Because I am not a professional appliance repairman and am not ever around any I was wondering just what tools you carry most of the time.Of course we've seen the arsenal that the Master carries but what do most of you carry on a day to day basis.For my hvac work I carry a few screwdrivers/nut drivers pliers etc and of course my meter.I did run into an appliance repairman once and he had a Bosh driver and a couple of hand tools in a Bosh case.I know its a never ending conversation but I would really like to know from you what you carry.
Posted 07 December 2013 - 11:47 AM
I encourage everyone else to do the same.... uh... that is do stupid house work when the master calls... videos or pictures of your tools would be cool too.
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Posted 07 December 2013 - 12:52 PM
Video & pictures of your tools...for theft purposes especially...not that it would do any good.
Posted 10 December 2013 - 06:54 PM
I guess the only thing is we might steal some ideas and that cant hurt, could it?
Posted 10 December 2013 - 08:56 PM
You young, springy pups don't mind bouncing up off the floor and sprinting out to the service vehicle to grab some more tools. And your memory is mostly intact, too.
Posted 10 December 2013 - 09:02 PM
I too like to have full battle gear with me when on the attack. Customers think it is awesome when I reach in & pull a specialty tool out.
Posted 11 December 2013 - 02:27 PM
Not to sound like a chick with multiple handbags, but I'm a tech with multiple tool bags. Which one I use depends on the job (location, product, trouble reported, etc).
In the truck I'll always have the big plastic tool box that doubles as a step stool. It hold the larger, less used tools like pipe wrenches, tin snips, rivet gun, flaring tool, hacksaws, and so on.
For a new customer I'll haul in my large Husky contractor bag with multiple pockets and exposed holders bristling with meters, temp gun, and hand tools. It's mainly "special effects" for the presentation. The old guys get a kick watching me pull out tool after tool, like watching a magician pulling rabbits out of a hat.
But that contractors bag is heavy and I'm burned out and broken down. So if the job is in a condo or on a boat, or if it's a repeat customer, I'll fill a small diagnostic "doctor style" bag with the tools I know I'll need. Of course I'll be sure it's a product I'm familiar with and have pretty much pre-diagnosed. But every so often there will be that one tool that I'll forget and have to make another run.
Posted 11 December 2013 - 06:40 PM
Like you I have a larger bag with everything and a smaller bag that has just enough.Funny ,I seem to keep adding things to my small bag.I do hope some of you techs will post some pictures. I am always interested in seeing how others work.Sometimes you can get good ideas from other folks.
Posted 12 December 2013 - 02:07 PM
Edited by applianceman97, 12 December 2013 - 02:25 PM.
Posted 12 December 2013 - 04:06 PM
From a purely photographic point of view, nice composition in both shots, especially the top one of the tools laid out on the table.
Where are the torx bits?
And no wrench? Magnet? Mirror? Kneepads? Headlamp and/or Larry Light?
Posted 12 December 2013 - 04:28 PM
Under the bottom pallet there's orange and black electrical tape, a set of 60 different bits including security tips, misc connectors and nuts, bolts and screw case. A digital clamp amp meter with temp, a regular digital meter (takes amps through the leads) with temp and an analog meter and the small lead set from radio shack. I also carry a 12v Bosch driver down there as well. These are all inside of cut to fit foam pads so that nothing moves while carrying. A clean microfiber cloth, a green scrub pad, protective gloves and latex gloves. Also a full set of stubby standard and metric wrenches.
Behind the top pallet there's a plastic water line for various things, a jumper wire, a hard plastic case for my iPad and misc marketing materials.
My setup looks like I'm coming into the house carrying a CIA bomb detonation breefcase. And it wows the customer to see how prepared I am to do battle with their misbehaving kids, I mean appliances.
The only downside is that I'm going to need shoulder surgery by the time I'm 50.
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Posted 12 December 2013 - 05:06 PM
That's a nice neat set up.I do like an open top bag.You can see everything at a glance.What are the ratcheting pliers?
Posted 12 December 2013 - 06:45 PM
Here's my carry-in. Flashlight is a Fenix LD22 - super bright (not shown keep in my pocket) ! Special tools kept in truck. Also use a Fieldpiece HS36 True RMS meter for those head-scratchers.
Hmmmmm. No pics showed up. Need to go learn.....
Edited by beam current, 12 December 2013 - 06:48 PM.
Posted 12 December 2013 - 07:18 PM
OK try again hopefully..... Here goes
Son of a beep
Edited by beam current, 12 December 2013 - 07:19 PM.
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