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Offline RegUS_PatOff

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Re: Tip of the day... (add your own tip)
« Reply #10 on: September 14, 2013, 03:29:26 PM »
Never sneak up behind a electrician that is checking wires for voltage and clap your hands unless you want a good laugh. :D
these always worked for me !  :rofl:
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Offline scrapiron

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Re: Tip of the day... (add your own tip)
« Reply #11 on: September 15, 2013, 11:36:50 AM »
On a more serious note: some manufacturers will put model/serial number tags where you can't read them properly. I just stick my cell phone in there & take a picture.

Offline krazytech

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Re: Tip of the day... (add your own tip)
« Reply #12 on: September 15, 2013, 12:22:23 PM »
I carry a small mirror to read the maytag model and serial #s     are behind the controls.. 
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Offline Wedgeman55

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Re: Tip of the day... (add your own tip)
« Reply #13 on: September 16, 2013, 02:50:49 AM »
When shutting of a piercing valve or saddle valve on a refrigerator or insta hot water feed line,  loosen the packing nut first.    This will prevent you from twisting off the stem if the valve hasn't been used in a number of years.     If stem still tight,   then I shut off main water supply to whole house to avoid replacing valve. 
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Offline krazytech

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Re: Tip of the day... (add your own tip)
« Reply #14 on: September 16, 2013, 03:22:38 AM »
Wedgeman,  Love this one I don't now how many time I twisted off stems before I learned loosen the packing nut first.. and the opposite work to if can't get the valve to shut off all the way tighten the packing nut...
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Offline appltech

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Re: Tip of the day... (add your own tip)
« Reply #15 on: September 17, 2013, 01:40:58 AM »
Don't lend your electrical tools to your auto mechanic friends. My strippers came back charred and missing a chunk. He apparently isn't used to 120VAC...12VDC only.

Offline Wedgeman55

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Re: Tip of the day... (add your own tip)
« Reply #16 on: September 19, 2013, 05:18:04 AM »
thanks, Krazytech.   Another tip.......so to speak.    When shutting off any valve, and your not sure its off,   I always carry in a bucket with me.    Sometimes,  when those piercing valves don't shut off,  the stem breaks off or strips and cannot be shut off.   You,  thinking its off,  Loosens the compression nut off of the valve and WHOOSH - Flood.   Thats why I always have a bucket so that I can put the line in there and Run and quickly shut off the water main or shove the line back in the valve.   I also carry several sizes including a flat 1 foot high bucket to fit the need.   Also,  in my toolbox,  I carry 1/4,  3/8  plugs so in emergency I can screw it into compression nut and shut off water that way.   

Another tip - I always use yellow or white electrical tape.  If I have to label wires or anything else,  I can write with my Black Sharpie on the tape (terminal numbers on motor,  timer,  switch, etc. )   Makes it easier to change wires on anything instead of switching terminal to terminal.
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Re: Tip of the day... (add your own tip)
« Reply #17 on: September 19, 2013, 06:46:42 AM »
Thanks Wedgeman55,

I also have a roll of White Duct Tape for the jobs where I need to make notes  and need more, also blue and red electrical will work with your sharpie..
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Offline olyteddy

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Re: Tip of the day... (add your own tip)
« Reply #18 on: October 18, 2013, 09:20:51 PM »
"Tomorrow" is today's greatest labor saver... :rofl:

Offline Preferred Appliance

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Re: Tip of the day... (add your own tip)
« Reply #19 on: December 15, 2013, 02:56:39 PM »
" Its far easier to do it right the first time....than it is to explain why you didn't" O0