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    TRICKS OF THE TRADE

    just curious what your best "trick of the trade" is? I thought it would be interesting to see what some of you guys had to share. i.e.refering to the suction line, "if its sweaty its ready". that one always amuses me although i would never use that as a diagnostic tool. a more realistic trick would be when i squirt silicone into a lineset hole i spray a little soap bubbles on it. it smooths out real nice and doesnt look like a 2nd grader filled the hole. i use a piece of tstat wire on my b-tank to keep my tank wrench handy so im not searching for it. for fishing tstat wire down a tiny hole i keep @ 15 feet of chain in my bag. its the same kind that banks use to stop you from stealing there pens. just wiggle it up and down and it usually finds its way through that tiny little hole pretty quick, no cursing needed. switching 2 legs on a seized 3 phase compressor to free it up. nothing earth shaking but every little tip helps imo.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jesjen829 View Post
    just curious what your best "trick of the trade" is? I thought it would be interesting to see what some of you guys had to share. i.e.refering to the suction line, "if its sweaty its ready". that one always amuses me although i would never use that as a diagnostic tool. a more realistic trick would be when i squirt silicone into a lineset hole i spray a little soap bubbles on it. it smooths out real nice and doesnt look like a 2nd grader filled the hole. i use a piece of tstat wire on my b-tank to keep my tank wrench handy so im not searching for it. for fishing tstat wire down a tiny hole i keep @ 15 feet of chain in my bag. its the same kind that banks use to stop you from stealing there pens. just wiggle it up and down and it usually finds its way through that tiny little hole pretty quick, no cursing needed. switching 2 legs on a seized 3 phase compressor to free it up. nothing earth shaking but every little tip helps imo.
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    Quote Originally Posted by timebuilder View Post
    We have a forum for that.

    You have 42 posts. Get you app in for pro status so you can join us in areas that non-pros cannot visit.
    Although I would say that this thread should be titled differently, I disagree about where the premise of this discussion belongs. I wouldn't classify all tech's as being true professionals. Information discussed in tech to tech could very well may help a tech evolve into a full fledged professional of this trade. I see no real difference in the OP's topic and that of the run of the mill "what do you carry in your tool bag" threads found in this section.

    Title suggestion: What Unconventional "Tools" Do You Use?


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    Quote Originally Posted by HVAC/R-Wizard View Post
    Although I would say that this thread should be titled differently, I disagree about where the premise of this discussion belongs. I wouldn't classify all tech's as being true professionals. Information discussed in tech to tech could very well may help a tech evolve into a full fledged professional of this trade. I see no real difference in the OP's topic and that of the run of the mill "what do you carry in your tool bag" threads found in this section.

    Title suggestion: What Unconventional "Tools" Do You Use?


    Yay! One more post completed! I'm headed in the direction of becoming a professional!
    When you run the place you'll have a say as to what belongs where.

    Posts made for the sake of making a post don't count toward your minimum. You're also bucking heads with a site official, so you probably lost ground on that one. OTOH, in your favor, I'm not sure they have the manpower to pay strict attention to their own rules, so it'll probably go unnoticed.

    Just to clarify: When there's a closed forum called "Tips 'n Tricks of the Trade", consistency dictates that this is not a valid topic in an open forum. FWIW.

    BTW, welcome to the site. This forum is the "proving area". Look around the site, read the rules, and get a feel for how it operates. It isn't perfect, but it's the best game in town. See you on the "pros" side.

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