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#154865 - 11/22/04 09:18 AM material stock
slumlordworker Offline

Registered: 12/20/03
Posts: 88
Loc: south bend indiana
what do you guys keep on hand for material and how much

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#154866 - 11/22/04 09:52 AM Re: material stock
Steve McKinney Offline

Registered: 04/30/04
Posts: 80
Loc: Marion, Illinois
slum, are you talking about on da truk?


#154867 - 11/22/04 12:52 PM Re: material stock
slumlordworker Offline

Registered: 12/20/03
Posts: 88
Loc: south bend indiana
sorry on the truck or in the van or even in the trunk if you are hack like around my parts you see elects in cars

#154868 - 11/22/04 03:59 PM Re: material stock
DougW Offline

Registered: 06/08/03
Posts: 1083
Loc: North Chicago, IL
Saw a variant on this question a few months ago... It really depends on what type of work you do.

A lot of conduit? Well, then, a few boxes of 1/2 & 3/4" connectors, straps and couplings.

If you're in a NM area, the EMT stuff would sit in the back and take up weight, but I bet you'd have a box of "Hit-Locks", where I wouldn't...

Service calls? Drywall compound/spackle and "cut-in" boxes, as well as FMC/"Greenfield" (or NM), as well as a small assortment of bath fan/lights, basic lighting fixtures, etc.

New construction? Cases of 1900's (4" sq. j-boxes), bundles of sticks (or coils of NM)

It goes on and on... you really have to look at the kind of work you're doing (and the mats you're using) over the last ten jobs or so and make up a list for your particular situation.

[This message has been edited by DougW (edited 11-22-2004).]

#154869 - 11/22/04 04:03 PM Re: material stock
twh Offline

Registered: 03/11/04
Posts: 895
Loc: Regina, Sask.
That is a long list and depends on the kind of work you're doing.

For me, if I might need it, I have two; and, if I usually need it, at least six. For example, I have two of each double pole breaker up to 40 amps, and six of each 15 amp. Driving for parts wastes too much time.

With my current employer, I built the stock up over two years, so it wasn't a big expense at one time.

#154870 - 11/22/04 07:09 PM Re: material stock
Electric Eagle Offline

Registered: 04/20/02
Posts: 928
Loc: Alpharetta, GA
We do service work and remodel work. Our vans have a 10 page list of stock materials with everything from switches, receptacles, dimmers and cover plates in every concivable color, style or combination to ballasts to breakers to fan braces and device boxes, etc. Our vans are so well stocked the supply house calls us to see if we have an odd device. And we have back stock for all of these things in the shop. We make a lot more money with our guys working on the jobs instead of driving to the supply house.


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