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    Tools for HVAC first job

    Have an interview coming up and hoping I land it(apprentice) My question is what does a company usually supply? I already have the majority of all my hand tools, just wondering if most companies will have me using gauges and multimeters right off the bat, that I need to get my own before I start. I do plan on getting my own gauges and meter just can't afford it right now working part time and going to school. If they do I guess could borrow some money from someone and pay them back, just rather not. Thanks.

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    Companies usually supply recovery machines and possibly vacuum pumps. Some may supply torches. The rest is up to you.
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    Dont worry about it. Dont take offense to this but coming out of school you dont know enough to work on a customers piece of equipment alone, and we don't expect you too.. The best thing you can do is show up 15 mins early to work and be ready to work.. LISTEN to what the boss/ mechanic is telling you, then do... If you dont understand ask.

    Really someone just starting out thats all I expect. Have basic hand tool (drills, Wrenches, Screwdriver, Pliers etc.) Then as time goes on buy a tool a week or so.. Maybe your boss will give you a little tool account and take say $25.00 out of your check a week to pay him back.. That happens a lot around here..


    One other word of advise. Be HONEST on that interview. If for some reason you actually blow smoke and he doesnt realize, he will in a week after working with you..

    Good luck.
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    I'd reccomend getting a meter and guages. Don't buy cheap tools because they don't work as well and don't last as long. Fieldpiece makes good affordable meters as does uei. Guages (analogue= yellow jacket digital=digicool ak900). Klein, Malco, knipex, channelock, rothenberger, Lennox, vaco, ridgid, etc.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jtrammel View Post
    I'd reccomend getting a meter and guages. Don't buy cheap tools because they don't work as well and don't last as long. Fieldpiece makes good affordable meters as does uei. Guages (analogue= yellow jacket digital=digicool ak900). Klein, Malco, knipex, channelock, rothenberger, Lennox, vaco, ridgid, etc.
    Manifolds are cheap. They rape you on the hoses.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 2sac View Post
    Manifolds are cheap. They rape you on the hoses.
    X2

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    Thanks for the info guys. The employer called me 2weeks ago and talked with me for about 30mins and told me at the beginning of the call to be HONEST, which I was. I have only been in school for less than a year(4 basic classes) and told him all this. He said he did not expect me to know everything and that they would probably have to re-teach me things their way. He told me to call when I finished up with school and we would meet and talk. He even sent an email after the initial call saying how much enjoyed talking with me. So fingers crossed!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ctuck View Post
    Thanks for the info guys. The employer called me 2weeks ago and talked with me for about 30mins and told me at the beginning of the call to be HONEST, which I was. I have only been in school for less than a year(4 basic classes) and told him all this. He said he did not expect me to know everything and that they would probably have to re-teach me things their way. He told me to call when I finished up with school and we would meet and talk. He even sent an email after the initial call saying how much enjoyed talking with me. So fingers crossed!

    Wow. Im impressed with the sounds of your possible employer. Sounds like a good opportunity. Lets us know how you make out.
    Gotta have the right tool for the job!

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    Quote Originally Posted by 2sac View Post
    Manifolds are cheap. They rape you on the hoses.
    x3

    I'm going to tell you what I told my students. Everyone wants the most awesome gauges but here's the thing. Let's say you're on a compressor replacement and the tech you're working with has been told to leave a pressure test on overnight. It so happens you used your gauges for that job and tomorrow another team is going back to finish the job. Now your gauges are banging around in someone else's truck. Good thing you got the hot sh8t gauges, right? Spend your money on a meter, it will save your life. I recommend Fieldpiece.
    Every customer you take for granted today will be someone else's tomorrow.

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    I wouldn't leave my guages hooked up on a system overnight. I'd be worried they wouldn't be there the next day, even if they were a cheap set you're looking at 100-200 bucks with hoses. I have a 6" hose with analogue guage on it that I have left on for overnight pressure testing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jtrammel View Post
    I wouldn't leave my guages hooked up on a system overnight. I'd be worried they wouldn't be there the next day, even if they were a cheap set you're looking at 100-200 bucks with hoses. I have a 6" hose with analogue guage on it that I have left on for overnight pressure testing.
    I agree but it's more feasible that you may have to leave a set of gauges on a unit overnight versus leaving a meter. Plus a meter will save you from injury by alerting you to a unit being electrified.
    Every customer you take for granted today will be someone else's tomorrow.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pascone10 View Post
    The best thing you can do is show up 15 mins early to work and be ready to work.. .
    And leave that damn cell phone OFF

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    I just bought some YJ ball valve hoses today. I was wondering why I felt so Dirty now

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