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#1 Patricio

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Posted 28 April 2013 - 11:09 AM

1) What tools, meters, specialty tools, etc.  do you carry with you in your vehicles & why these in particular?

 

2) Have you had need of a spare more than once in a short time?


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Posted 28 April 2013 - 03:37 PM

I keep many spare meters, spare crimpers, sh*t load of spare flashlights.. And spare non contacted voltage checker is always great to have as well...  and I am about to get another steamer to have as a spare. I burn through those things fast and hate for it to happen in the midst of a job.  But with the extra steamer I'm also working on and developing a style that may rival the legendary Buddha's Palm and the deadly Drunken Monkey fighting styles.....I call it the "two-handed steamer defrost technique."  Scroll and video to be available as soon as I've mastered it.

 

Although it may seem a simple suggestion, we tend to forget but always keep loads of spare batteries...aa aaa 9 volts and any watch style battery your tools may need.


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#3 Patricio

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Posted 28 April 2013 - 05:02 PM

I have 1 analog & 3 digital meters, 2 small shop vacs, 1 wet & 1 dry, lots of flashlights, 2 that are tripodal & run on 3 to 9 AA batteries.  Plenty of assorted 1.5v batteries, 9 volt battery,  did not think about watch batteries.  Have extra fuses for analog  meter, Always busting fuse, forget to switch from ohms to Vac.  Maybe ought to get another steamer, only because hate to be in middle of meltdown & it quit working.    I use only distilled water so I have a extra gallon of it.


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Posted 28 April 2013 - 05:48 PM

Thanks for reminding me.. I forgot I  should use distilled water in my steamer. But if you take them apart, at least the  Euroshark, you will find a little control board inside the water compartment and it is wrapped in a plastic bag.  I guess that's some cheesy form of waterproofing. Therefore it is important to remove water after finish using it as well as not fill it past the line.  The last one I bought was from Macy's, it went bad in less than 2 months. They have a no questions asked return policy  so i returned it and the new one is on order. I couldn't wait for the new one so I got a refurbished one from amazon for $35 which came in two days. Works great....hence I will have two by  this week. Being ambidextrous, I plan on using both at the same time for extreme frost ups and for speed.

 

btw The salesman at Macy's told me I should replace the steamer on day 364 and get a free new one under their 1 year warranty policy. I told him I am using it commercially and would probably not be covered. He said it doesn't matter. I will take him up on it but something tells me my conscience will get the best of me.

 

Which shop vacs do you use? I need to get a smaller portable one.


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Posted 28 April 2013 - 06:00 PM

This is the steamer I use, same as samurai.  http://www.amazon.co...nd held steamer

 

Shopvacs are smallest  ones they make. I got them at Lowes, 2 gallon size, about $30, I have seen them at Walmart & Home Depot also.

 

I am looking to get a fluke meter, to add to my aresonal.  Which would you recommend, 116 or 87?


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Posted 28 April 2013 - 06:48 PM

I use the 116 fluke and the fieldpiece sc77 clamp meter.  The fluke 87 is a great meter but I aint there yet with regards to my electronics knowledge to take advantage of what it has to offer.  I find myself using the 116 and a killowatt meter the majority of the time. If budget allows, I would imagine the 87 is the way to go.

 

I will be posting a video shortly as to why I like the euroshark steamer


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Posted 07 May 2013 - 09:30 AM

    Being a former Boy Scout I take the motto seriously.  Backup meters, analog and digital.  Spare flashlights and batteries.  Cordless drills and batteries.  Large toolbox with mini and large hacksaws and blades and duplicate handtools.  Milkcrate full of adhesives, lubricants, caulk, tapes of all kinds, putty and weatherstrip.  Cans and boxes of "floor sweepings", screws/clips/brackets/springs/fittings/connectors etc.  Another milkcrate with all things automotive, oil, transmission/brake/power steering fluid, and several cans of FixaFlat.  Even carry roll of toilet paper for "emergencies".  Also pack a cooler full of small packs of crackers and cookies as well as a jug of water in case I drive into a ditch and trapped for several days.

 

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Posted 07 May 2013 - 05:51 PM

lol roll of toilet paper.....Empty 64oz gatorade bottle comes in really handy as well. 


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Posted 08 May 2013 - 02:28 AM

     Even carry roll of toilet paper for "emergencies". 

 

over 20 years on the road

 

when i sit down to take a dump the first thing i do is make sure there is toilet paper



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Posted 08 May 2013 - 07:35 AM

small package of baby wipes

for personal use and whatever ...


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Posted 09 May 2013 - 10:04 AM

Baby wipes are worth their weight in gold!  Also good to have something similar with antibactrial for those homes that resemble pig styes!






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