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  1. #61
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    i will say my adjustable a frame 22' ladder. i do a ton of commercial work so it is used quite often. lots of different height drop ceilings also..i only need this one to do it all not 2-4 different ones..
    i put on on my 800-1000lb rated adjustable handtruck to roll it around..milwaukee used to make it...there is no damn way im lugging compressors and all recovery equipment through buildings..to get to the roof..
    https://www.wernerco.com/us/products...MTSeries/MT-22
    https://www.harborfreight.com/4-in-1...uck-70027.html

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    A trusty Digital pocket themometer that actully fits in your pocket. A LED Mini Mag Light ( always attached to your belt) . Feildpeice SMAN 460 manifold make charging a breeze, and feildpeice JL3 Job Link Charge and Air Kit make troubleshooting so easy since you can see everything going on in a system . also my 18 volt cordless drill( because who is really going to take out 30 5/ 16 screws with a nutdriver?)

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    Torque wrench on line set flare nuts and service valve caps.

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    That make me remember that my young son saw me at the dinner table one day and was talking to someone else there - telling a story or something. I overheard him say: "popeye arms" and said:
    What are popeye arms?
    Everyone laughed and said: You know what Popeye looks like - he has those really huge forearms.
    Sure but so what? Who has 'popeye arms' in real life?
    (a chorus You do!
    No I don't - my arms are pretty regular.
    No they're Not - make a fist! You have freakish forearms! <g>

    So I tighten all the muscles in my arms and realize that my forearms were kind of big. <g> I had never even thought about it before overhearing the original comment. The after-dinner discussion went on to Why/How my forearms were that way and I slowly rotated my hand and watched and felt how the muscles moved. And suddenly it came to me: I had probably screwed and unscrewed a million screws in my life with my hands. Endless equipment opened up and then buttoned up - all done just using nutdrivers and screwdrivers. <g>

    Your comment just made me laugh. <g>

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    Quote Originally Posted by Melting_in_NOLA View Post
    . . . . . also my 18 volt cordless drill (because who is really going to take out 30 5/ 16 screws with a nutdriver?)
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    How about a Phase/ Rotation checker? Relatively cheap.

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    This is gonna make me look like a total hillbilly to most of the guys out there. But my phase checker , if it is not already built into the equipment , is ......

    RUN TO THE DISCONNECT and turn it off when the compressor makes that ........ Sound. You know . Reverse rotation sound.
    It is that simple and if you look at some of the technical information , a very similar process is described ( just with out running at the disconnect screaming and waving your arms like the kid from home alone.)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Melting_in_NOLA View Post
    This is gonna make me look like a total hillbilly to most of the guys out there. But my phase checker , if it is not already built into the equipment , is ......

    RUN TO THE DISCONNECT and turn it off when the compressor makes that ........ Sound. You know . Reverse rotation sound.
    It is that simple and if you look at some of the technical information , a very similar process is described ( just with out running at the disconnect screaming and waving your arms like the kid from home alone.)

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    If you did that with a screw compressor, it would likely be toast before you pulled the disconnect.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sunsurp08 View Post
    How about a Phase/ Rotation checker? Relatively cheap.
    The only reason why I do not own a phase checker , is that the last time I price checked them, they were at least $600 for the most basic model. I'm sure they are cheaper now. I hope .
    Although 90% of the equipment I start these days has one built in, sooooo.....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Melting_in_NOLA View Post
    The only reason why I do not own a phase checker , is that the last time I price checked them, they were at least $600 for the most basic model. I'm sure they are cheaper now. I hope .
    Although 90% of the equipment I start these days has one built in, sooooo.....

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    Try $20 - $300.

    Used this one since ~1980: Sperry LED Phase Sequence and Open Phase Indicator, Item no. 3592508 |PSI8031 $99.

    Equipment meters typically check only the incoming power, not at the compressor leads. Option on scroll chillers and ac, not on most pump starters.
    Cheap insurance tool.

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