Aside from all the obvious stuff already mentioned, I ALWAYS keep 2 pairs (1 med set 1 large set) of those Irwin quick Clamps in the van. I usually work solo and those things are like having another set of hands. Bailed me out many times.
This morning we should all get a piece of heavy card type paper and a sharpie and make a little sign.
Write on the card "TAKE IT TO THE NEXT LEVEL".... and tape this thing somewhere in your truck where you will see it everyday.
Maybe even make a couple for the truck and put one on the dash and one on the door of the truck where you grab your tools......and maybe even make a few for the house so that you and the family will see them everyday.
You are the most important tool in your van or truck....or your life...... and we should always be spending a little time each day trying to improve ourselves...... our knowledge....our attitude and the way we interact with others.
So easy to just get stuck in a rut.....especially when dealing with a holes each day who seem to just throw up roadblocks in your way..... or even when your own mind gets complacent with the way things are going.....at work and at home.
Most folks on this site already strive to do their best..... we wouldnt come here unless we were wanting to learn..... but we need to make that desire stronger in our lives.......and take it over to our personal lives too....
Be the best we can be in all aspects of our lives....... Strive to improve something about ourselves every stinking day.....
Take it to the next level.
I got that "take it to the next level from Fritz on you tube...... folks can say some negative things about him...... but one thing he does... and you can see it in his videos....... is he is constantly trying to improve himself...... at least in regards to hvac.....and cooking on the char griller.
Ive had a lot of "mental" issues lately...... and it all stems from people who just wont do anything to pick themselves up and do something to help themselves..... these folks have not given up........ their problem is that they are just too damn lazy to even have tried to help or improve themselves.
We all cannot be super geniuses or have perfectly fine and smooth running lives... but if we seek everyday to try and improve some aspect of our lives......to try and take it to the next level each day....... we will at least feel better about ourselves and in our journey we can make a difference in our lives and the lives around us.
Im going to make my signs this morning...... gonna put one on the mower cause lately Ive just been flying through the grass just to get it cut..... and I shouldnt be.....cause I used to take very nice care of the lawn and it showed....... now it seems like I have let things overwhelm me and am letting things like the lawn care....which I once enjoyed...... just go by the wayside and have reduced it to just another job that has to get done.....
And that has rolled over to other aspects in my life.......and I think that by making these little signs and getting that "taking it to the next level" attitude foremost in my thoughts.......I can gain control back over my mind and my life....
and you guys can do it too.
Coming up with a new signature..... Aint nobody got time for that.
Multimeter with temperature probes, regular gauges, r410 gauges, klein insulated flat head, klein linemans, allen wrench set, 5/16ths nut driver, schraeder core tool, port a torch outfit with brazing tip, 15% silphos rods, RIDGID tubing cutter, sandcloth, pipe deburring tool, flaring kit, recovery machine, recovery tank, 2 stage rotary vane vacuum pump, virgin r410a cylinder, 2 crescent wrenches, tiny 4-in-1 screwdriver, nitrogen with regulator, assorted wire nuts, portable light, 100' extension cord, bubble solution for leak finding.
and here's the funny fake list:
Broken nitrogen regulator (knowing the pressure is for squares)
broken acetylene regulator (being sure of being below 15 psi is for squares)
a32 tip (I just melt the 3/8 copper together)
r410a that I get from my buddy with a license (instead of using a vacuum pump I just blow this through the lines for a few minutes)
MAPP gas (because I moonlight as a plumber too)
Channel locks (i squeeze the pipes together before I solder them)
wet rags and a cup (only one way to hide the venting of refrigerant, I only do it SOMETIMES when the other guy isn't looking!)
worksite radio (great for playing my s****y offensive music for all the ladies to hear)
leak lock (I dump it into my schraeders when they're leaking)
Clear Silicone (best way to seal up a lineset in a roof opening, guaranteed).
Flare to sweat adapters (never learned to flare, so I don't care)
Type M copper tubing from home depot (it's cheaper)
and it all fits in the back of my 1995 toyota previa