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    I have no doubt that the components inside are...

    I have no doubt that the components inside are foreign. Just about any electronic component has been made overseas for years now. Probably can't source a lot of these semiconductors in the states...
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    I've had a Bacharach Informant II for a few...

    I've had a Bacharach Informant II for a few months now, have used it several times (for refrigerant only, no experience with the natural gas setting). So far I've got nothing but good things to say...
  3. Thread: Workboots

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    I had a pair of Thorogood oxford shoes that were...

    I had a pair of Thorogood oxford shoes that were pretty comfy. Made in the U.S.A., pretty well made, but didn't knock my socks off or anything. Never tried their boots.

    All the things I've heard...
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    Definitely look at the battery. I used my HS36...

    Definitely look at the battery. I used my HS36 for like four years and then started getting funky voltage readings. I tried a couple batteries I had and nothing changed until I put a BRAND NEW one...
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    Just got my Pro membership

    Just wanted to say thanks guys! So far this site has been great, and I truly look forward to trading info in the future and keeping our trade alive and well.
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    I'm in this year's apprenticeship class for 597,...

    I'm in this year's apprenticeship class for 597, but for HVAC/R. We started with like 35 guys, took around 7 more off the list, and now have the biggest class ever for the HVAC/R side. Negotiated...
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    I hate to turn this into a digital gauge thread,...

    I hate to turn this into a digital gauge thread, but has this same test been done with digital gauges? And also, was the jug of 410 kept at the exact same temperature with no loss of refrigerant the...
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    Perhaps "trend" was poor language on my part, but...

    Perhaps "trend" was poor language on my part, but personally the digis don't interest me yet. Maybe sometime in the future, but for now, the price is not on par with what I need out of my gauges. I...
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    A guy I work with has these JB gauges. He really...

    A guy I work with has these JB gauges. He really likes them, and has talked with the engineers at JB (they're local, just over in Aurora), and said they're real cool guys. I got a chance to use...
  10. Thread: screwdrivers

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    Mark, every word you said is exactly how I feel. ...

    Mark, every word you said is exactly how I feel. Especially the part about losing tools -- I'm OCD about not losing/misusing my tools, although they do get pretty dirty and broken in. The design of...
  11. Thread: Vacuum setup

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    Lots of good ideas with this thread, and lots of...

    Lots of good ideas with this thread, and lots of things I'd like to try. To be honest, I usually just evacuate right through my gauges and right through the cores though, just because I'm in a hurry...
  12. Thread: screwdrivers

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    I'm kind of psyched about buying a set now. ...

    I'm kind of psyched about buying a set now. Seems like a tool that I'd use all the time once I had it. I would have to get the ergo grip on them -- seems to make a huge difference with the cobras,...
  13. Thread: screwdrivers

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    Oh, I just meant that a regular adjustable can be...

    Oh, I just meant that a regular adjustable can be thumbed down tight against a nut, whereas these adjust more like channel locks. I guess I just wondered if the fact that closing with your hand...
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    I've been interested in those. Lots of people...

    I've been interested in those. Lots of people rave about those in reviews. Do you find that you run into a lot of in between sizes where it doesn't grip tight enough? That's my only concern with...
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    I see -- was confused with what you were saying...

    I see -- was confused with what you were saying for a second. We're on the same page. That's a lot of adapters. The less connections and restrictions the better.
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    Most core tools have an auxiliary vacuum port,...

    Most core tools have an auxiliary vacuum port, that you can also pull the core from, seal off, and then return the system core when done evacuating. I don't know about all the fittings that he's...
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    Check out a nearby Johnstone Supply. I know the...

    Check out a nearby Johnstone Supply. I know the ones here in Chicago are having killer sales on a lot of stuff right now, the digital Fieldpiece manifolds in particular. Might behoove you to check...
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    Haha, funny. I just posted this reply on an...

    Haha, funny. I just posted this reply on an HS-35 thread:
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    I personally love the Fieldpiece stuff. Bought...

    I personally love the Fieldpiece stuff. Bought an HS-36 five years ago and it's paid for itself countless times already. Take advantage of using the meter leads to extend your amp clamp and take...
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    looks good to me, but who knows. You could add a...

    looks good to me, but who knows. You could add a fancy micron gauge if you want. Or also use a core extractor tool to pull the vac with no schrader core and then reinsert it after evacuation.
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    Not to split hairs here, but you're reinforcing...

    Not to split hairs here, but you're reinforcing my point. A Klein tool from 5 to 15 years ago probably is a better tool than a Klein in the package out at the supply house now. And that Klein in...
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    I have to say that I'm getting more and more...

    I have to say that I'm getting more and more disappointed with Klien. The thing I liked more than the quality was the fact that almost all Klein tools were made in the U.S.A. Like they tell us at...
  23. Thread: Must-haves

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    Looks very useful and much quicker and easier...

    Looks very useful and much quicker and easier than than a puller.
  24. Thread: Must-haves

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    Haha, very true. Keeping a clear head and not...

    Haha, very true. Keeping a clear head and not doing anything stupid is indeed a must have tool.
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    Must-haves

    The tool section of this site seems to get a lot of traffic, and every time I work with people, they have at least one tool that they swear by. Tools really do make the job, so I thought I'd start a...
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