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    Question Your Favorite HVAC Tool

    Hey guys, how you all doing?

    I'm currently enrolled in IvyTech School for my associates degree in HVAC.
    The question I had for everybody is what is YOUR favorite tool?
    Or what is a new tool that has been developed that you know of, that makes everybody's life easier?
    OR what tool or equipment do you know of that is just plain out interesting?

    Reason I ask is because we have a project to present to the class about a tool that we are aware of, that is great to use, and explain its basic functionality.

    It could be gauges, meters, leak detectors, schrader valve removers, I don't know pretty much anything.
    Hopefully you guys can help me with some ideas, thanks!

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    You can't go wrong with a close quarter Imp(tubing cutter). Also, a good set of fitting brushes and inspection mirror make life much easier. One more thing that I can't live without after I first discovered it is a good headlight. Its so nice to have both hands free and bright light on your task. I could go on and on but go basic. The LED headlight is vital. Sometimes its the simple things.

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    I would do imperials iManifold/iConnect. You'll blow their minds and there's plenty to talk about.

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    THANK YOU! This definitely blew my mind and I can't wait to present on this. Definitely the future.
    Thanks for the links as well

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    Good call

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    I second the heaglight.. but sure.. do the fancy imanifold

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    I would have to admit that the led head lamp is a wonderful thing to have . Most often when working in the crawl space of a yacht the headlamp is a godsend !

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    I say headlamp! Followed by smartphone flashlight for when head lamp goes dead. But seriously headlamp and the Schrader valve tool that let's you remove valves while the system is charged. Can't remember the name of it

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    Digital manometer, it has almost as many uses as a hammer.

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    Going off the beaten path a little bit.....

    When you're working in the field, you should have Steel Toe boots. I wear Red Wings because.....

    1)They are comfortable,

    2)They come in custom widths - I have a very narrow AA-width foot which makes it very hard to find a work boot that fits and...

    3)They LAST FOREVER. I've had three pairs of , and each has lasted 3+years before the sole started to wear out. Replace the sole insert every 6-12 months. You can actually just replace the sole after they wear out if the leather "upper" is still in good shape, which is about half the cost of buying a brand new pair.

    I always buy the classic 6" boot model #82406. It's just your regular-joe good old-fashioned work boot. But they have tons of different types/styles to match your specific preference/situation.

    Don't skimp on your work shoes! If your "dogs are barking" all day at work, you'll be miserable. This is true in any type of work but DOUBLY so in an industry like ours.

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    For low volt 24V shorts , the short pro tool is a good tool to have. When looking for a short on 40VA system this tool saves valuable time and can find the type of shorts you cant find with a 3 amp or 5 amp reset breaker . And if your working on a unfamiliar system it protects you even if you jump the wrong 24volt circuit.

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    One of my all time fav is the yellow jacket hose end that allows you to remove and change out a shrader valve without blowing the charge. Save me alot of time many times.

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