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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...
  14. Thread: screwdrivers

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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.
  16. Thread: Vacuum setup

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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.
  21. Thread: screwdrivers

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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.
  25. Thread: Must-haves

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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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    No, I tried like hell to find a picture, and yes...

    No, I tried like hell to find a picture, and yes I tried google image search. I figured if I could find the image then I could find the name or brand of them. They're really nothing out of the...
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    Thanks AC5096, but it's not the double cuts. ...

    Thanks AC5096, but it's not the double cuts. They looked almost like someone stuck the tips of a regular pair of offset snips into a tight spot and twisted them, making the points cross.
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    Not trying to jack the thread, but got a quick...

    Not trying to jack the thread, but got a quick question for you folks;
    I've been looking for a certain type of snip, and I'm not even sure what kind it's called to even google. When working with a...
  29. Thread: Oxy/acetylene

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    Yeah, it's the portable I'm looking for. I guess...

    Yeah, it's the portable I'm looking for. I guess it would be an R tank, not a B. B is pretty big, and I think for acetylene, but not oxygen.


    That is a plus. I'll probably go with the Uniweld....
  30. Thread: Oxy/acetylene

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    Oxy/acetylene

    So I'm sure this has been covered somewhat before, but I tried a quick search and didn't find what I was looking for.

    I'm looking to buy an oxy/acetylene kit. Gonna buy it on company PO and just...
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    I see what you're saying. That is true, and...

    I see what you're saying. That is true, and usually if you set the correct superheat out of the evap then the compressor is good, too. Checking both would be the best way. If you're using just the...
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    But how do they actually get accurate A/C...

    But how do they actually get accurate A/C superheat readings from the gauge port?? Here in some of the Chicago high rises, the temp leaving the evap can be quite different than the temp at the...
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    I'll throw my 2 cents in here. I had 6 years as...

    I'll throw my 2 cents in here. I had 6 years as an aviation electronics technician in the Navy. When I got out, had no idea where to turn and worked for different low-wage services, fixing random...
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    Not trying to start a war here, but why get...

    Not trying to start a war here, but why get digital gauges? I know everyone has their preferences, but digital gauges seem like total overkill to me. I could buy a bag full of other quality tools...
  35. Thread: tool bookbag

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    I was gonna get one of the backpack-style tool...

    I was gonna get one of the backpack-style tool bags when I first started, but after working quite a bit with a guy that had one I decided against it. He had an older CLC, and although it had plenty...
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    Just registered

    Hello everyone, my name's John. I've been in the trade here in Chicago for about three years, got an A.A.S. degree in HVAC/R and actually just started my apprenticeship with the local 597...
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