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Stage hands, Production gurus, theatre guys. What do you carry?

Discussion in 'General EDC Discussion' started by RLCoburn, Feb 6, 2015.

  1. RLCoburn

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    If there are any production techs out there, what do you carry on the job/gig/show?
     
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  2. bfitz

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    I'm not a theatre guy, but I did spend a great year off my life with one of my dream jobs as a recording engineer and sound man for a local college's music halls.

    I always had my Leatherman Wingman on me and some sort of light. I would alternate a dedicated folding knife, normally a Kershaw or a Spyderco, but due to being on a college campus I would normally use the Leatherman's knife since it wasn't seen as any kind of weapon.

    Some of the odd edc stuff I would carry that was more job related was gaffer's tape and adaptors for various computers and their outputs. I don't know how many thunderbolt to VGA adaptors I lost to students to cheap to buy one for their macs, it drove me crazy.
     
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  3. RLCoburn

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    I really hear you about the lost/stolen adaptors. I've had plenty borrowed and never returned.

    In the shop I always carry-

    Leatherman Wave
    Benchmade griptillian
    Surefire backup
    Wallet
    Plenty of sharpies
    Phone


    On shows I have two pelican 1510 cases full of gear, and a backpack full of equipment.
     
  4. Tallboyjim

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    More events than theatre (some overlap) but mostly a skeletool and an S10 - anything like a wave is too heavy for my pockets. Always have a standard minichamp though - mainly for the tweezers!

    In the warehouse it's mainly the minichamp/i3s combo, fisher wedge and a wingman. Phone is always clamped to ear!
     
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    This thread could use some input from Gnarly and KAMM (if she ever returns).
     
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    Thanx, batteur.
    Will try to drop in on this thread.

    Daym time constraints.
     
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  7. Alistair Hammond

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    I've done a fair bit of amateur theatre and some events stuff, back before I started university. Now I work for union as crew, generally doing club nights and various other odd things that come up.

    EDC is usually on the lines of:
    Fenix UC35
    Leatherman Wave
    Earplugs
    HTC One Android phone in an Otterbox Defender case.

    That's pretty much all I need on me. We've got a decent set of tools on hand whenever we need it. I just stock up on snacks and a few energy drinks before a long night.
     
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  8. KeyGrip

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    I'll try to put up some pictures of a work-bag dump if I have the time and daylight. In general my work-carry is a Spyderco of some kind, a Leatherman Charge AL, and usually a Surefire U2. Everything else rides in the bag until I get on site and decide what I'll need to carry around for the day.
     
  9. IThinkTooMuch

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    It's been a couple of years (or more) since I rodied for various community groups and theaters. At the time I carried a red keyring light, notepad, pencil, and digital watch with backlighting. Depending on the venue, I also carried gloves, ear plugs, and a paperback novel.
     
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    When I'm working backstage (pre-live or live), I keep on me:

    Gerber - Multiplier 600 (Belt carry) - Fast, 1 hand access to a pair of pliers plus bit driver
    Knife of the day
    Stainless steel sharpie - I've had the plastic ones break in my pocket from being crushed carrying heavy stuff
    Red keychain light
    Fenix PD22
    Mechanix Gloves
    Headphones (Etymotic HF5) in case I need to run sound board)

    In my bag (5.11 Bail Out Bag I got for free somewhere):
    Full size Phillips and Flathead screwdrivers
    Needle-nose Vise Grips
    Hemostats - Work better than needle nose pliers
    10" Adjustable Wrench - Expedient socket wrench
    Masking Tape - For labeling
    Duct Tape - Keep stuff from moving
    WD-40 Pen - Make stuff move
    Backup Knife
    Backup FlashLight
    Nalgene Bottle with water
    Cliff Bar, Gum, and Starlight mints
    3.5mm-1/2" stereo adapter (See headphones above)
     
  11. Zargon

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    My EDC for tech week carry involves laptop, ipad, tool box filled with gear (electrical tape, gaff tape, C-wrenches, multi meter, clamp meter, plenty of different pens, 50 feet of para cord, mini FAK, gloves, zip ties, screwdrivers, etc.), a Letterman rebar on my or in the toolbox, Victorinox electrician in my watch pocket, Peak Eiger with Nicha 219, custom Solarforce (Thanks KAMM), phone, wallet, some more pens and ultimate flat focus tool, there are some more little random things, but those are the major ones. During a show I have my blacks, Peak Eiger, Phone, Pen, wallet, handkerchief, everything else is sitting up in the booth should I need it.
    (edit for forgotten tools)
     
  12. nyckmc

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    been in the business for close to 20 years
    and my carry has varied...
    Mostly I work as a Gaffer or Lighting Director and carry less.

    Typically I carry
    leatherman OHT
    small AAA Led Pen light
    6" big jaw adjustable wrench
    very small screwdriver/tweaker
    sharpie

    In my bag I carry pretty much everyday
    laptop/tablet
    Fluke 377 amp probe/multi meter
    Sekonic 558 light meter
    Sekonic c-c00 color meter
    DMX-ter
    a few other pens etc.
    folding razor knife.

    A hard hat when needed.

    In the past Ive have had to bring much more-
    screw drivers, mini screw gun/impact wrench
    box wrenches, ( flat sockets)
    metric and conventional allen wrenches,
    cutters, scissors, Rope, Harness, and all that.

    I have a pelican 1510- I lug around when needed.

    Ive cut back on big spending on smaller personal items
    particularly knives and flashlights- too easy to loose

    Gloves- I went back to using cheaper ones
    have used set wear Hot hands etc in the past.
    I use a basic rubberized work glove that are like 3 pairs for 10$
     
  13. EZDog

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    In a former life I carried the usual stuff and of course one of these

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    Anyone else?
     
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    Okay, so it really depends on the individual gig, but this is pretty much everything I pack on a regular basis. Well, I don't bring all of the knives, I usually limit it to one or two. :rolleyes:

    My backpack used to be a massive jumble of loose tools until I got some of these great little pouches from a local tent repair store. So far they've been working out well.

    All packed up:

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    And the contents:

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