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#1 BryanS

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Posted 16 January 2014 - 10:36 PM

http://www.standofftool.com/

An hvac tech shared this on hvac-talk facebook page. The tool is still in the works, but I like the idea. Some of board clips can be a pain.

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Posted 16 January 2014 - 10:41 PM

Cool as hell... sign me up for one. Great find Bryan!

ps.. it got me thinking... just the right size writing pen with the ink cartridge removed may just do the trick. Stay tuned... I will find something that works so they better hurry up and get it out of pre-production.

Edited by DurhamAppliance, 16 January 2014 - 10:51 PM.

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Posted 16 January 2014 - 10:58 PM

He is trying to figure out what other functions to make it do. Maybe adding a scewdriver or something to the other end. I thought the same thing about the ink pen. Someone else suggested it but he said most ink pens aren't the right size. I think it would be handy, but many of the hvac guys don't seem that interested or just being cheapskates. His plan is to try and make them $5-10 each.

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Posted 16 January 2014 - 11:07 PM

He just messaged me and said he will let me know when the first shipment is ready :)

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Posted 16 January 2014 - 11:31 PM

I'd buy one and I don't need another screw driver, that would be completely useless and unnecessary. Now if he incorporated a dart-shooting blowgun, that's something altogether different.

Just imagine, a customer's snotty nosed brat of a kid making off with your 70th anniversary edition Snap-on ratcheting screwdriver. . Then silently and unbeknownst to mommy, you shoot a small dart in his unwiped backside with just enough pufferfish venom to render him unconscious for an hour or so. You could retrieve your tool and finish your work in peace. Man, he could name his price... but I would require a small percentage of each sale for the suggested modification.

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Posted 16 January 2014 - 11:44 PM

Haha. What amazes me is the parents that just allow their kids to be a nuisance. I know if it was me my dad would have yelled at me to get the h*ll out of the room.

Well he was thinking of a screwdriver for house thermostats because he's an hvac guy. I liked the flashlight idea. Always need a flashlight. Who knows what it will end up being.

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Posted 16 January 2014 - 11:50 PM

My vote is blowgun or maybe a dog whistle, you know, something really useful.

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Posted 16 January 2014 - 11:59 PM

btw, Years ago I went to a repair where the standoffs for the board were all broken. I replaced the board and somehow kept it off the fridge sufficiently to keep it from grounding.

At that time, I could not figure out how to replace them. It looked like they were manufactured into the cabinet. I have yet to run into this problem again but if I do, you have any suggestions?

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Posted 17 January 2014 - 12:10 AM

Maybe you can punch the old clips through the hole and install these in place

http://www.amazon.co...X110_SY165_QL70

I'm not sure if those would screw into the holes or not. I imagine you can buy those clips somewhere. The ones linked are for computers.
Or maybe thesehttp://www.amazon.co...X110_SY165_QL70

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Posted 17 January 2014 - 12:21 AM

those are both good ideas, I may order both types. Probably never use them but that repair I did left an indelible mark on my brain... I didn't know what to do, so I think i used some combination of tape and bubble wrap... this was years ago so I guess it worked.

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Posted 17 January 2014 - 12:21 AM

I'd be afraid those threaded ones wouldn't be big enough though. It sucks the packs are so big. It would take a lot of broken clips to use them all.

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Posted 19 January 2014 - 01:54 AM

I wish there was a neat tool like that to push  the pins through on the Frigidaire front loader shocks. Something that could squeeze the prong in and push the pin through all at the same time.



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Posted 19 January 2014 - 09:54 AM

The folks at auto audio shops already use a device like this.



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Posted 19 January 2014 - 08:02 PM

I think I saw someone use a metric deep wall socket to push the pins through the shocks. The stand off tool looks like a Bic Pen without the ink.Seems like that would be a good thing to modify to fit the stand offs.Wonder where the audio folks get theirs?



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Posted 20 January 2014 - 01:01 PM

The folks at auto audio shops already use a device like this.


but I bet it doesn't double as a blowgun.

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Posted 22 January 2014 - 09:36 AM

Hey guys, I just received an email from this guy, and he wants to send me some prototypes to try out. Do you see a need for certain lengths? He doesn't do appliances, so he isn't sure if we would need a stubby version or what. Let me know please, and no Durham they won't have a blowgun built in :)

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Posted 22 January 2014 - 10:00 AM

I'd buy one and I don't need another screw driver, that would be completely useless and unnecessary. Now if he incorporated a dart-shooting blowgun, that's something altogether different.

Just imagine, a customer's snotty nosed brat of a kid making off with your 70th anniversary edition Snap-on ratcheting screwdriver. . Then silently and unbeknownst to mommy, you shoot a small dart in his unwiped backside with just enough pufferfish venom to render him unconscious for an hour or so. You could retrieve your tool and finish your work in peace. Man, he could name his price... but I would require a small percentage of each sale for the suggested modification.

I like to kindly remind the customer, they are paying me in 15 minute increments, and we're not the cheapest baby sitter in town.  That tends to motivate them to wrangle their youngins to the next room.  Same goes for music or TVs blaring in the next room.  :deal:



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Posted 22 January 2014 - 11:17 AM

 Paying you for being a baby sitter may earn you extra cash

.Dropping a toddler teething on your snap-on in his tracks.with a blow gun...priceless 


Edited by DurhamAppliance, 22 January 2014 - 11:19 AM.

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