The Right Tools and Work Clothes for the Job

We’re all familiar with the saying in home renovation and construction “the Right Tools for the Job.  However, we often forget about clothing when it comes to doing work around our home ourselves or doing it as a professional contractor for clients.  How well we cloth ourselves and tradesman can often result in a job done right the first time instead of hastily rushing to get it done to avoid cold, wet and icy weather.

Safety wear and safety for Workers and DIY types

There is no “one size fits all” for a particular job, however much depends on whether the work is being done inside a structure or outside. Even when working in an interior space, heating or cooling may be make your uncomfortable or worse yet cause your employees to rush things. We all know that rushing a job often leads to rework and often a contractor has to eat that cost, not a home owner. If a homeowner is doing the work and messes up, it has cost him or her time and they will have to hire a skilled tradesman.

When it’s  warm

During the summer, most do it yourselfers might opt for a short sleeve shirt  T shirt or polo shirt. Not a bad choice but for a cool and comfortable worker, your best bet is 100% cotton. Nothing beats this natural fiber for wear and tear. Choose a polo if you are looking for a more dressed up look and a darker color if you are going to be doing messy work.

Most people select blue jeans when doing home improvement work. That’s a reasonable choice, but there are also polyester cotton slacks that are light weight and will keep you comfortable. 

Workers in safety clothing

When it’s cold

During winter, you’ll want to dress in layers whether you are a do it yourselfer or a tradesman. A T shirt or Polo shirt might still be a good idea, but a fleece  coat or pullover with a hood for the early part of the day is also a good idea. Because we all perspire, you’ll want a fleece jacket that breathes a bit and come off easier.

We've been talking about weather, but we all know that anything can happen when you are doing construction and renovation work. Safety shold be your primary concern. No one wants to end up in the hospital emergency room because you didn't you forgot to use safety and common sense on the job. Fortunately, there is a wide selection of saftey accessories and clothing for workers and DIY types.

For those tough jobs

Years ago I had to hire a guy called John to go into my attic that was full of fiberglass insulation. The stuff will make you itch for a week if you expose your skin to it. After dscussing the job,, John excused himself and went to the rest room. He emerged in coveralls. I knew then and there that John knew what he was doing because he had the common sense to protect his clothing and skin with those coveralls.

I've invested in coveralls myself and use them during demolition work. Believe me, the cost was well worth. I learned my lesson after I cut and bruised myself after taking down some old plaster walls. Those coveralls came in handy when I removed some hardwood flooring and in other messy jobs.

High Viz Clothing

If you do work close to streets , streets, highways and railroad tracks you owe it to your employees to make sure they are as safe as possible. You can do that with vest, shirts and other weather appropriate high visibility clothing aka inexpensive High Viz Clothing

High viz clothing woman

Visually Speaking, Clothes make Construction Team

If you are a contractor, you’ll want to make a good impression on your clients. Some of your prospective clients will want to inspect ongoing jobs that you and your crew are working on.  Put yourself in your client’s shoes. Would you be impressed if you saw a rag tag work crew or a crew that had a defining common element like a black fleece coat with your logo or company’s name on it? That common clothing identifies your team and also conveys pride in the work they are doing for your clients. It may just separate you from the other contractors you are competing with for work.