets / Tricks Thread

    Space is a premium in the Toyota Highlander I am currently working out of. I can access my paint from the rear and from the side.

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    I put all my most frequently used equipment on the drivers side of my highlander.

    RadioDetection RD8100, TX10
    RadioDetection Cat3
    Paint stick (one on each side)

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    There are certain times where a ground plate is useful. This was a "mud holder" used for taping drywall, removed the handle and installed a bolt.

    It works better in an existing puddle than a man-made puddle. My thought is that an existing puddle has leaked down, and found it's way to a good dirt ground.

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    I have used a valve "extend-a-pole" a few times to direct connect to a valve where a hydrant didn't exist.

    I made this one to direct connect to water house connection valves.

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    The brush end is just a drill accessory that can transfer a signal to any type of valve. The "Birds Beak" end fits perfectly on the - sign style house connection valves we have here in suburban DC.

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    The Cone Cubby shown above is the perfect size for a Trimble S3/S5/S6/S7/VX case if you happen to do your own locates after you designate.

    I don't necessarily recommend transporting the instruments on their side, but that is the only place it would fit.

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    I got sick and tired of carrying, my RD receiver, paint stick, and 4 different colors of paint to each pole drop I had to do.

    This was a 1 gallon ice cream container, inserted 4 Tube Files, cut to the depth of a can's height.

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    I'm 6'1" and I still can't reach some of the pole drops that have conduit up the first 10'.

    I welded a 5/8" bolt to a 1/4" bolt for an adapter from a surveyors level rod to the RD loop clamp.

    I currently have 3 sections, but plan to add a 4th.

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    Default Re: Master Gadgets / Tricks Thread

    Walmart has Wrangler Cargo Pants for ~$20, insulated for ~$30.

    If you remove the upper flap from each cargo pocket, you can draw a can quicker than Clint Eastwood.


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    Ground Rods.

    The manufacturer supplied, tiny bits of metal, tend to work OKAY for a majority of locates.
    When you need to stretch that signal out, I have 3 different GO TOs.

    Top= my main squeeze. 18" of penetration and she'll scream.

    Middle= my gravel Thor. She'll get into packed gravel and broken asphalt. An old bearing puller with a replaceable 9/16 bolt for a point.

    Bottom= simple dent puller, and I had the parts.

    Not Shown, Dog tie out spiral= sandy dry soil, enough surface area to make a difference before your hit bedrock.

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    Gotta have a hitch cover.

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    Default Re: Master Gadgets / Tricks Thread

    Quote Originally Posted by standing on the corner View Post
    I got sick and tired of carrying, my RD receiver, paint stick, and 4 different colors of paint to each pole drop I had to do.

    This was a 1 gallon ice cream container, inserted 4 Tube Files, cut to the depth of a can's height.

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    I just used a 5 gallon plastic bucket with a bucket caddey insert. Held everything including hammer, pliers, screw driver, paint, you name it.

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    Default Re: Master Gadgets / Tricks Thread

    Quote Originally Posted by orangeboots View Post
    Kinda pricey website. I found them at Menards for ten bucks apiece. Major space saver.

    https://www.menards.com/main/commerc...9980684&ipos=2

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