Markers - Which do you like?
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    Question Markers - Which do you like?

    I don't know what is going on with the Sharpie Company, but I have noticed that everything I mark with their "Permanent" products is seriously fading in the sun after about 2 weeks. I was wondering what the other techs use that does not fade in the sun. Lumber Crayon? Thick Pencil?

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    pocket screw driver

    cordless engraver

    pencil last longer than most markers
    It`s better to be silent and thought the fool; than speak and remove all doubt.

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    Super metal grip blue paint marker at United.

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    I use Elmer's Paint Pens...find them in WallyWorld in the craft section...
    (The wise men of modern thought) adore a god made of putty or of wax - plastic, effeminate, molluscous, with no masculine faculty about him, and no quality that entitles him to the respect of just and honest men, for a being who cannot be angry at wrongdoing is destitute of one of the essential virtues, and a moral Ruler who is not angry with the wicked, and who refuses to punish crime, is not divine. ---Spurgeon

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    I've used Markal paint pens for many years. Typically, when exposed to bright sun, the marker paint will last longer than the paint on the unit or compressor.

    http://www.markal.com/prod/143/valve...t-markers.aspx

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    Write on the inside of the panels....

    I've been seeing more and more units with a spraypainted stencil on them. I think it looks like CRAP. Runny and drippy. Looks like a child did it.

    The one method for identifying units that I do like is the engraved plastic plates that are then screwed or, preferrably riveted to the unit.

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    I used to use yellow tire marking grease pencil, lasts a long time and are cheap.

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    Thanks!

    Thanks all, I am ready to kick Sharpie to the curb.

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    Used to use automotive touch up pens liked you'd use on a stone chip on your car. Got a label printer now, surprisingly cheap, great for labeling the aditional charge on mini split installs.

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    I've started using a paint pen I got from Staples. save the marker for inside the unit to mark install dates for parts, or mark parts being returned for wrranty.

    I picked "berry" because no one was likely to also have that color. Was at a job and couldn't find my pen. coworker had it in his pocket? No, he picked out the same color randomly as well.
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    Like others, I use pait pens for outdoor use. Usually I buy them a Big Lots since they are much cheaper there than at WalMart or craft stores. Black and silver are the colors I have in my pocket. The black for sheetmetal and the silver for belts. They last longer than the Sharpie variety too.

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    Paint pens

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