I've been busy, with the usual assortment of tasks. Some lessons have been learned, and some old ones validated.
RUSTY / Stiff Pliers: A drop of 'valve grinding compound,' worked back and forth, followed by a 'rinse' of Break-Free (or other penetrating oil)works magic in moments. In no time your pliers are operating freely.
BABY BAND-SAW: Milwaukee's little band saw has proven a real blessing, making all manner of pipework a breeze. It's especially useful if you need to interrupt a line already mounted.
MULTI-MASTER: I just 'cut in' a box for an outside wall - from the inside! Instead of the usually 'sloppy,' misplaced opening, I wound up wit a perfectly placed, almost too tight opening. Making the opening was relatively quick, clean, and pleasant. MUCH better than the usual drill / saws-it-all hack. For this particular job, I wanted a box that went all the way through the wall, with mud rings on both faces. GARVIN sells 'extension rings' that take screws on both sides ... my final assembly was a tile ring, the Garvin ring, a common extension ring, a sheet-metal mounting bracket that attached to the stud, and the final extension ring.
Little Shopping Cart: Working better than I had hoped. I have been able to hang a small wastebasket from it for my trash. OK, so the wheels need a fairly decent floor. Big enough to be useful, small enough that you can't overload it. A "garden wagon" has proven itself for hauling around multiple spools of small wire, and can handle rough or soft ground.
Tool Organizer for Lifts: I made a plate with various pouches, that hangs over the rail of a lift. It has been a real blessing, even though my selection of pouches left a lot to be desired. (I'm working on that). Add to it a magnetic parts dish for holding screws, and you've got it made.
There is a 6 gallon jug milk crate that is perfect as a wire caddy. With a piece of EMT through the handle holes, it will dispense 3 spools of wire and you can still carry lots of stuff in it. I am sure the one I have is not exactly "legal" but it is from some place 2000 miles away so I doubt they would pay me to ship it to them. (assuming the place is even in business)
How many of you guys use a tool belt? I use one all the time at work but seldom do I see other electricians wearing them. Of the 2 other electricians I commonly work with I am the only one who even has a tool belt. Those 2 guys carry tool pouches.
A malfunction at the junction -------------------------------------- Dwayne