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#1 wishfultech

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Posted 07 December 2013 - 11:15 AM

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.



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#2 DurhamAppliance

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Posted 07 December 2013 - 11:47 AM

Interesting, I am in the middle of making a short video of my humble toolbag... but got called by my wife to do some stupid work around the house... will upload it later
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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#3 Samurai Appliance Repair Man

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Posted 07 December 2013 - 12:38 PM

Here's a peek into my battle gear:

 



#4 Patricio

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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.  


I see says the blind man, leading a lame dog, while talking to a deaf person. In other words, Not liable if you choose to follow my opinion.
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Posted 10 December 2013 - 06:54 PM

I guess the only thing is we might steal some ideas and that cant hurt, could it?



#6 Applianceman97

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Posted 10 December 2013 - 08:35 PM

I should post a video of my bag. You veterans probably won't believe how little tools I Carry in the home.

Edited by applianceman97, 10 December 2013 - 08:35 PM.

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#7 Samurai Appliance Repair Man

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Posted 10 December 2013 - 08:56 PM

I hate making extra trips back out to The Guru Mobile. Once I get started on a repair, I like to settle in and keep my train of thought going. I hate having leave the repair scene, take my booties off, then come back, put my booties back on and then try to remember what in the hell I was doing.

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.

#8 Patricio

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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.


I see says the blind man, leading a lame dog, while talking to a deaf person. In other words, Not liable if you choose to follow my opinion.
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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.



#10 wishfultech

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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.



#11 Applianceman97

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Posted 11 December 2013 - 11:11 PM

I will try to post a pic of my battle gear tomorrow.

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Posted 12 December 2013 - 12:22 AM

I carry this little unit in and call it my '99%er'...99% of the time I don't have to go out to the truck for more tools! http://www.homedepot...#specifications



#13 Applianceman97

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Posted 12 December 2013 - 02:07 PM

Here is my battle gear. Also carry misc. sockets and driver bits. I keep the big kahuna in the truck. I finish almost all my calls with this bag.

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Edited by applianceman97, 12 December 2013 - 02:25 PM.

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#14 Samurai Appliance Repair Man

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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?



#15 Spannerwrench

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Posted 12 December 2013 - 04:28 PM

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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 - 04:50 PM

The flashlight I was using at the time of pic. The torx are in the red and black ratcheting screw driver. No mirror. Don't use one. No knee pads either. My wrenches stay in the big box in the van.

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#17 wishfultech

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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?



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Posted 12 December 2013 - 05:13 PM

Old school wire strippers. They are awesome!!!!!!!

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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.

I think this will work. I once saw it on a cartoon.

Or, on the other hand.....

Troubleshooting the appliance's complex electro-mechanical systems is the methodology in which one must, by using analyitical techniques and the process of elimination, determine the cause or causes of a specific failure. Rarely does this cause of a failure directly present itself for you to see.

So.....

To be better equipped to troubleshoot, you will need:

1.) To follow this: Safety first and foremost. Trust your instincts.
2.) Basic hand tools.
3.) A decent DVOM meter. Buy one. Borrow one. You need one.
4.) Last, but certainty not least, common sense. Most of us have it. Slow down and use it.

Now, let's have some fun!

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Posted 12 December 2013 - 07:18 PM

OK try again hopefully.....  Here goes

 

 

 

 

Son of a beep

 

Hold on


Edited by beam current, 12 December 2013 - 07:19 PM.

I think this will work. I once saw it on a cartoon.

Or, on the other hand.....

Troubleshooting the appliance's complex electro-mechanical systems is the methodology in which one must, by using analyitical techniques and the process of elimination, determine the cause or causes of a specific failure. Rarely does this cause of a failure directly present itself for you to see.

So.....

To be better equipped to troubleshoot, you will need:

1.) To follow this: Safety first and foremost. Trust your instincts.
2.) Basic hand tools.
3.) A decent DVOM meter. Buy one. Borrow one. You need one.
4.) Last, but certainty not least, common sense. Most of us have it. Slow down and use it.

Now, let's have some fun!

ZIG:
Hope is the power that gives a person the confidence to step out and try.
Success is the maximum utilization of the ability you have.

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It always seems impossible until it's done.




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