If you haven’t already checked out the Technician’s Tools blog post feel free to give it a look over. This series of posts will focus on only seven pieces of gear for each department. These are the “must have” pieces of equipment for your tool belt.
Do you have a tool pouch? You’ll need to get one if you don’t.
Here are the 3 easiest ways to get one:
7 Grip Tools You Need:
Probably one of the most important and useful tools a grip will carry. Imagine rigging without one, impossible. You will use this everyday on set. Put some sash chord through the hole in the handle and wrap it around your wrist for extra safety when on a ladder. 8″ &10″ wrenches are perfect, but also check out 6″ wrenches with extra wide jaws.
So useful even some AD’s carry one. A leatherman is a great investment that can last you many, many years. Some will come with a holster and some extras even. Look at some here
On many lower budget or indie jobs there will be no dolly grip and dolly responsibilities will fall on to the key grip. Imagine having to lay 24feet of dolly track quickly without a level. Check some out!
Measuring tapes aren’t just for playing swords, but a major part of a grips job. Use it to measure a window before cutting gel or plan out your dolly track before you start laying.
Screwdriver can be a little hit and miss, but with a Picquic you can pull the bit out and use them in your drill. Try doing that with any other screwdriver!
Just as useful as any other tool, a knife will come in handy in just about any situation.
Great for quick rigging, you won’t use it as often as some of the other tools, but definitely a must have.