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    Wonder how I got by all those years……

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    Quote Originally Posted by ehsx View Post
    Wonder how I got by all those years……
    Quite well I'm sure.
    "Is this before or after you fired the parts cannon at it?" - senior tech
    I'm tired of these mediocre "semi flammable" refrigerants. If we're going to do it let's do it right.
    Unless we change direction we are likely to end up where we are going.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ehsx View Post
    Wonder how I got by all those years……
    If I didnt have the smart phone, I couldnt have gotten that timely help on the AGZ from you!
    Thanks again!

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    Quote Originally Posted by ga-hvac-tech View Post
    Hmmm...

    Most important tool...

    First, I would agree with the OP... my brain...
    As we know... most of the time... service work is electrical trouble-shooting... and that is something that just seems to come naturally to me.

    If I had to pick a physical tool...
    It would be either my phone or a pencil/pad of paper (for notes)...

    I carry 4x clip wires on the Veto MCT bag... tied around the handle with a loop...
    I use them a LOT to diagnose issues at the furnace.
    When I am outside at the AC (or HP)... tend to use the meter more.

    The Veto MCT is a nice service bag...
    I have a Veto backpack for installs... albeit usually the helper is using it... and I am using the MCT.

    Trivia fact: there is a version of the MCT bag that is designed as a 'range bag'... grin
    Love it. I use it as my system check bag...FP probes and all else I need.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bazooka Joe View Post
    “Tool” means 1 Ea. 6 in one screwdriver..
    Greatest tool ever. A tool bag in your back pocket.

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    I keep one in a kitchen drawer, but not on the work truck.
    I do a triple evac with nitro to remove non condensables.

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    The OP answered his own question in his first post.

    Without any doubt, the grey matter between your ears is the single most important tool.
    I do a triple evac with nitro to remove non condensables.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ehsx View Post
    Wonder how I got by all those years……

    Just a thought...

    There was a LOT more paper documentation back when...
    AND...
    The supply houses had more tech support available at a moments notice...

    And of course, equipment was a lot simpler back when.
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    I would have to say that a good multimeter is the best tool to have on you. Almost everything else can be done with some sort of hackery (butter knife, wire, oddball socket with some tape, and so on), but a good multi meter can do things that will save you a LOT of time on just about any other diagnostic.
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    Quote Originally Posted by viceman View Post
    Greatest tool ever. A tool bag in your back pocket.
    That’s a great line!, I know they make them like 25 to one nowadays lol, but the 6 in one is good enough for me…

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    My fieldpiece fc440 meter

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    Light


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    Quote Originally Posted by heatingman View Post
    Light


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    Good point I can't do nothing without my headlamp.
    "Is this before or after you fired the parts cannon at it?" - senior tech
    I'm tired of these mediocre "semi flammable" refrigerants. If we're going to do it let's do it right.
    Unless we change direction we are likely to end up where we are going.

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    Smartphone has that covered 😃

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    Quote Originally Posted by VTP99 View Post
    Smartphone has that covered
    Not good enough.


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    Quote Originally Posted by heatingman View Post
    Not good enough.


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    I agree. For light, it's gotta be ClipLight.

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    Quote Originally Posted by heatingman View Post
    Not good enough.


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    Yeah but with the smarty you've got light and a means to purchase better light 😆

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    I ordered 2 pack of the head lamps..22$. usb rechargeable. Can't do an install or complete repair without it. But for a quick glance around in the attic or dark hallway, whip out the phone light.

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