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    Home made tools

    I was just looking to see what homemade tools that you guys have been made. i am trying to advance my tool set with out breaking the bank.

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    Twilli made own furnace from Lennox Pulse and Amana Energy Command
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    I have some old screwdrivers that I turned into chisels.

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    I can't post the picture right now but here's what you're realy gonna like if you use your flash light a lot..

    I use good flash lights..High lumens..
    Sears sell magnets for drop lights..I cut the gripps off of the magnet and using the holes of the magnet housing I tie the magnet to the flash light with a hard copper wire.
    Since I made it I stopped carrying my drop light.

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    i really haven't had to make any tools for this trade.

    when i was an auto mechanic (technician, whatever) i had to make something almost once a week whether i was bending a wrench, or grinding it to make it thinner width wise, or welding an extension to it.

    also made some pretty interesting sockets and pry bars
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    if you get into chiller work you will make alot of tools for your self and you make as needed.

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    Haven't made many tools. Those I have tried to make have been failure. I'm not a machinist.

    I have successfully modified many tools to fit the task better (IMO). From gauge manifolds to sockets, I'm never quite satisfied with the store-bought version.

    If you are trying to build a quality tool set, you will find nothing more expensive than cheap tools. Buy a better brand, Craftsman, Ridgid, Proto, Snap-On, S&K.

    If you work with them every day as we do, you will come to appreciate the reliability and function of good tools.

    If you need a lot of tools in a hurry and on the cheap, check out Harbor Freight. It's all made in China, but they are tools.

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    I have made a few things out of other tools/parts.I have made several short finders out of the Carrier low voltage breakers that I made about 10 years ago that are still in my service bag.I also have modified test leads to do certain things.
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    Usually the only tools I make are pry bars out of leaf springs. You'd be amazed how often you use them and what you use them for. Other than that, some seamers from lineman's pliers and stainless stock. Most all of my vice grips have eye bolts welded to the ends. Nice to stick a screwdriver or a pin in there and crank down on it when needed. Instant vice.
    Jim

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    Smile homemade tools

    While working on Trane roof top units i made a test box using resisters and a project box. I think Trane actually has a test box they offer their techs. Does anyone know? It is a handy thing to have. Being able to test each mode can make troubleshooting easier.

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    Quote Originally Posted by aikenite View Post
    While working on Trane roof top units i made a test box using resisters and a project box. I think Trane actually has a test box they offer their techs. Does anyone know? It is a handy thing to have. Being able to test each mode can make troubleshooting easier.
    I think I have a potentiometer for that somewhere in my truck.

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    Quote Originally Posted by aikenite View Post
    While working on Trane roof top units i made a test box using resisters and a project box. I think Trane actually has a test box they offer their techs. Does anyone know? It is a handy thing to have. Being able to test each mode can make troubleshooting easier.
    I work for Trane and just made one myself. Radio shack project box, aligator clips, resistors and an ebay 10 position rotary switch.

    Trane parts may sell one though I've never seen one. If they do it would certainly be available for anyone to purchase.



    I've also made a rack for my turbo torch that holds the hose, a striker and has a tube to hold brazing rod. Kinda protects the regulator as well.

    A tool to lift compressors via the lifting tab on them. (Copied one they sell comercially)

    A cart with wheels for my small oxy accetlyne set. Sized for a B tank and a 60 cuft oxygen tank.

    A box for testing package equipment(Thermosat simulator) Hook it to the thermostat terminals and flip switches monted in a box.

    Gasket scraper

    135ohm potentiometer in a box with leads.

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    Smile wondering?

    I had thought about using a rotary switch myself. I also made a box with leads and switches to run a unit remotely. What do you use the potentiometer for?I also made a box for a mapp gas torch and fittings.Sounds like you've made some neat stuff.

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