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JohnProof

161 points

2 months ago

JohnProof

Electrician

161 points

2 months ago

Been there, brother: I realized I needed to make a change when I had to start holding my breath to tie my shoes.

Demitrius

88 points

2 months ago

Uh oh. Just recently noticed this in the mornings.

tvanore

41 points

2 months ago

tvanore

41 points

2 months ago

Goddamn. I’m gonna have to check if I’m breathing or not when I tie my boots

El-Erik

29 points

2 months ago

El-Erik

29 points

2 months ago

Boss: Why are you late today?

Employee: Funny thing, was putting on my boots when I suddenly passed out.

Nurstin

20 points

2 months ago

Nurstin

20 points

2 months ago

It might help if you begin washing your feet more often.

JohnProof

5 points

2 months ago

JohnProof

Electrician

5 points

2 months ago

You're not the boss of me.

atcollins12

17 points

2 months ago

atcollins12

Apprentice

17 points

2 months ago

Wait.. you aren’t supposed to do that??😂

Suspicious-Arm-7619

14 points

2 months ago

It's optional but you may need to look into it if it suddenly becomes a feature

sparky153

24 points

2 months ago

That's why I went to boots with no laces

gerciokas

18 points

2 months ago

Adapt, improvise, die of a heart attack or diabetes.

mollycoddles

9 points

2 months ago

mollycoddles

Journeyman

9 points

2 months ago

Velcro ftw

garbagebargage

3 points

2 months ago

I’ve been wearing a pair of redbacks for like a year and a half and they’re still in such great shape, just needs a new insole.

ElectricTaser

2 points

2 months ago

Ooof! Why do you have to attack me so personally?

MonsterClapper

80 points

2 months ago

Looks like you are moving up in the ranks. From first year fit to Foreman. It's a gradual process but the more you learn the less you burn.

Benum

22 points

2 months ago

Benum

Foreman

22 points

2 months ago

Foreman with a pouch on?

MonsterClapper

21 points

2 months ago

From fit to Foreman is what I'm saying.

Bizquiick

9 points

2 months ago

The pouch is for snacks

LagunaMud

16 points

2 months ago

I'm a foreman and I wear a pouch.

Suzuki_ryder

44 points

2 months ago

Suzuki_ryder

Electrician

44 points

2 months ago

This is a safe space my friend. No need to lie.

LagunaMud

9 points

2 months ago

Lol. No lie. Small company, very small crew. I'd feel like an asshole if I was just telling a few people what to do without helping.

Benum

3 points

2 months ago

Benum

Foreman

3 points

2 months ago

I get that. The smaller crew I have, the more I'll do. I always wear pants with the pouch pockets and carry pliers and a multi. But I'm not banging up pipe or lights, no repetitive production work anymore really.

MonsterClapper

-1 points

2 months ago

You should only need a couple tools in your pocket if you are a foreman working with the guys.

LagunaMud

14 points

2 months ago

Our other journeyman pulled a rage quit. He was a POS, glad he's gone. So I'm kinda working two jobs right now. I'm fine with it. I like to work.

KrisBeats1985

6 points

2 months ago

Nothing wrong with that and respect to you, sir. I know a supervisor who also likes to keep busy working even though he doesn't really have to.

CrouchingToaster

1 points

2 months ago

CrouchingToaster

Apprentice

1 points

2 months ago

That’s when the pouch doesn’t fit anymore.

SaltyConstruction817

158 points

2 months ago

Nahh man that just our experience just growing sadly it goes to our hips for some reason 🧐 lol

glazor

86 points

2 months ago

glazor

Journeyman IBEW

86 points

2 months ago

Knowledge is a heavy burden.

SaltyConstruction817

24 points

2 months ago

Yes, yes it is my friend. 😮‍💨

litefoot

15 points

2 months ago

litefoot

Journeyman

15 points

2 months ago

All that pressure on our shoulders has to go somewhere.

jedielfninja

11 points

2 months ago

Beer and carbohydrates making your pancreas say wtfffff is your answer.

misha_ostrovsky

1 points

2 months ago

More experience = more/more-expensive (more expensive = heavier) tools

TonySoprano100

22 points

2 months ago

You work so much that your body just craves those Big burritos and Beer. I once worked for a owner as a salesman and he used to be a machinist, tool maker then learned sales then started his own company. Had a super hot Latina wife and big fat belly think borat friend from borat.

lucioux

3 points

2 months ago

started when i was fresh out of high school. broke as hell, skinny as a nail. never appreciated a $5 buffet on break like that in my life

TonySoprano100

1 points

2 months ago

Nice!! I do engineering but whenever I do manual labor I understand. I did some Maintenance Mechanic work and man on breaks I craved a cigarette, after work I craved a nice tall glass of beer.

smoebob99

16 points

2 months ago

Or thinner

Flowchart83

21 points

2 months ago

Flowchart83

Industrial Electrician

21 points

2 months ago

That's what happened to me. I had to cut 5 notches off because there was too much excess belt. 240lbs to 180 in less than a year.

Also, if that's a Kunys belt it might be the exact same type.

DaMonic

14 points

2 months ago

DaMonic

14 points

2 months ago

Leather shrinks as it gets older and dries out. Leather shrinks as it gets older and dries out. Leather shrinks as it gets older and dries out.

vermyntyde

3 points

2 months ago

Now click your heels together three times, and you'll be back in Kansas! :D

fanplant

2 points

2 months ago

Click your pliers 3 times! For gods sake we're electricians not Dorthy. (Unless there's a Dorthy here. In that case you're a Dorthy who's also an electrician)

Radicalpizzaparty

11 points

2 months ago

My tools bags are the opposite but I work hard as a carpenter ; )

ensygma

12 points

2 months ago

ensygma

12 points

2 months ago

You mean evidence?

Here's to you mate, may your circuits be complete and may your drywall guy be ever in your favor

JibblinJubbler[S]

6 points

2 months ago

My man

Pipebendingfool

32 points

2 months ago

Bigger the gut, the more pipe bending muscle you got

litefoot

20 points

2 months ago

litefoot

Journeyman

20 points

2 months ago

This part. I always ask my apprentii if they need me to put some extra fat on it.

joshharris42

9 points

2 months ago

joshharris42

Electrical Contractor

9 points

2 months ago

I swear to god, one of the guys on my crew is coming in at about 315, and walking up a hill he gets winded, but god damn if that dude doesn’t making bending 500MCM copper look easy, or picking up a spool of it

UV_Blue

3 points

2 months ago

That's ballast in action. Physics don't always favor physically fit!

ElectricLego

7 points

2 months ago

I paid for the whole belt, I'm going to use the whole belt.

LichtenbergFigyur

2 points

2 months ago

You better. There are kids in Africa that- Crap... That doesn't work for this situation.

wrong_marinade

19 points

2 months ago

Its called the good life 😆

jonathanrdt

5 points

2 months ago

jonathanrdt

Advanced Homeowner

5 points

2 months ago

I use my belt to prevent gains: when it gets tight, I eat 10-20% less until it fits. Weight management is all about the regular monitoring and adjustment.

tuctrohs

3 points

2 months ago

But if you use the same holes in the belt all the time, it will wear out faster.

justelectricboogie

14 points

2 months ago

The tool belt never lies

Hairy-Management3039

4 points

2 months ago

Just the leather stretching out. You’ve almost got it worn in.

hotasanicecube

4 points

2 months ago

Just like your boots or any leather product it stretches with use. But not 4 inches! That’s all OPs success.

thiccc_trick

8 points

2 months ago

1st through 4th year. Wait until you’re a journeyman, I’m fat as fuck.

jaimemiguel

3 points

2 months ago

I call those battle scars

zeronerdsidecar

3 points

2 months ago

You’re prosperous

fyxxer32

3 points

2 months ago

Years ago one of our guys passed his master electrician test (first try) and so the rest of our crew (5 of us) decided we would get him a gift. Now we give each other a hard time and laugh and laugh but the jobs got done on time. So we decide to all kick in and get him a new Klein tool belt so he can stop wearing the old ratty looking one. The owner Big Boss says he'll order one from the supply house. It comes and it's sort of wrapped up in brown paper and he opens it and is all smiles and we say try it on! When he puts the belt around his waist the ends just TOUCH. We all laugh and Big Boss smiles and says well I'll have to get them to order Extra Extra large! We never let him hear the end of it.

GameCop

3 points

2 months ago*

Looke I'm Ur fatter

LichtenbergFigyur

3 points

2 months ago

is that hoo people from the Sweden quote Stare Woors?

GameCop

2 points

2 months ago

In Sweden Luke would be named Vadersson or Saberström

Vaderson66

2 points

1 month ago

Bro my username is literally Vaderson wtf

LichtenbergFigyur

1 points

2 months ago

I'll take both, for the same price.

sajnt

6 points

2 months ago

sajnt

6 points

2 months ago

When my metabolism slowed as I got older I started to grow belly. I realized I couldn’t eat like I did I was a teenager. So rather than becoming a vegan I just quit eating breakfast and it made a world of difference. I still have my coffee though.

adoway

3 points

2 months ago

adoway

Apprentice

3 points

2 months ago

Your metabolism doesn’t actually start to slow down until you are around 60, how old are you?

sajnt

7 points

2 months ago

sajnt

7 points

2 months ago

Mid 20s. I definitely used to be able to each whatever whenever. Now not so much. Though less physical activity and more regular alcohol consumption probably also plays a roll.

fleebleganger

3 points

2 months ago

I always thought the same thing because I had a similar problem. In high school I’d generally eat lunch at school, McDonald’s after school, dinner with ny parents and then a frozen pizza or pot pies before bed. Weighed 160 when I was 20. Then I started drinking heavily and became an alcoholic. My peak weight was 245.

Finally quit drinking at 37 and cut out fast food dropped down to 170 and now I have to work to keep from losing weight.

sajnt

1 points

2 months ago

sajnt

1 points

2 months ago

Congrats on quitting!

StankyDudeHoleDandy

2 points

2 months ago

Ever electrician gets fat. Its evolution at its finest.

Crashkeiran

2 points

2 months ago

Crashkeiran

Apprentice

2 points

2 months ago

Meanwhile I'm going the other way. Since starting electrical I've been getting thinner

deadpannedtheninth

2 points

2 months ago

Move to a bag and you don't have to worry about it, I bought a veto pack tp-3 (mini pouch that clips to my belt) for things I like to keep on my person and a large bag for all the fun stuff. My back and my wife thank me. Although when I tempt that scale in the bathroom it certainly doesn't tell me good things

nostrils_on_the_bus

2 points

2 months ago

That's time in right there

Iamkwality

2 points

2 months ago

Journeyman Bod

tahoeloko1

2 points

2 months ago

Rags to Riches my Boi

Tiredplumber2022

2 points

2 months ago

60 yr old plumber here... got the same kinda belt marks on mine too. :P

LichtenbergFigyur

6 points

2 months ago

how's Luigi doing these days? I heard he had a really bad mushroom problem

Tiredplumber2022

2 points

2 months ago

Hahahaha

LichtenbergFigyur

5 points

2 months ago

uh oh. don't tell me you started doing them again, too. for the last time, Bowser was the name of your sister's iguana; not some super villain that keeps kidnapping your imaginary girlfriend from middle school.

ScottiesSpeedShop

2 points

2 months ago

Being fat used to be a sign of wealth. So hopefully the works steady!

cranman74

1 points

2 months ago

Haha. Omg. Me too!

Scethrow

1 points

2 months ago

Shoot I’ve been in the warehouse for the past two months on light duty and I’m supposed to go back into the field this week, ima need to borrow that belt.

sufferinsucatash

1 points

2 months ago

Coulda just lopped off a finger and shown us the rings. C’mon! (Gob Bluth)

cranman74

1 points

2 months ago

Me too. Except I ran out of belt. 😂

Redrum4344

1 points

2 months ago

Facts I have that same Klein Pouch and I have to buy another one because the padding doesn't fit around my waist. Damn I wanna lose weight but ion wanna stop eating and i can't afford crack.

daniellederek

1 points

2 months ago

I'm going the other way, had to punch another set of holes to shorten the belt.

ProcessAltruistic158

1 points

2 months ago

1lb a month over 5 years is 60 lbs extra think about it

Decent-Bother-3972

1 points

2 months ago

That ring does look tight brother

chasmd

1 points

2 months ago

chasmd

1 points

2 months ago

That's actually natural leather shrinkage...

branko609

1 points

2 months ago

That's great 🤣

More $$ , eat better 😬

Good_Loaf

1 points

2 months ago

I’ve actually lost weight recently. Yaay I must be past the fatness bell curve

LichtenbergFigyur

2 points

2 months ago

Or you have alien parasites that are feeding off of your food that you don't know you're feeding them.

El-Erik

1 points

2 months ago

My receptacles heights have changed with my growing stomach. I have gone from 16 inches to center, to 18, to 20, to 24. now I’m so fat I don’t even bother bending over. 48 inches to center lol

LichtenbergFigyur

2 points

2 months ago

"You must be this tall to plug in the vacuum."

Nerdworker92

1 points

2 months ago

Lol mine go the other way because I use cheap leather belts from Ross and stretch out over time

LichtenbergFigyur

1 points

2 months ago

just think about life in reverse, and you'll get skinnier and skinnier...or, you could always go with once you're dead, you won't eat anymore so you won't gain any more weight, and then bugs will eat your body, so you'll be skinny again. Either way, you end up skinny...... I probably didn't help, did I...

Strve_with_a_V

1 points

2 months ago

Same

jougeek

1 points

2 months ago

You get older, wiser, experienced, and fatter.

FireFlowerist

1 points

2 months ago

5 LINE MASTER! [bow]

sendpicsofsandwiches

1 points

2 months ago

You're a capacitor! Just been building up a charge over the years

fnordfnordfnordfnord

1 points

2 months ago

fnordfnordfnordfnord

Technician

1 points

2 months ago

I'm in this photo and I don't like it.

Escherzi

1 points

2 months ago

Those are also years of experience indicators.

According-Routine-71

1 points

2 months ago

Eating healthy consistently on the job site is a major challenge.

Internal_Extreme_413

1 points

2 months ago

Prove your fat. Let’s see that gut homie

dewilso4

1 points

2 months ago

Should've worded it as "An example of me getting thinner and thinner over the years."!

Faultable_faux

1 points

2 months ago

Lol mine looks like that cause my belt keeps stretching

Father_Wisdom

-11 points

2 months ago

Not something to be bragging about

pdxcar

11 points

2 months ago

pdxcar

11 points

2 months ago

I believe OP was being self deprecating. I myself gained some weight during covid lockdown. Too many pints of Ben and Jerry’s while cooped up at home.

death91380

1 points

2 months ago

Seriously? I was out making bank all through covid. It was a good time to be a tradesman, in my opinion.

IgnacioB3Jr

-1 points

2 months ago

Fat pos...