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Tools used when repairing the high pressure pump yesterday.


When I was repairing the broken v belt from yesterday these were the tools I used.

I really like the Milwaukee 2457-20 M12 ratchet Greg told me about…. I thought it was completely worthless also but it is a great tool.  I really wanted a 1/2 air Aircat 805-HT-5 High Torque Ratchet…. with 130 ft lbs of torque!  But someone talked to out of it.  🙂  I really did not want to purchase a set of 3/8 sockets…. I ended up purchasing the Tekton 3/8″ shallow impact sockets 47915 which are pretty cheap in metric and even normal measurements.  LOL 🙂  I purchased metric for an American car I was working on?  Also I used a random Crescent wrench….  but my favorite adjustable wrench is probably my Klein Tools D50712 Adjustable Wrench with Extra Capacity 12-Inch (I believe)…. with the dipped handle.  It is just nice…. I should probably purchase smaller sizes?

Later I used my Tekton WRN53091 Ratcheting Combination Wrench Set which I really like the ratcheting aspect.

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So I Wanted a Stripper…. Then I Got the Phone Call!


So I have liked strippers for the past 30 years.  My first stripper I purchased from Kmart (of all places) when they had employee appreciation day and I got 20% off (my first job…. I told them our Kmart store was going to close after WalMart opened btw…. It did.)  My first yellow stripper lasted the longest until the blade fell off somewhere.  My second red Neiko 01924A lasted almost 5 years.  My Neiko’s plastic red handle would keep falling off.  (I guess I could have epoxied it or duct taped it? or #$@% it…. This tool just got super annoying to use…. sorry for the language!  LOL 🙂  The handle is cheap and just not ergonomic. )  Today I got a tip from Greg about strippers…. About the Klein Tools 11061 stripper.  So I purchase the Klein as my replacement…. Maybe it will last 5-25 years?  🙂

BTW The Klein 11061 cost $22.05 and the Neiko 01924A cost $16.58…. So it is really not worth getting a cheaper version if you plan on using the tool.

This is a really great type to have if you ever have to strip lots of cables…. Alone with a good pair of wire cutters (The built in cutters on these strippers are annoying to use more then once and because this tool is really used for lots of cable cutting do not think about it.  🙂 )  Great stripper design though.

I do have different style wire strippers in my bag.  These are better for working on less wires.  These are Klein Tools 11055…. I also have a smaller style and a couple different brands actually.  I believe I have 2 of the Klein actually?  🙂

I LOVE Watching People WORK…. I could watch it all day! Well…. not all day you probably have to be outside! :)

Greg was pulling out a Coleman Water Wizard 1.0 and installing a Water Wizard 2.0.  Greg had a couple guys up at his wash which were pretty good and you can pick up some good tips just watching people…. Or harassing people!  LOL 🙂

My tips today were not from the tech guys…. but from Greg though.  Thought I would share them.

I believe everyone has had that set of sockets in that crappy case.  When that case craps out…. What do you do?  Purchase a new SET!  🙂  Well I learned the solution for my box and tool chest drawers full of sockets. (Well it probably will be easier to just purchase a new set then put it on the holder…. Right? 🙂 )

Below is how Greg demonstrated the Ernst socket holder…. I purchased it ASAP! 🙂

Ernst 13-Inch Socket Organizer with 11 1/2-Inch Twist Lock Clips: http://amzn.to/2jTO3iz

Another tool I would never think of having but both Greg and the tech were using was an extension for your drill or impact.  I need to pick one up it will probably come in handy. http://amzn.to/2fpljgr

I tried to figure out how to unscrew something with no clearance one time and purchase this item. http://amzn.to/2y17ufM I had to use it once…. I am surprised how many times I have grabbed this silly thing. So if this is handy…. the extension is handy also. LOL 🙂

If you are looking for sockets I just picked up some deep and shallow metric sets. Both cheap…. The Tekton are nice the Stanley came in a cheap case which did not close correctly and good luck figuring out what you are looking for. 🙂 But the Stanley were pretty cheap. I have used a 500 ft/lbs impact with no problem with the Stanley impact set…. So they are good? 🙂
$18 Stanley 97-126 11 Piece 1/2-Inch Drive Metric Deep Impact Socket Set: http://amzn.to/2jVbUyw
$27 TEKTON 1/2-Inch Drive Shallow Impact Socket Set, Metric, Cr-V, 6-Point, 11 mm – 32 mm, 14-Sockets | 4817: http://amzn.to/2jU5n6Z

BTW Amazon has their NitroCat impacts on 15% off…. I got the smaller 1375-XL http://amzn.to/2wKsBCP

I actually LOL when I read this email! :)

Disclaimer…. Note I did not post the “service provider’s name”…. So I am not disclosing this place.  I also do not know if the claim from Rowe is correct or if it is ever relevant with today’s information?  I am just making no claims here at all.  Just very humorous opinions…. That I personally have concluded over some statements over the years.  🙂

So…. someone just happen to tell me this place provided me counterfeit Rowe parts. http://cwguy.com/?p=2570  The only facts here are…. When Tom Kozlik (from Rowe at the time) told me where I should get my BA-50 serviced I actually listened.  I also never had crap performance out of my Rowe bill acceptors again…. that is a fact.

Back to the email that made me LOL.

Over the last couple of years, we have been having great troubles with what we see as erratic, inconsistent repair parts that we get from Rowe for the BA50 transport. We continue to struggle with this situation, and the inconsistent results it causes. If this situation doesn’t clear-up soon; we may be forced to stop doing BA50 repairs altogether.

I got this email today…. I remember from back in 2008 when at an ICA show. (Again…. It might not be relevant anymore.) But it is a little ironic how the same place that emailed me use to use non-Rowe belts? But now claims that everything is all Rowe’s fault? 🙂 So this place is blaming Rowe for the counterfeit belts they purchase? LOL 🙂 Again usually business practices do not change (from purchasing China knock offs to legit parts?  Rowe parts may be from China…. you get the idea though.  🙂 ) but they might use Rowe parts now?  Just saying I feel like this place at the time should have disclosed they used counterfeit Rowe parts.  Their prices were the same and I feel cheated to be honest….. for the crap performance.  Lets just say I would have paid twice as much to get someone else to service my acceptors if I knew my Dad’s advice was so bad.  Sure I should have known better I guess…. but everyone I ever ask says Rowe BA-50 acceptors are crap.  Makes me wonder now about that guy at the Rowe booth saying he loves the acceptors and how reliable they are.  If that guy or you sent them to Rowe for service you would love them!  Funny how crappy aftermarket service or maybe even aftermarket products can create hatred for a product.

The irony of the Rowe BA-50….  The true irony about maintaining a BA-50 acceptor is there are just better products out there!  Yes the BA-50 works if it is service correctly…. does it still have issues…. Yes.  I also use MARS acceptors…. which with real or counterfeit belts (not sure what I purchased 🙂 ) you can even maintain and fix it yourself.

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Okay a Dewalt tool review! Multi-Bit & Nut Driver Set thing…. or fake Klein? LOL :)

This is mildly car wash related!  🙂  I have been debated purchasing a smaller socket set or a nut driver set…. Well I wanted a set of smaller 1/2″ sockets so I just decided to purchase these after months.  I have an IR set I like but it is missing the smaller sockets and I want 1/2″ because I do not want 25x socket wrenchs…. You get the idea!  🙂

This is the huge Dewalt DWMT73808 multi-bit & nut driver set…. 70 pieces 1/4″.  The reason I purchased this item was for the seemingly complete nut driver set.  I believe it was one of the most complete sets out there?  It also had metric…. which is really great.  The problem is….. this thing is HUGE!

 

Besides the size…. which I should have checked first.  The hang tag is super annoying which you have to cut off…. it also has 4 little clips which are annoying.  This handle (I might be out of line here) is totally stupid and worthless.

The design of the handle is I believe a complete rip off of the Klein design. In fact only the finnish of the tool and the name makes it a Dewalt. But who know…. Stanley owns about everything right? 🙂

The first picture is the only bit I could get to fall out of place…. which is good. But the case is plastic so it will probably break right? The second picture is more of a questions…. What looks more douche?  Me wearing stupid socks with house slippers…. or me carrying this ugly thing by the handle like a dumbass?  If a handly man came to your house holding that dewalt case could you not laugh or judge him immediately?  If I came to your house wearing these stupid socks and slippers would you laugh and judge?  LOL I would!  🙂  To be honest have you seen a maintenance person ever use Dewalt tools in general?  Just saying…. Like it matters?  But it might indicate reliability?  I have burnt out a hammer drill and a grinder.  But I switched because all my batteries died. 🙂  But the real reason is DeWalt decided to not have hard cases anymore.

Anyway…. I am mixed on this item…. it is huge!  Also kind of stupid and worthless in size.  Unless it is for a home shop or somewhere you can hide it.  🙂  I am thinking I am just going to throw the stuff in my Veto tool bag to be honest.  But the nut driver set is actually really nice and complete.  It might be a purchase at only $29 from Amazon.com?  I purchased it….  I almost like it?  LOL 🙂  LINK for the item.

Stupid Hat Listing or Stupid People…. You be the judge? :)


I can not state at what point people because totally stupid…. but I believe it has happened. LOL 🙂 BTW This is the amazon.com link

Does this stupid $13 hat include a $400 GoPro Hero5 Black for FREE? LOL 🙂  2 people actually asked this question…. Why?

What is always fascinating to me is the person that will ask a question which is blatantly obvious and wait for an answer (I assume) instead of reading the provided title or description.  “Is the pen 1mm or less than 1mm?”  Why not read or look at a picture?  LINK it is scary.  LOL 🙂  I could actually go on….  I will stop.  🙂

Does everyone except for me purchase nice drill bits? Well…. These feel like nice drill bits! :)


Now I just got these: Walter Surface Technologies 01E618 29-Piece Round Shank Jobber’s Length SST+ Drill Bit Set, Orange Like today…. a couple hours ago.  🙂  So these might all break and be total crap…. but I have not touched a drill bit that felt this nice before.  The cutting edges are also very sharp all the way up the bit…. to the touch.  Unlike Dewalt, etc. brands, big box bits.  Also the price is $2.37 a bit…. you probably pay more for crappy bits?  These have to be better…. I would think?  LOL 🙂  I think they claim to last x50 longer than the other stuff I purchased in the past…. so 50 holes I guess?!  LOL 🙂  The bar is really low for me…. I just want the job at hand done.  Maybe the next also?  Using 1 drill bit total!