Tool belts are an essential part of being a handyman. Whether you’re a professional handyman or if you’re renovating a home, a tool belt is designed to provide you with all the necessary tools with complete convenience.
Need a wrench or paintbrush? It’s located in the belt!
Everyone knows you just need to wrap the tool belt around your torso like a regular belt. However, wearing a tool belt properly is a little more complicated than that.
Of course, it’s not rocket science, but knowing the correct way to wear a tool belt will make your experience far more convenient.
Here is our guide on how to wear a tool belt properly!
How To Wear A Tool Belt: A Step-By-Step Guide
Step 1: Examine The Belt
Before you put the belt on, make sure to spend a moment examining the belt. Whether the belt is brand-new, borrowed from a friend, or well-loved after years of use, it’s important to make sure the belt isn’t falling apart.
After all, the weight of the tools and the notion of fixing stuff around a home will contribute to the weakening of the belt over time. So, make sure to check for tears in the leather, or even signs of rust and damage.
Rust can occur on the buckles and hooks if there is too much exposure to water, which will ultimately lessen the quality of the belt.
Step 2: Organize The Tools
It’s far easier to organize the tools in a tool belt before you actually put the belt on.
So, spend a minute or two organizing the tools in order of importance and ease of use.
Most handymen will place their most-used tools on the right or left-hand side of the belt according to their dominant hand, for example.
It makes sense to place the most important tools in the most accessible part of the belt.
This is to provide absolute convenience for when the tools are needed, because you don’t want to be in an awkward position searching for a particular screwdriver.
Each tool belt will also feature pockets that are designed to keep the belt organized.
Try to keep each pocket for a single use, such as one pocket for screws, and another for chalk and pencils.
This step depends entirely on your individual style of work, how many tools you actually need, and the weight of the belt with the additional tools.
Step 3: Balance The Belt
You’ve also got to consider the weight of the belt. While it might seem more organized to have the pockets on one side of the belt rather than all over, this can cause an uncomfortable imbalance that could be an issue when working.
Instead, make sure to evenly distribute the pockets and tools around the belt (as much as the convenience allows you to) to ensure an even balance.
Without doing this, you risk affecting the quality of your work due to the discomfort of the belt.
Step 4: Wear The Belt
Now’s the time you’ve all been waiting for – time to put on the belt! Tool belts are as easy to wear as regular belts, so simply wrap the belt around your waist and tighten accordingly.
While you want the belt to be tight enough to not fall down (especially with the added weight of the tools), you don’t want it to be so tight that it becomes suffocating, as this can restrict your movements.
Fortunately, it’s really easy to adjust the tightness of these belts even when you are working.
Then, have a move around to make sure the belt feels okay. Make sure that the pockets and handles are located on the outside of the belt, and if the belt feels too heavy, then reconsider what tools you need.
If you need every tool, then you might want to use suspenders to distribute the weight.
You can clip regular suspenders to the tool belt to provide some relief from your waist, as this will distribute the weight of the belt across your torso instead of one particular area.
How To Wear A Tool Belt With Suspenders
While it might not be the most fashionable way to wear a tool belt (are tool belts fashionable anyway? Absolutely not), if you’re struggling with the weight of the tool belt, you can always wear it with suspenders.
If anything, it’s actually encouraged to wear your tool belt with suspenders if you’re intending on wearing one for a long time.
Wearing a tool belt for several hours at a time can contribute to back pain, all because the weight hasn’t been evenly distributed.
Wearing a tool belt with suspenders is easy – simply wear the tool belt (following the steps previously mentioned), and then attach a pair of suspenders to the belt.
While you can buy suspenders designed specifically for tool belts, you can also get away with a regular pair of suspenders.
Make sure that the suspenders are evenly placed on the belt, otherwise you might find that one side is heavier than the other, causing strain on your shoulder and neck.
You should also adjust the suspenders to your comfort.
So, there you have it! Hopefully, this guide has helped you to wear your tool belt properly without causing discomfort.
The key is to make sure the weight of the belt is evenly distributed to prevent aches and pains.
Frequently Asked Questions
Do Tool Belts Hurt Your Back?
Unfortunately, if you don’t wear a tool belt properly, it can contribute to back pain. This is usually caused by an uneven distribution of weight.
You can control the distribution of weight by organizing the tools to suit your convenience and balance the overall weight of the belt.
If you find that the tool belt is making your back ache, you can wear the belt with suspenders to alleviate some weight from your waist and lower back.
This will also help to prevent back pain and injuries in the future from wearing the belt for hours at a time.