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    Leak Detectors... Thoughts...

    So I'm on site today with a co-worker doing some leakchecking with my Inficon D-Tek Select. When he sees me with the inficon he says "what the hell are you using that piece of crap for"!

    I little stunned, i said "I've never really had any problems with it and I can tell you, I've found some small ass leaks with that thing. The kind of leaks where you have to wait minutes for bubbles from the soap to form."

    Co-worker swears by the H-10, which I can't fault him for, excellent detector...

    Just looking for thoughts from you guys on the Inficons...

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    There's nothing wrong with your tester. There are those times when you're getting your butt handed to you that you might want to consider UV detecting.

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    The job is to find leaks. I don't care if you talk to the dead to find the leaks. I know a guy who swears by halide.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tcy612 View Post
    So I'm on site today with a co-worker doing some leakchecking with my Inficon D-Tek Select. When he sees me with the inficon he says "what the hell are you using that piece of crap for"!

    I little stunned, i said "I've never really had any problems with it and I can tell you, I've found some small ass leaks with that thing. The kind of leaks where you have to wait minutes for bubbles from the soap to form."

    Co-worker swears by the H-10, which I can't fault him for, excellent detector...

    Just looking for thoughts from you guys on the Inficons...
    You co-worker was right Infijunks are a "piece of crap", they alarm at anything wind,farts, BO, you name it but refrigerant leaks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by valdelocc View Post
    You co-worker was right Infijunks are a "piece of crap", they alarm at anything wind,farts, BO, you name it but refrigerant leaks.
    I have had surprisingly good luck with my D-Tect...the original one, but it's biggest down fall for me is that the wires are run up through the flexible wand and over time they break but it's not obvious. I just started used the new one with the sensor in the body (left behind by a previous coworker) and it is better than I thought it was. Honestly, I have never used it to sniff my arm pits not have I farted in it so I can not ascertain its benefits or detractions in those areas. Who really cares what you use? If you are finding leaks then you have the right one. I don't think there is a best one (although the H-10 is probably pretty close)....some swear by certain brands and others swear at them.

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    I look at leak detectors like I do volt meters. Do you know how to use it well? Do you trust it? Have you had any reason to doubt it? Are you comfortable with it?

    I have a dtek select and a tif zx a d have had very good luck.

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    I bought a tif xp-1a right out of school. I've never seen another one in the field, but it has made a lot of money. I like it over the inficon because it uses two "C" batteries. The biggest complaint on leak detectors that I hear is that the battery is always dead when you need them, or they don't hold a charge after a couple a years.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cjpwalker View Post
    ...The biggest complaint on leak detectors that I hear is that the battery is always dead when you need them...
    That too sucked, but over time, I learned to work with it.

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    I just take the battery out of my zx after I'm done using it. I got my dtek in August and it's been charged ever since. Now that I say that, next time I get it out it'll be dead.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jayguy View Post
    That too sucked, but over time, I learned to work with it.

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    never used anything but a d-tek and the trusty ol halide! Love the halide. never had an issue with my d-tec either, and all the other techs here also use the h-10.

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    Thanks for the input guys

    I had an inficon with the previous contractor for 4 years and only had to replace the batteries once.

    Been with my current contractor for 4 years, bought the one have now the first week I started. Again, only had to replace the batteries once...

    I should point out, EVERY time I'm working on machine, I give the machine a leak check (high side leak check for the LP machines). So I use it a lot...

    Only problems I've heard of is that the unit would go off picking up a whiff of anything, farts, N2, whatever...

    But... the people I've heard that from aren't actually "easy" on their tools...

    Anyone else want to chime in??

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    I've noticed that blu leak detector trends to upset mine sometimes........

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