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Tool-Loving Installers Share Their Best Tips

Installers love their tools and tool bags, and you’ll find some of the liveliest discussions at, where dealers talk bags, lasers, drill bits, and a $5.99 life saver.


Petzl Tikka 2 headlamp (available Dec. 2012)

One of the best places to chat about tools and other toys of the trade is to head to the Installers’ Lounge on

We’ve rounded up some of the liveliest, most informative threads for tool-loving installers.

Click on the headlines to read the complete thread.

How many of you guys use a siding “zip tool” to run wires?
A whole thread about a $5.99 SideSwiper siding removal tool from Malco. One dealer says, the piece “has become one of my most favored tools in the bag.” It’s a must-have where vinyl siding is present. (Why haven’t the cable guys discovered this tool?)

Plasma fell off a brick wall
Integrators discuss the best tools and techniques for mounting big TVs to brick walls … after a DIY job goes bad.


Laser tool you like?
Lots of good discussion on laser tools, including this comment: “These things are like Facebook for me, I just don’t grasp it.”

One dealer says he can’t believe he ever lived so long without a Bosch GLL 3-80 with telescopic pole accessory. 


Bosch laser tool

Best tool Bag Ever!
Boys show off their toys. The tool bag in the title refers to the VetoPro XL, which Blog Mobster Mac Burks reviewed for CE Pro earlier in 2012. The thread includes discussions of tools as well. One dealer swears by this Tikka four-LED headlamp from Petzl.

Conduit without pull string
A dealer seeks advice on dropping pull string through a 1,000-foot run of conduit. The responses are extremely creative and amusing - suction, water, leaf blowers, and furry critters to name a few.

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About the Author

Julie Jacobson, Co-Founder, EH Publishing / Editor-at-large, CE Pro
Julie Jacobson, recipient of the 2014 CEA TechHome Leadership Award, is co-founder of EH Publishing, producer of CE Pro, Electronic House, Commercial Integrator, Security Sales and other leading technology publications. She currently spends most of her time writing for CE Pro in the areas of home automation, security, networked A/V and the business of home systems integration. Julie majored in Economics at the University of Michigan, spent a year abroad at Cambridge University, earned an MBA from the University of Texas at Austin, and has never taken a journalism class in her life. She's a washed-up Ultimate Frisbee player currently residing in Carlsbad, Calif. Follow her on Twitter @juliejacobson. [More by Julie Jacobson]

4 Comments (displayed in order by date/time)

Posted by Mark Nagle  on  12/06  at  12:39 AM

Im surprised that there are not any negative comments on how you are stealing material from other sources.

Either you JUST posted the article or everyone is off for the holidays. lol

Posted by 3pedalmini  on  12/06  at  11:54 AM

@ Mark

What are you talking about? Julie is a regular member over at RC, i dont think shes stealing anything, just consolidated. And im sure she has permission from Daniel Tonks (owner of RC) to be able to use links since they have a direct feed of news articles at the top of the page.

Even if she didnt she is doing nothing more then giving an excerpt of what was said and links TO THE THREADS. Jesus, grow up.

Posted by Julie Jacobson  on  12/06  at  03:58 PM

??? Post is a tribute to and I hope it inspires dealers to visit and participate in the site.

Posted by Craig  on  12/08  at  08:27 PM

I really liked this article! great and fun information. Useful links are hard to come!

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