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Like most contractors, I seldom give much thought to how much stuff I lug around every day. That changed earlier this spring, when I decided to get all my tools and supplies in order. One sunny Sunday afternoon, I unloaded my 8-foot-by-16-foot enclosed trailer with my father's help. When everything (except for a 5-foot-tall mechanic's box) was out of the vehicle and neatly lined up on the street, I was amazed at how much had been inside. So amazed, in fact, I snapped a couple of pictures to document it all. Who'd have guessed that a contractor accumulates so much equipment?

It was a productive afternoon. Getting my trailer organized again was great — but spending the day with my dad was definitely the best part.

Eric Evans is a lead carpenter with GM Wild Construction in Brunswick, Maine.