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Offline Last Active Aug 23 2015 08:01 PM

#282319 Whats your favorite fancy tester

Posted by wishfultech on 25 January 2014 - 08:14 AM

I know it would not look ''professional'' but it seems it would not be hard to make a 240 volt tester plus you could have the satisfaction of making it yourself.Customer might think it is some kind of gimmick though.The problem I have seen many times have to be diagnosed with the cover off so if you are going to go to the trouble of taking the cover off you may as well use your meter.Like most of you I am addicted to tools and testers.I have been impressed by techs with all sorts of fancy tools and gadgets but there is no replacement for knowledge and experience.Years ago my mentor in hvac carried just a few basic tools and an analog meter.But ,He knew his stuff.I was more impressed by that than his tools.I wish better tools could make me a better tech.I do use a set of digital gauges and I think that has been a plus.I believe even Warren would like them R.I.P.

#280378 24 volt tester

Posted by wishfultech on 07 January 2014 - 06:09 PM

I built 1 of those several years ago and it does come in handy for checking things. At the time I built it I was looking for a solution for checking controls with the high voltage off.Works like a charm.

#278817 question

Posted by wishfultech on 24 December 2013 - 05:35 PM

Yea my son's 10 and he's all about some Santa Clause!

#274293 Useful Thingamabobs

Posted by wishfultech on 14 November 2013 - 05:01 PM

Went by Lowe's and wouldn't you know it,lots of handy tool sets for Christmas!Got a Kobalt set with a 1/4 x 5/16 ratchet and several bits for less than 10 bucks.Also a nifty pry bar that also is like a spanner wrench and can loosen 1/4 5/16 3/8 &1/2 inch nuts.I can see many uses for this and less than $2. I love this time of year!

#270064 Tool Bag Search............

Posted by wishfultech on 03 October 2013 - 05:26 PM

If there is a shoe repair place near you, you might get them to fasten the tool holder to the case. There's nothing like good ole inginuity.

#268180 A New Lowe? .. Southwire tools

Posted by wishfultech on 14 September 2013 - 11:32 AM

I saw the same tools and I couldn't help but wonder why they would start carrying tools I have never heard of that cost just as much as ""name brand"" tools. I know I would feel better spending big bucks on tools that  I know are good and built to last.Can't say much for the color either kind of hen---- brown.Lowes should have given this more thought. At least home Depot still carries Klein

#265428 New Larry Light

Posted by wishfultech on 20 August 2013 - 08:02 PM

There's a new Larry Light out.It has more lumens and a better switch too.The only thing I don't care for is an LED pointer on the end.I don't need to point to things very much. The price could have been cheaper without the pointer I'm sure.It is a bright light though!

#265099 Video-How to use a Kilowatt watt meter to test defrost.

Posted by wishfultech on 18 August 2013 - 08:45 AM

Enjoyed the video and I think I may invest in a Kill A Watt.

#265098 testing a compressor relay

Posted by wishfultech on 18 August 2013 - 08:32 AM

This is my experience, Freezer compressor would not start.Took the start relay to an appliance repair shop, checked relay (that rattled)with an ohm meter and it checked good.He showed me a new relay and it rattled too.By that I decided not to buy a new relay if mine was good. Came home and used my test cord and the compressor started just fine.Because I hated to loose more food by taking a chance I went ahead and bought a new freezer.I intended to keep my old one and check it out further but the delivery man came 2 hrs. early and had already hauled it away.If it were me I would try a new relay,if it works great and if it doesn't you're out $20.00.At least you won't feel bad like me.

#253856 Flashlight

Posted by wishfultech on 05 May 2013 - 07:30 PM

Went to Batteries Plus the other day and they carry the ''Larry'' light .For 10 bucks it is a great little light and the magnet is a great plus.I carry a Fenix  in my pocket and use it often but I can see using the Larry in all sorts of things.Maybe another thing to add to your arsenal.Cant have too many flashlights!

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