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  1. #1
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    I need to help my nephew

    Hello everyone
    First let me say that I know NOTHING about HVAC except that I enjoy it when it works. :-) I'm here to help my nephew. He is a HVAC technician. He has done residential, commercial, and even some scientific environment chambers.
    As much as he knows about HVAC, he knows nothing about women. Long story short, he married the wrong girl, ended up divorced and paying child support. Then he went and got himself a horrible rebound girlfriend who got into his truck and sold his HVAC gear and disappeared.
    So, he can't work his trade without tools, and cant buy new ones with the little money he can earn. He is screwed.
    So, I'm outfitting him so he can work, but I have no friggin clue what to buy. I ordered him a Fieldpiece SM480V - Four Port, Wireless SMAN Manifold with Micron GaugeFour valve manifold. What else does he need to have a basic kit that will allow him to work?
    Thanks

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    Wouldn’t he know what he needs?
    It’s admirable that you want to help him, but it seems like bad decisions is his forte.
    Are you sure he didn’t sell the tools?
    I have plenty of fam/friends in these types of situations.
    I help some, tough love with others.
    I stick to my philosophy that “Virtually everyone through the sum of their actions or their inactions are exactly where they deserve to be”.
    I’m just saying you buy him tools, then what happens when they disappear again...either another vanishing girlfriend or someone stole them, etc.
    If I do a job in 30 minutes it's because I spent 30 years learning how to do that in 30 minutes. You owe me for the years, not the minutes.

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    That’s a loaded question, but if he’s to be on his own (i.e. not shadowing another tech), he’s missing A LOT of tools! Here’s a basic list:

    - Fluke 116/323 kit
    - 12V-20V cordless drill
    - Nut drivers (5/16, 1/4, 3/8)
    - Screwdrivers
    - Wire stripper/crimper
    - Tongue-and-groove pliers
    - Side cutters
    - Lineman pliers
    - Adjustable wrenches of various sizes
    - Hacksaw
    - Hammer
    - Core removal tool
    - (4) 1/4” refrigerant hoses (if gauges didn’t include any)
    - Blower wheel puller
    - PVC cutter
    - Socket set
    - Kneepads
    - Gloves

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    go to a pawn shop and get him some good used tools The SMan 480 is new ,top of the line!!!.you're a nice guy.Get him the basics,Let him work for the rest.

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    Get him a gift card for a vasectomy. That's at the top of his list.

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    You're wasting your money
    Officially, Down for the count

    YOU HAVE TO GET OFF YOUR ASS TO GET ON YOUR FEET

    I know enough to know, I don't know enough
    Liberalism-Ideas so good they mandate them

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    I'm sure he didnt sell them. He is also closing in on 40, and this has never been a problem before.

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    @SteveusaPA. I only found out about this when I worked out a lead with a client of my employer to get him a new technician job, and he told me he couldn't take it because his tools are gone. If I ask him he's just going to decline, so it's a birthday present

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    @Circusenvy. Thanks man. This is the exact list I needed. Much appreciated.

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    @Gleng. For the mundane stuff like drills and screwdrivers and the like, yes definitely the pawn shop. I had gotten the impression from asking around that the SMan was the big central thing. I know the value of top line tools from my own career, so I'm not going to scrimp on that.
    Besides...free HVAC services for life at the low, low price of $600. >

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    @btuhack. Yes, I have discussed the prudence of a little snip snip with him. 3 kids is enough for anyone

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    Adding to the list, he'll also need a

    vacuum pump
    recovery unit
    pump oil
    nitrogen tank
    nitrogen gauge
    oxy acetylene kit for brazing.
    Micron gauge (They are built into the SMAN, so perhaps skip that)
    Refrigerants, R22 (lol) R404A, R410A, R134A would be the basic ones.
    Swaging kit
    Pipe bending tool
    Nilog or some other thread sealer.
    Recovery tanks for the above refrigerants and 1 extra for a different refrigerant.
    refrigerant scale.
    leak detector (Good ole bottle of bubbles)

    That's all that comes to mind, I had to outfit myself so I'm just going through the list of stuff I bought.

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    @Olivero. Thanks man. I'll add that to the list. Am I correct in assuming that you are an independent contractor with no employer supplied gear?
    I don't want to spend cash on things an employer will cover, at least not until he is seasoned enough in the trade that we could add HVAC services to our family business. He is a good tech, but he doesnt know back office operations yet.

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