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  1. #1
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    Fin tool

    What is every one using to straighten bent fins, what works best besides a new coil?

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    Pocket screwdriver or a knife blade. Those plastic combs just break after a few runs and those metal brushes are good for nothin.

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    I've had good luck with a yellow jacket finfix set, although I don't work on very large equipment, so never had too large of a coil to fix

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    Cool

    Quote Originally Posted by danbb View Post
    I've had good luck with a yellow jacket finfix set, although I don't work on very large equipment, so never had too large of a coil to fix
    a fin comb and patience.

    and suggest not using the condenser to bounce a baseball or hockey puck against. OR if you are really good, suggest moving the condenser unit out of harms way!

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    I've used the metal one to brush across units that have been almost completely flattened.....no way you're gonna get even spacing again, so i go with the "something is better than nothing" approach. it also works well for scraping REALLY caked evaps.!!LOL!

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    I do a ton of hail damage repair or just because I am waiting on a vacuum. For the most part it is carriers that seem to be a magnet for hail damage. I use supco FC1617 combs. I keep about twenty on the truck. They work good even on heavy damage if you don't get greedy. A decent sized carrier can be straightened out surprisingly well in about 15 min. Of course always always keep a pocket screwdriver for that fin that always folds and wraps over the next. Fresh combs take patience but once the teeth get a little rounded you can fly through it.

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    After watching the factory guys use fin combs, it helps to use a light lubricant to make the comb slide on the aluminum easier. Just have to make sure and clean it after your done. I have used soap bubbles, diluted dish detergent, wd40 and such it helps the process tremendously.
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    I use supco supercomb. $4 @ Johnstone. Works pretty good after comb is broken in.

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