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#1 Mitch Lusas

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Posted 31 October 2005 - 03:51 PM

As an electric or gaffer, what do you consider necessary on a shoot?

So far I've only found the need for a light meter, volt meter, circuit tester, pliers, gaff tape, pegs, various edison adapters, and a 3-fer. Am I missing anything?

Thanks for your help.

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#2 Kris Carrillo

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Posted 31 October 2005 - 04:35 PM

As an electric or gaffer, what do you consider necessary on a shoot?

So far I've only found the need for a light meter, volt meter, circuit tester, pliers, gaff tape, pegs, various edison adapters, and a 3-fer. Am I missing anything?

Thanks for your help.

Mitch Lusas
Virginia Beach, VA


In addition to what you listed, I also carry a 4-in-1 screwdriver, small scissors, side-cutters, a pelican M6 LED flashlight, a folding allen wrench set, and a couple 10"x10" sheets of black wrap folded up. I started carrying around the small cuts of black wrap recently, and they've played a number of times when we're shooting an insert and we need to break up the light quickly.

When you say 3-fer, are you talking about an edison cube tap? Or are you talking about a camlock or molepin single-to-three splitter? Just curious.

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#3 Mitch Lusas

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Posted 01 November 2005 - 03:38 PM

Thanks Kris,

I appreciate your input. Carrying black wrap on oneself would definitely be more convenient and speed things along.

Sorry about the miscommunication, the 3-fer I'm referring to is an edison cube tap.

Thanks again for your help.

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#4 Chainsaw

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Posted 03 November 2005 - 12:40 AM

When I Gaffed and Keyed my tool kit(s) (a modified Arri BL 1000' Mag case and M60 ammo cases) contained:

Crow Bar
Flat Bar
Zip Ties
Spring Clips (#'s 1,2,&3)
4lb. Hand Sledge
Concrete Anchors
Quick-On Edisons
Zip Cord
12/3 Cable
Bailing Wire
Circuit Tester
Line Tester
Cube Taps
Amp Probe
Fluke Meter
Multi Guage Wire Stripper
Needle Nose Pliers (many sizes)
Vice Grips (many sizes)
4/0 Cable Cutters
Hardened Dykes (cutting pliers)
Retractable Matte Knife
Robo Grip (excellent for one-handed wrench or plier work)
Allen Wrenches
Star Drivers
Screw Gun
Screwdrivers (multiple phillips and flat head)
Black Wrap
Clothespins
Shackles
Quick Links
Hardened Carabiners
1/4 inch Braided Steel Cable
Swaging Tool/Nico Press
Chain (several lengths and strengths)
Cotton Sash
Trickline
Hemp Rope
Bungee Cords
Eye-Bolts
Waterproof Sockets
Porcelain Sockets
Photofloods (PH 211, 212, &213)
Party Bulbs
Bug Lights
China Balls
20a Hubbles (male and female)
Steel Files
Sharpies
Flat Pencils
Tape Measure
Glow Sticks
Cowhide Gloves
Fingerless Gloves
Spyderco Endura Folding Knife
Ratchet Set
Mutt Tool (Pin Splitter)
Velcro
Electrical Tape (White, Black, Red, Green, Blue)
Friction Tape
Gaffer Tape (2" Black, Grey, Green, Red, White)
Paper Tape
J-Lar or Clear Packing Tape
Snot Tape
Fluorescent Spray Marking Paint
Wooden Stakes
Mini Mag-Lites
Large Mag Lite
Mini-Mag Head Band
Band-Aids
Aspirin
Continuity Tester
Ground Lifters
Folding Shovel
Hatchet
White Show Card
Black Show Card
Foam Core
Crescent Wrenches (various sizes)
Clear Visqueen
Rubber Mallet
Anti-Seize
Spray Silicone
WD-40
Streaks and Tips
Spray Adhesive
Leather Tool Pouch
Sterno
Drill and Various Bits
Tarps
Alcohol
Kim-Wipes
Epoxy
A Dry Change of Clothes

And so on I suppose...
It's getting late and this list is from memory so there are bound to be a few things that are unintentionally omitted but it's still a fairly accurate rundown of tools I carried and more importantly used on set.
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#5 Brad Grimmett

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Posted 03 November 2005 - 02:36 AM

Man, that's a big tool belt Tony! :P
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#6 Phil Rhodes

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Posted 03 November 2005 - 08:40 AM

Hi,

> a 3-fer

A what?

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#7 Sol Train Saihati

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Posted 03 November 2005 - 01:52 PM

Miniature bottles of whiskey.
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#8 Mitch Lusas

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Posted 03 November 2005 - 07:25 PM

That is one huge list. Thanks for taking the time to right down what you have in your Gaff kit. It's quite an extensive kit. There is only one thing I think you are missing: sunblock/sunscreen.

Instead of saying an edison cube tab, I just say 3-fer.

One thing I forgot to mention that I have found essential on a Gaff Belt: a gaffer's glass.

Are there any other items that we are missing for a gaff/electric belt?

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#9 Matt Irwin

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Posted 03 November 2005 - 10:19 PM

Are there any other items that we are missing for a gaff/electric belt?

A repelling harness and a jet pack?
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#10 Chainsaw

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Posted 03 November 2005 - 10:20 PM

Well, in these parts if you ask for a 3-fer when you want a cube tap you'll be handed a 60a Bates breakout to 3 15a Edisons, the terms aren't interchangeable.

Instead of throwing down for a Gaffer's Glass I've always used either a pair of Ray-Bans or a scrap of ND gel.

Sunscreen is a big must-have, I never rely on a production to supply it.

A few important things that I left out are:

Ratchet Straps
Crutch Tips
Butcher Paper
Lemon Pledge
Hardened Bolt Cutters (for when someone loses the key to the Grip cabinet padlock, seriously)
Ceramic Wire Nuts
Various Electrical Splicers and Connectors
Griff Tape
DuveTape
Mortar Shell Tubes (for gels and diffusion, they are water-tight and extremely durable)
Styptic Gel
Road Flares (for exterior safety and VERY theatrical lighting)
Spare Grip Head Inserts
Adhesive Felt Pads


Of course I have never been on a shoot where I have needed all of the tools that I bring but they are there if the need arises.
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#11 John Hall

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Posted 04 November 2005 - 11:44 AM

The only tools I really find necessary to have ON my belt are:

Crescent Wrench
Silent 6in1 Screwdriver - Cause no one wants to hear you 'clink' around during a shot.
Voltage Tester
Retractible Boxcutter Knife
Needle Nose Pliers - One of those fold up deals. Also has some knives.
Wood Screws
Wire Caps
1 C-74 (reversed C-47) - For lifting hot scrims from lights.
18" piece of sash - Such pieces have saved me more times that I care to count.
1" Black Masking & 1" Black Cloth (anything else I get off the tape stringer)
Sharipe Marker & Ballpoint Pen

And this is one of my favourites, a hold over from when I was real fresh in the industry:

Small pieces of 1/2 CTO, 1/2 CTB & 1/2 Minus-Green

This is invaluable after a long day when your eyes are tired. Not sure if a piece is full or half? Just check it against your small piece of 1/2.

This all fits in my fairly compact ACG Grip/Electric pouch, except the tape which is on a tape loop (also ACG), and the Pliers, which have their own case.
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