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    Unfortunately, I spend a little too much time...

    Unfortunately, I spend a little too much time working in the rain to use one of the open top bags. Thanks for the offer though.
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    Want to trade Veto Tech LC

    I've got a like new Veto Pro Pac Tech LC that I would like to trade for the regular LC or XL. I got a new one when I started a new job and I find myself needing more hand tool storage and less meter...
  3. I have a greenlee cs8000. Expensive tool but it...

    I have a greenlee cs8000. Expensive tool but it works very well. You can trace the wiring itself or find the breaker in the panel with it.
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    I went through WEG's VFD training class and they...

    I went through WEG's VFD training class and they recommended taping when making a wire nut connection on anything having to do with a drive. The gradual loosening of the wire nut would eventually...
  5. Thread: Wiring Fail

    by Random
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    I see a lot of that with aluminum wiring. Right...

    I see a lot of that with aluminum wiring. Right next to the big sticker forbidding the use of aluminum wiring.
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    I am very fond of my glow in the dark kleins. ...

    I am very fond of my glow in the dark kleins. Nice to be able to see where I put them down in a ceiling.
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    I forgot to take a picture, but I've got a good...

    I forgot to take a picture, but I've got a good one.

    The oil company I used to work for also owned some apartment buildings. I got a call one day for one of the apartments. These systems were...
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    The one I did had a couple of horizontal runs and...

    The one I did had a couple of horizontal runs and turns. I had to wrap the 1/4" line around my arm to get enough grip to pull it. As long as the line isn't stapled or tightly strapped, it should...
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    I ran into a similar situation once. I brazed a...

    I ran into a similar situation once. I brazed a 3/8" line to the 1/4" line outside and then pulled the 1/4" line into the attic, dragging the 3/8" line in behind it. It was a real pain, but it got...
  10. Two furnace installs, both in nasty crawlspaces.

    Two furnace installs, both in nasty crawlspaces.
  11. Thread: Nut Drivers

    by Random
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    For a six in one, I use the red handle Made in...

    For a six in one, I use the red handle Made in USA screwdriver carried by RE Michel. At $4.52, I wouldn't be bothered if I wore one out. However, they've stood up to quite a bit of abuse and I've...
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    One of our guys bought the Rigid impact and drill...

    One of our guys bought the Rigid impact and drill set. I like the separate trigger for the light and it seems like they have more RPMs than my Milwaukee stuff.

    However, I like my Milwaukee...
  13. Thread: Timber!

    by Random
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    We've got tons of squished units still running at...

    We've got tons of squished units still running at our apartments. None quite that bad, but some are close.
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    It had to be. We do some charity work here in...

    It had to be. We do some charity work here in Richmond and most of those jobs look like your pictures.
  15. Thread: Typical locals.

    by Random
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    I replaced one last week that looked very...

    I replaced one last week that looked very similar. Strange.
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    I swear by the RE Michel 6 in 1 with the red...

    I swear by the RE Michel 6 in 1 with the red plastic/black rubber handle. 4 bucks, works great. I've lost half a dozen of them, never broken one. I just buy another every once in awhile.
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    Kimball-Midwest Penetrating Oil. Smells like...

    Kimball-Midwest Penetrating Oil. Smells like cherries, works like nothing you've ever seen. I blew up the front end in my old mud racing truck once, in the process of taking that apart, I had to...
  18. Thread: knee pain

    by Random
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    When I was in school, my teacher said the same...

    When I was in school, my teacher said the same thing about getting knee pads. First thing I bought was knee pads. My knees are already a little rough from a few sports injuries when I was young, so...
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    I've called for neglected dogs several times. I...

    I've called for neglected dogs several times. I usually wait a day or two, to give me a little plausible deniability.
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    I buy them at the flea market. Find them all day...

    I buy them at the flea market. Find them all day long, say Made In USA on them. I really like the Wright brand wrench I've got, as well as the Klein. I spent ten bucks on the pair.
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    I'm slowly converting to all Knipex. I love the...

    I'm slowly converting to all Knipex. I love the Alligator pliers.
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    I carry a Princeton Tec Impact XL. It's LED,...

    I carry a Princeton Tec Impact XL. It's LED, takes four AA batteries, waterproof and tough as nails. I use a headlamp most of the time when working and for that I use either a Princeton Tec Yukon...
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    I work with a few guys like that. We work on 22...

    I work with a few guys like that. We work on 22 and 410, nothing else, but they've got four sets of gauges on their trucks!? Crazy.
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    I went behind one of the large companies in our...

    I went behind one of the large companies in our area on a water heater, no heat call. I put a new pilot assembly on it for the cost of the part and an hour's labor. On the way out the door, the...
  25. You should go to school. You could easily be...

    You should go to school. You could easily be hired to do apartment maintenance. Most of those jobs don't require driving a company vehicle.
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    I've got a Fieldpiece SC76. I like it a lot, but...

    I've got a Fieldpiece SC76. I like it a lot, but I haven't had much chance to put it through its paces. I like the NCV beeper a lot, because I never can hang on to tip testers.

    Before this I...
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    Influence/affluence is not a measure of success. ...

    Influence/affluence is not a measure of success. Happiness is. So, do what makes you happy. I've tried a lot of different fields, this one makes me very happy. I love going to work every day. ...
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    My company does a lot of work for a company that...

    My company does a lot of work for a company that does "weatherization." They LOVE to use this nasty gray blown-in insulation that reminds me of the old stuff. That stuff is ferocious.

    I love...
  29. Thread: New Drill

    by Random
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    I've got the larger set, with Sawzall and...

    I've got the larger set, with Sawzall and flashlight. It's awesome. The impact never leaves my side. The sawzall and hammer drill are fantastic for installs and plumbing work. Surprisingly, the...
  30. Thread: Workers unions

    by Random
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    I am willing and able to negotiate on my own...

    I am willing and able to negotiate on my own behalf, if my employer won't play ball, there are plenty that will. I don't want or need a union. I don't want anyone between me and my money. Except...
  31. All that theory sounds kind of lame, reading it...

    All that theory sounds kind of lame, reading it out of a book. Once you've seen it in action in the field, it becomes a lot more interesting. I can't count the times something I've seen in the...
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    Triple Evac Methods

    There is a debate going on at work. The subject is triple evacs. It's the new guy vs. the old hands.

    The old guys add nitrogen to 250 psi for a leak check, then release down to about 20 psi,...
  33. As long as I'm on my side of the river, I can get...

    As long as I'm on my side of the river, I can get around fine. As soon as I get a southside call, the gps comes out. I can still find my way home though!

    I actually know most of our regular...
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    I think it's time you tried a new mechanic.

    I think it's time you tried a new mechanic.
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    I LOVE my Milwaukee 18v Lithium Ion set. I've...

    I LOVE my Milwaukee 18v Lithium Ion set. I've got the hammer drill, impact driver, sawzall and flashlight kit. The only issue I've had is the Sawzall chuck. The first time I used this was cutting...
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    Are you using the same mechanic every time you...

    Are you using the same mechanic every time you have a problem?

    Are these trucks driven in city primarily?

    I've never heard of anything like this and I know a thing or two about Fords. I've...
  37. I don't know, but we've got one guy that...

    I don't know, but we've got one guy that apparently has it figured out. Any time he has to do something involving a roof, another tech gets sent to help. I HATE extension ladders, but I suck it up...
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    I like your idea for the rags. One of these days...

    I like your idea for the rags. One of these days I'll get around to getting a Veto and I'll be doing that. I'm a big guy, I can't keep enough towels around for wiping sweat.
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    It makes sense now why we couldn't come up with a...

    It makes sense now why we couldn't come up with a use for one. We do residential and very light commercial. I can't remember ever needing to use any of those materials, haha.
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    Not to totally hijack your thread, but what do...

    Not to totally hijack your thread, but what do y'all use these things for?

    I was working with our plumber the other day and we stopped at Ferguson and happened to look at these. Neither one of us...
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    It kinda kills me a little inside how right you...

    It kinda kills me a little inside how right you are.

    We were redoing some drain piping in a customer's basement ceiling and they kept running water through it, even after being reminded several...
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