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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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    One of the tools I have made are the 3 amp and 5 amp circuit breaker for the control boards. Nice to have when trouble shooting control line problems.
    I salvaged the circuit breakers from an old battery back up (UPS).
    I just solder leads with alligator clips to the ends and I ready to trouble shoot control line shorts.

    Good luck.

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    I welded up a tool to lift compressors out of units. Works good.
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    Quote Originally Posted by karsthuntr View Post
    I welded up a tool to lift compressors out of units. Works good.
    That sounds cool. Can you post a picture(s)
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    Quote Originally Posted by mike400 View Post
    One of the tools I have made are the 3 amp and 5 amp circuit breaker for the control boards. Nice to have when trouble shooting control line problems.
    I salvaged the circuit breakers from an old battery back up (UPS).
    I just solder leads with alligator clips to the ends and I ready to trouble shoot control line shorts.

    Good luck.
    I use one out of a G26 lennox. I agree, much better than popping a bunch of fuses.
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