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    New Accutools Core Removal Tools

    I've been having trouble with crt's lately and thought I'd try the new Accutools crt's and see if they were any good. I've seen a few videos on them that looked promising.
    First impressions are...
  2. Questions about Test new smart probes

    I use the FP probes daily and was looking at the Testo probes that now have more range and was curious about the app.
    Does the testo app give evaporator delta t and TEET like the FP app does?
  3. You guys have voiced what Iíve always thought,...

    You guys have voiced what Iíve always thought, but I wanted to see if I was missing something. I think Iíll just stay away from it.
  4. Tell me about flourescent leak detection dye

    I've never tried EZJect dye, but am thinking of trying it on a leaky system that is giving us fits. Any info and guidance would be greatly appreciated.
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    Iíve used every meter known to man it seems like...

    Iíve used every meter known to man it seems like and being in a family of electricians helped a lot, but I use FP meters almost exclusively. The 440 is the best theyíve ever made. I have a Amprobe...
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    Yeah, youíre reading my mind. I had a 380 for a...

    Yeah, youíre reading my mind. I had a 380 for a while and liked it, then sold it to a friend. Iím wanting a manifold again for charging. I just was thinking of possibilities.
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    Testo 550i Smart Kit

    Anyone tried the new Testo probes for distance? I'm wanting a manifold and the 550i looks like exactly what i'm looking for, but I'd have to switch to the probes made by testo also, and I've not used...
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    I use YJ benders and they work pretty good, 3/4...

    I use YJ benders and they work pretty good, 3/4 and 7/8 sometimes have a slight ripple inside of the bend, but I can't imagine it would make any difference in performance.
    As to the Hilmor swage...
  9. Oh no, I use mostly regular screwdrivers. I just...

    Oh no, I use mostly regular screwdrivers. I just wonder about metal all the way thru the handle around electrical jobs.
  10. Not to hijack this thread, but is it me or what....

    Not to hijack this thread, but is it me or what. Someone mentioned demolition screwdrivers, and I donít like them for HVAC work. I just think someone will grab one and touch a live screw or slip off...
  11. Iíve been using the same appions for several...

    Iíve been using the same appions for several years and have the same rebuild kit that came with them. If I get a chance Iíll measure the o rings. Even at appion cost theyíre reasonable for my long...
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    Thatís a good point. Iím pretty sure mine is...

    Thatís a good point. Iím pretty sure mine is compensated, as Iíve used it on walking along with thermistors and got the same readings. We used compensates Omegas and Fluke at work and ambient ranged...
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    In another life, I worked a lot of years...

    In another life, I worked a lot of years developing plastics in R&D for US largest plastics manufacturer. We used an awful lot of K type tcís with no troubles. Kept calibrated, they are durable and...
  14. Both JL and MQ have all the probe info so tightly...

    Both JL and MQ have all the probe info so tightly integrated they work great. It would be kind of stepping backward with the Testo it sounds like to me.
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    Thanks, done deal!

    Thanks, done deal!
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    Fieldpiece SDMN5 manometer

    I have an extra manometer for sale, works and looks perfect, it is a backup that I rarely used. Comes with petots and hose.
    $75 buyer pays shipping....
  17. I got disgusted with the JL app and used MQ...

    I got disgusted with the JL app and used MQ almost exclusively. But the first ac units I serviced I used JL on them and no problems whatsoever on my iPhone or my Samsung tablet.
  18. Iíve used the FP probes since the day they...

    Iíve used the FP probes since the day they released them. Theyíve got the app pretty well squared away now, and all is good in that world.
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    Just an update, bought an iphone 12 pro, and...

    Just an update, bought an iphone 12 pro, and updated to IOS 14.4.2 and it works great. I got over 150 feet thru a whole house and other obstacles in the neighborhood and got good connection. When I...
  20. Anyone tried the new Testo 550S digital manifold?

    Looks interesting but I can't see where it uses psychrometers. If not, they're playing catch up to others.
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    I have a 51NAV, which is the same meter less the...

    I have a 51NAV, which is the same meter less the DC amps. I love it, it's fast, accurate and easy to navigate. It will easily and quickly measure .1 amp through the clamp no problem, maybe lower I...
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    Well, my Samsung phone worked pretty well, I just...

    Well, my Samsung phone worked pretty well, I just took over my wifes old iphone to give it a try and so far, it's ok. If there are no connection issues with MQ, I'll probably keep it, If there are...
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    Yeah, I just need to wrap my head around using MQ...

    Yeah, I just need to wrap my head around using MQ all the time. I just use JL when I need a quick reading or a single reading, and usually regret it. Itís just hard to imagine all the connection...
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    Iphone users with Fieldpiece Joblink

    I recently switched from Android to Apple and am using an iphone XR with Joblink and noticed some weird behavior. One is the distance drop from Android, but it may have been the building, I'll have...
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    Just one man's opinion. I ditched all my...

    Just one man's opinion. I ditched all my manifolds a year or more ago. My thinking was I'd see how it goes and if need be buy another manifold. Well, never had an issue yet, and I don't anticipate...
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    I go back and forth on this. Sometimes I just use...

    I go back and forth on this. Sometimes I just use two core tools and leave the Blubac on the system til I get some decent positive pressure and other times I'll put a third core tool on the Bluvac....
  27. I was at Lowe's and saw they had the new...

    I was at Lowe's and saw they had the new Southwire screwdrivers with the straighter plastic handle. The slotted blade driver was absolute junk, too thick, chromed so it was so slick, it wouldn't stay...
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    After I learned not to tighten the Appions too...

    After I learned not to tighten the Appions too tight, I've not had a single problem with them. I also have an older C&D and I gotta say it holds vacuum as good as the Appions I have. I've not used...
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    The bag uses heavy duty nylon, but is not heavy...

    The bag uses heavy duty nylon, but is not heavy to carry. I have mine packed out to the max and it is much easier to carry than anything I've ever had. I used to complain that tool bags seemed to be...
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    Crescent bag is really heavy weight nylon. I've...

    Crescent bag is really heavy weight nylon. I've only had it a couple months, but so far it's done fine. I know from experience with other bags it'll hold up as good as a Veto. It sits upright with no...
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    I used to carry the FP backpack and I didn't like...

    I used to carry the FP backpack and I didn't like the plastic tool holder with the holes in it. That's a terrible design. I took the little bag the FP probe set came in and took out the plastic tool...
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    None at all, works great without the web. The...

    None at all, works great without the web. The nylon is heavy enough to stay straight it just opens wider without the hinge.
  33. I was going to say the same thing, but didn't...

    I was going to say the same thing, but didn't want to hijack the thread. I mean are they better than the Appion? I've had my G5 Twin for over six years and never done a thing to it, and it's still...
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    I did show her the temp was correct. She was...

    I did show her the temp was correct. She was stuck on the idea that if a thermostat always showed the same temp it must be broken/stuck. I cranked it up and....you guessed it, the house got warmer. I...
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    I agree with the premise, but, as I said, I've...

    I agree with the premise, but, as I said, I've read somewhere the failure rate and it was mighty low. I was thinking probably not enough data to support a conclusion.
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    Anyone need a good laugh today?

    Went on a call Friday, furnace not working. I'm thinking, no heat. Right? I get to the house, walk in the base ment, give the furnace the once over, filter is clean, 120V, & 24V. Go upstairs, house...
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    My guess would be that there are few failures and...

    My guess would be that there are few failures and there is no "common" failure.
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    Sorry, didn't see this post til now. No, my 480...

    Sorry, didn't see this post til now. No, my 480 thermocouple was tight but no other problems and it will loosen up when you use it some. I'd contact FP and ask about it not going all the way in,...
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    Never thought of it that way. I guess you're...

    Never thought of it that way. I guess you're right :(
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    There are very few tools you can say, this or...

    There are very few tools you can say, this or that one is the best, because there's a lot of good tools to buy, and personal preference plays a big role in the decision. I can only relate my own...
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    I usually am disgusted that we get technology...

    I usually am disgusted that we get technology "piece mealed" out to us, with each incarnation of a tool offering more features that should have been in the original tool. I know it's the state of...
  42. Somebody mentioned using a Rigid driver instead...

    Somebody mentioned using a Rigid driver instead of a screwdriver most of the time, and I do that a lot too. I carry a Makita 12V subcompact drill and impact driver in the truck. In my bag, is a...
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    New meter unexpectedly good

    Since we've been talking meters a lot lately,
    One of the local students was out with me today and he had a meter I hadn't heard of or seen. Apparently Lowe's is ditching Southwire and stocking...
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    It has to do with the the number of molecules in...

    It has to do with the the number of molecules in such a small space allowing thermal conductivity. Look up Piriani vacuum gauge. Pirani gauges work by thermal conductivity comparison of a wheatstone...
  45. I've made a mistake or two in my lifetime. I...

    I've made a mistake or two in my lifetime. I would/did recover it and recharge properly, it makes me feel better about it. Do I think it would hurt, probably not, but I just try to do it as...
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    I agree completely, some jobs you just have to...

    I agree completely, some jobs you just have to walk away. It happens now and then, that someone just doesn't want to spend a couple hundred more to replace a unit (when it really needs to happen) and...
  47. Screwdrivers are one thing that's hard to live...

    Screwdrivers are one thing that's hard to live with for me. For insulated I use either Klein or Lenox. I actually like the lenox best, light, slim and very tough. Regular screwdrivers, I mostly use...
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    Have you seen the companion product, the supco...

    Have you seen the companion product, the supco motor shaft cleaner? For $60, I'll use sandpaper for whatever.

    ...
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    I change out a lot of tools but I also take...

    I change out a lot of tools but I also take pretty good care of them too. I have a bag in the truck that I use when I know I'm going to get soaked or whatever. It has just the essentials of which...
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    Here's another bag I've used and even though it's...

    Here's another bag I've used and even though it's built well, and has no damage whatsoever, from day one, it would not stand up on it's own with tools in it, unless you weighted down the center...
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