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  1. #14
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    Have you considered painting them with aluminum paint ?

    Aluminum is much lighter that lead or steel. That's why I painted my trailer with aluminum paint - to make it easier for the truck to tow around.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SurreyStevo View Post
    At least once or twice a day I have to haul around my tools, a B-tank, a vacuum pump, a nitrogen tank, a reclaimer, a cylinder or two, gauges, cords etc..... Has anyone out there come up with some sort of modified hand kart or dolly to accommodate this kind of pay load? Sometimes I'm temped to cut corners or use the wrong tool for a certain job just to save a trip to the van.
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  2. #15
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    I have a dolly that converts to a four wheel cart. Two of the wheels a pneumatic and the back two are small plastic casters. I I am on rough ground I lift the cart a littile so the casters don't touch the ground. I also have a rope with a large hook on it and a small hole on the hook where anther string ties on. Pulling the string line inverts the hook and I can hook things from the ground and pull them up one item at a time. Problem arises if the bucket handle or drill case handle fall then I have to go back down the access ladder and set them upright to hook them. I do feel like a pack mule. I have also gone back to a small leather tool pouch that has bare minimum for trouble shooting. I am getting older and carrying 40 lbs of tools can get sore.
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  3. #16
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    my two wheel dolly folds to a four wheeler
    condos where i have to cart stuff from the no place to park area up to the rooftop ...
    i use straps
    not paid by the hour .. but I look at what I will have to do and propose the repair costs high enough to give me the incentive to do what I say
    Economy - Quality - Speed <---- pick two

  4. #17
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    I just wear a small tool pouch with about 8 tools, electrical tape and some black cable ties along with my clamp meter. More often than not, the problem is electrical anyway. I also carry a small pouch with wire nuts, solderless connectors and some popular fuses. Think of it as a little recon.

  5. #18
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    Maybe a little red wagon............

    Quote Originally Posted by hvac69 View Post
    I use a 4 wheeled utility cart or a hand truck. The hand trucks that convert to 4 wheel dollies are nice but heavy usually. The cart doesnt fit up most roof hatches but the hand truck does. The problem is getting it to the roof or across the especially when there are river rocks. Nothing likes rolling across them including my feet and knees. Big rubber air filled tires help. The designers and engineers that decide to use ships ladders for roof access need to be beat. Nothing like trying to carry stuff up them and no option to pull stuff up or lower with rope.

  6. #19
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    Or, it could just be the nature of the beast. As I age I really believe this game is a young mans sport. I think work should be a spectator sport. That's one of the reasons I'm thinking it's time for me to get out of it. Old knees.

  7. #20
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    Well I still get up and go to work most every day. Dang even yesterday & today. I have always said closed on Sat & Sun. Trouble is equipment just doesn't listen. Thing is I get older every day, beats the alternative though.

    Quote Originally Posted by crawdad55 View Post
    Or, it could just be the nature of the beast. As I age I really believe this game is a young mans sport. I think work should be a spectator sport. That's one of the reasons I'm thinking it's time for me to get out of it. Old knees.

  8. #21
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    Quote Originally Posted by SouthTex View Post
    The device you are looking for is called a helper, they normally are just out of trade school and don't stay long, they just don't build them like they used to.
    This is hilarious! Although I've had good luck with ours, they are working trying to earn a job so they do what they're told to do.

  9. #22
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    I usualy just go in with a 6in1, flashlight, small cresent wrench and a meter. It all fits in my pockets except my meter, and its almost allways enough to troubkeshoot. Then a 2nd trip for whatever parts or other tools I need. Sometimes bring gauges too if I suspect a refrigeration issue. Seems to work out alright for me. Commercial hvac/refrigeration

  10. #23
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    For big repairs which require a lot of things I bought a dolly that converts to a cart from grainger. It's really nice and does the trick for those long hauls across the roofs. Of course when you get all those solar panels up there it creates a challenge but hey . . . I'll put a part # up as soon as I decide to unass off the couch

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    Quote Originally Posted by coolerik View Post
    I usualy just go in with a 6in1, flashlight, small cresent wrench and a meter. It all fits in my pockets except my meter, and its almost allways enough to troubkeshoot. Then a 2nd trip for whatever parts or other tools I need. Sometimes bring gauges too if I suspect a refrigeration issue. Seems to work out alright for me. Commercial hvac/refrigeration
    Yea I used to do the same but got tired of sometimes having to make a second trip for something small. A co-worker gave me a little tool pouch which I love.

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  12. #25
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    Quote Originally Posted by Poodle Head Mikey View Post
    Aluminum is much lighter that lead or steel. That's why I painted my trailer with aluminum paint - to make it easier for the truck to tow around.

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    Will this work with my wife aswell.... lol, I hope she doesnt see this

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