Staying Warm While You Work in Cold Weather



I’ve been dealing with working in the cold since I before became a mechanic. Over the years I’ve learned what works for me when working in the cold. I share that information with you in this video.

Do you work in the cold? If so, how do you deal with working in the cold? What are your ‘must haves’ for working in the cold?

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44 Comments

  1. I run a two piece as a heavy equipment mechanic. If you get soaked with hydraulic oil it's easier to strip. Muck boots with steel toe and neoprene gloves. The neoprene gloves will stay warm as long as you keep moving… to a point and keep spares…

  2. Changed wheel bearings in -20F. Totally didn't notice the bearings had no Greece until the wheel fell off a few days later. Wore long John pants and shirt 2 socks on each foot. Hoodie and coat with liner gloves and a knit hat under a knit skimask.

  3. I work on my car outside my work, there is a garage door sized vent blowing around 20° air out the side. I sometimes have almost like a garage setup outside. No roof no walls.

  4. About the same as you. Staying light weight and rugged is the hard part. Work at golf course. Winter is time for cutting under-brush with bladed weed eaters. Cutting overgrown blackberries, huckleberries bushes can do a number on the clothes.

  5. On the opposite side side of the world we are facing the exact opposite problem, working in the heat of an Australian summer. It can get a bit uncomfortable working outside in 40+ degree heat, especially if you work in an industry that requires long sleeve shirts and pants. Only thing you can really do is drink plenty of water, take frequent breaks and, if possible, have an air conditioned hut to shelter in when having your lunch.

  6. the most important item for cold weather besides the "onesie" is footwear.. especially standing on cold concrete! same goes for other "all-weather" work…

  7. It depends on what I'm gonna do that day but this year have yet to bust out my carhartt extremes. I dress in layers, and make sure I dont sweat while outside because you will freeze quicker

  8. I've usually got two to three sets of thermals on under my outer wear. Then I layer up with two sweatshirts (one hooded, one not hooded). I follow that up with a fleece vest. If it is super cold, or windy (or both) I then throw on a wind proof jacket to top it all off. If it is absolutely miserable, I break out the hunting gear which is designed to keep you warm when you're not moving, which makes it super warm when I am moving.

  9. i layer up and get someone else to do it. i'd do it, but me and cold are a potentially lethal combo. got super sick in 2001 and haven't been able to do cold for very long ever since then. sucks bad, man.

  10. We barely had a real winter. Almost no snow, and if there was some, it was already melted a few hours later. But very wet, therefore uncomfortable. Still, only very rarely below freezing – but that one week that was a few degrees below freezing during the nights, the media also published stuff like "cold wave" and "arctic winter" and bs like that, when it's actually very warm for a February in Berlin. On the weekend, it almost felt like spring was coming.
    Wow, I'm glad I could write that comment without mentioning any degrees because you got your weird Fahrengauge, who was even a German, but his temp scale still sucks 😉

  11. I always see people in super warm gear, but without gloves! If I don't have gloves and it's below ~35°F, my hands go numb in minutes. I must have poor blood flow in my hands.

  12. I worked on heavy professionally for many years we would set up a diesel hot dog heater and put it inches away from us or someone rotate into the truck every 5 minutes of it's -40

  13. When I have to work on a car in winter I usually have on thermals under my pants and I wear 2 pairs of socks along with my boots. As for my top side I wear a t-shirt or a sweatshirt under my big Carhartt jacket along with a Carhartt facemask. As for my hands I wear nitrile gloves along with a pair of fingerless gloves for dexterity.

  14. close the garage door and enjoy the heater warmed garage. Those ceiling mounted heaters (from Northern Tool) work like a charm.

  15. I'm a school bus mechanic and I wear jeans,shirt, thick socks and overhauls or coverhauls. Most bad weather we don't do a ton outside but we do have to fix them on the side of the road at times. Had some pretty bad times .

  16. Working outside as the temperature drops and their is snow on the ground – Muck boots, fleece lined jeans under lined overalls, knit hat sometimes two, and mittens over mechanic gloves – dropping the mittens when I need to use my fingers. At <-10-deg. screw it I stay home and walk the dog. He moves fast enough I stay warm.

  17. Well I'll admit I've got a few pairs of adult polar fleece footed pajamas. Yes they're hilarious and yes they work very well under heavier snow suits to keep me warm working outside here in polar Alaska. Cotton is your enemy, & the fleece is synthetic, so it keeps you warm but dries out very quickly. I'll usually have that on as my base layer, then put on a hoodie & a lightweight pair of sweatpants, followed by my bib snowpants & coat, hat, & gloves. Several pairs of gloves of varying thickness is very useful, depending on what your task at hand is. Basically when I'm all dressed up I look like Randy from A Christmas Story when his mom is getting him ready for school!! But back in JROTC in high school, I was the only one to ace the arctic survival course held at camp Gorsuch when it was -15F. Everyone laughed about the PJs & my one-piece snowsuit (better for survival situations or going through chest deep snow) until I was the only one not nearly frozen & was able to start a fire.

  18. As a bus mechanic for a fleet which is spreed over about 600kms in Newfoundland, Canada. With only one shop we end up on the road a nice bit. My go to warm outfit would be overalls with a sweater with hood on the inside, then a woods jacket over that.

  19. When is dead cold is super uncomfortable to do DIY work. I have found the best solution I bought me a second vehicle when mine work week car breaks down jump into the second once the weather gets better a fixed the work week.

  20. When I was a young man in Alaska, laying on his back on the frozen ground many times to change the starter motor on a 1970 Cadillac Sedan, I would wear expedition-weight longjohns, heavy socks, t-shirt, jeans, wool blouse, my Dickies workin' onesie, polypropolene (wicking) glove innards with Cornwell tool mechanic glove outers, snowmachine… erm, "snow mobile" boots and a wool hat.
    Also, if you're gonna be laying on the frozen ground, put something between you and the ground; cardboard, rubber mat, foam rubber, a chunk of carpet… Anything will slow that creeping cold that gets into your bones when you lay directly on the heat-starved earth

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