View Poll Results: Creeper or carpet
Creeper 3 33.33%
Carpet 2 22.22%
Switch between creeper and carpet 6 66.67%
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Old 06-19-2015, 12:25 AM   #1
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A friend showed up today while I was making battery tray brackets for the winter upgrade project, and as often happens when folks stop by, I got the "why aren't you using the creeper" question. I have two creepers (good ones) and have had half a dozen others, but they always seem to find there way to leaning on the wall, and I am back to using a scrap of carpet. It is not intentional or planned, it just happens.

The benefits of using a creeper are obvious, it has wheels to move you in and out, and a headrest if you need a nap.

I think, at least for me, the difference comes from two things, that are not 100% of the time, but often enough to prevent switching back and forth between carpet and creeper.

1. You have to get the vehicle a couple of inches higher to use a creeper and have the same amount of work space.

2. A lot of the under vehicle work I do entails tight bolts to loosen (that I can't get with the impact) and tighten, and things like drilling holes in the high strength frame parts that require a lot of force.

The logic of #1. is obvious, it is harder and you need better jacks and stands to do it.

#2 is tougher to define, but it seems that whenever I try to use the creeper, I wind up trying to drill a hole, loosen something, whatever, that requires a big sideways push, and zoom off I go rolling away on the creeper because I can't get a good push without rolling away. Usually, I leave a bunch of skin somewhere because the wrench or drill slipped when the creeper took off. On a piece of carpet, I am not strong enough to make myself slide.

So--what do you all do? creeper or carpet or switch between?
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Old 06-19-2015, 12:37 AM   #2
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I often use a piece of cardboard. I can just get under the van with no lift at all but it is tight. Getting under the van is easier than getting out from under the van - that ain't pretty.

I have a creeper, just haven't used it yet. I'll probably try it when I get around to the macerator project. Thanks for the heads up re: what to expect on the creeper.
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Old 06-19-2015, 01:42 AM   #3
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Until recently, I worked on cars over a gravel surface where a creeper wouldn't work even if I had the room underneath. Now I have a large concrete driveway so I might dig out my creeper and give it a try.
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I use my creeper to inspect the underside but I use cardboard if I have to go back to do repairs.
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I got my first creeper ever a few months ago. My conclusion: Where have you been all my life? I love it.

For the extra height I built 5" ramps out of bits of 2x12. The van drives right up on them:

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Old 06-19-2015, 03:51 PM   #6
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+1 on the cardboard
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Both. Like booster says if you have to pull or push hard the creeper wont stay in place. Back in my old days the creeper wheels would run over my hair sometimes.
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That's funny! Probably not for you at the time though.

I wonder if any of the fancy creepers have brakes?
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I wonder if any of the fancy creepers have brakes?
Actually all of them have brakes! They stop really fast when you hit even a tiny rock or anything on the floor.
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I've used a creeper, carpet a foam pad and cardboard. They all work to soften the interface with rock hard concrete. ��
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