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2624012 No.2624012 [Reply] [Original] [archived.moe]

I'm trying to repair my EXCAVATOR by myself so i can continue to dig under my neighbor's house. It is fucking old, so it is hard to find all the components I need on internet and some of them haven't the ID. I found a manual:
"KOMATSU PC02-1A and PC03-1 operation and maintenance manual"
But the PDF version of this manual costs around 100$!
Is there any website where I can find this PDF knowledge for free as it should be? (I tried with my already known websites but nothing).

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>> No.2624115

I don't really care about helping you but;

>so i can continue to dig under my neighbor's house

I'm intrigued by this

>> No.2624129

>so i can continue to dig under my neighbor's house.
You know what? I don't want to know.

I'd just buy the manual. A quick google search popped up a couple sites selling the manual for $60 or less. Once you have it, scan it and upload/torrent it to spite them.

>> No.2624132

Don't pay for digital manuals. It's a Mexican scam. Only buy copies from eBay

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>> No.2624508

i know nothing about excavators, but can you elaborate more on that part:
>dig under my neighbor's house

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2623937 No.2623937 [Reply] [Original] [archived.moe]

>how do i use this thing properly?
i work in not so disciplined company i guess, and i barely got any instructions, or different one from each person(no bad blood, just how it is)
>is metal bits on magnet big deal?
should i clean them off after each hole, and obsessively make sure magnet is clean, could it be weakening the drill? also i take bit longer than other people, do i use bit of force. also how long do blades last usually?

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>> No.2623955

is putting metal plate below metal im drilling(given its bit thin) stabilize the drill? or im being stupid? cant find specific answers exactly on youtube, but g2g for basics

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>is metal bits on magnet big deal
If you're using the only kind of magdrill I know of which is essentially a little drill press on a big magnetic brick, yes cleaning that shit is important. If you have chips and dirt on the contact points you risk the drill moving and you're fucked.
Do it right, like all processes the setup is important.

>> No.2623971

>also i take bit longer than other people, do i use bit of force
Forgot to mention it is fine to use some muscle as long as you're wetting that shit with rapidtap like you're about to go balls deep

>> No.2623981

thats what i assumed thanks. also i gotta use pin thats not too big for blade right? like just couple millimeters longer

>> No.2624026

Yes, metal is what the magnet holds on to.

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2623913 No.2623913 [Reply] [Original] [archived.moe]

I'm doing a front windshield replacement on an old car.
OEM seal was a butyl seal with a copper-ish 12v heating wire inside to heat it up for easy install/removal. Replacement is not deliverable. Is applying a thin heating wire into a butyl sausage and DIY'ing a viable option?

>> No.2623985

Weird. What kind of car? All the new stuff uses urethane adhesive. Any reason you can't use that?

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2623906 No.2623906 [Reply] [Original] [archived.moe]

How do you fill water into a barrel using a hose and barrel that are airtight?

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>> No.2624055

You pump out the air. The water will replace it.

>> No.2624146

Practically speaking?
Fit the hose to the vessel as normal.
Feed a thinner hose through the real hose.
Rotate the barrel so that the outlet is highest.
Feed water into the barrel through the narrower hose by pushing it.
Or drawing the air out of the larger, thereby sucking in water through the narrower.

>> No.2624210

Use an air vent with a check valve.

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You need a spot for the air to go, ideally on top of the liquid you're dispensing. If it's airtight the whole way through, you'll need two hoses; no other way about it. Pic related will keep pressure equilibrated while gravity dispenses the liquid. If it's flammable or reactive I recommend a nitrogen or argon sweep, as well as grounding all containers.
Also, this is a stupid question/questions that don't deserve their own thread kinda post. Post more ladybots now.

>> No.2624367

lol you have just transferred the problem to another tank that doesn't have the airtight issue

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2623892 No.2623892 [Reply] [Original] [archived.moe]

I want to completely block the sunlight from a window like this. I'm tired of taping alluminium paper against it every summer.

Any cheap ways to achieve it?

Also a bonus, a mosquito net would help a lot.

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>> No.2623915

* 3d printed my own handle

>> No.2623924

Blackout curtains truly work and mine are great. The angle your windows are at is really fucky but a way around it may be getting a second bar to hold the bottom. It is not ideal but may be your best option.

>> No.2623925

looking at the picture, that room is clearly not above the trees.

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Two way mirror foil, and one of these on the inside.

>> No.2624046

cut out some light filter like they use in filter? maybe beige colored.

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2623829 No.2623829 [Reply] [Original] [archived.moe]

I'm doing the skirting in my house, and was going to scribe/join all the corners, but the local hardware store has these things for internal and external corners that you use instead. Are they any good, or am I going to regret it?

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Not sure if it matters, but it's floor skirting I'm doing. Will be a combination of nails and glue.

>> No.2623850

Never used them but honestly cutting trim with a chop saw is so easy I can't really see the point for a one-off job. Now if you're a construction company churning out cucksheds by the hundreds, then it starts to make a lot of sense. Faster and less chance for Pedro to fuck it up

>> No.2624185

Fair point, I thought they might look nicer than my first attempt at skirting.

I don't suppose you have any insight as to why a lot of the tutorials use super glue+activator on their joints instead of wood glue? I know wood glue is slower drying, but would the super glue joins break the second your Mrs aggressively vacuums the house?

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2623761 No.2623761 [Reply] [Original] [archived.moe]

if you finished an attic by yourself what would be the cost, I want to neet off my mom with the privacy of an apartment.

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>> No.2623775

Still Id like to get laid with out introducing them to mom yet Id rather give my mom the rent money in home improvement equity

>> No.2623780

Fucking nigger, your mom gave you everything to start a life and now you’re throwing it away and asking for more. At least be man enough to ask her if it’s okay to bring partners over.

>> No.2623782

I'm looking into to finishing the space above her garage and turn it into an apartment instead of paying rent to a landlord when I go back to school. She wants her own life and I want my own, I just don't know what the ball park material cost would be if I did the labor. My brother is a mechanical and machine learning engineer so I have some one with brains to help me plan it if its in the realm of possible .

>> No.2623791

>the space above her garage
That's a very vague description. How big is it? Is it damp-proof? Is it insulated? Does it have a power supply?

>> No.2623793

I'm drunk so I can't remember the square footage but it is un insulated, the garage is set on its on circuit for welding and what not ant the space was intended to be converted to room years ago and framed that way from the beginning

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2623702 No.2623702 [Reply] [Original] [archived.moe]

I don't plan on hurting others with it, I simply wish to make money by selling it to the protesters in my country. The people in my country are so pathetic at protesting. A few smoke bombs should show our government that we are serious

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>> No.2623885

bleach + iodine
thank me later

>> No.2623911 [DELETED] 

part 2

>> No.2623940

glycerin vape bomb

>> No.2623943

I replicated this guy, and they work fabulously
you dont need to get into the fancy plaster plugs details, all you need is the mix, thick enough container so it wont burn thru, and top plugged with gypsum with small hole (otherwise it burns too fast and not a lot of smoke)

Recipe is:
Parafin wax = 40 parts
KNO3 = 50 parts
sugar = 32 parts
Dont forget to grind the nitrate and sugar to fine powder.

>> No.2624039

Pingpong ball smoke bombs are cheap especially if you can buy the balls in bulk, check youtube

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2623622 No.2623622 [Reply] [Original] [archived.moe]

Stop making fun of me

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>> No.2624062

i got a ryobi plug in, better torque

>> No.2624163

perfectly good tools

The rest of their products are suspect to bad which I don't understand when Rigid and Milwaukee are capable brands all under TTI.

>> No.2624425

I've been using a Ryobi generator since 2018 and it has been an absolute workhorse. It has been battered and bruised by other people having borrowed it over the years and still just works. I originally bought it simply because it was the cheapest generator with wheels that I could find. I would buy it again, no question. Why pay more?

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Forgot to attach pic.

I actually got this Ryobi generator from Bunnings. Ozito isn't bad either.

>> No.2624428

I just buy whatever tools I need when they're cheap on slickdeals. I'm in Milwaukee, Dewalt, Ryobi, Rigid, Craftsman pole saw, and even a Hart angle grinder.

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2623601 No.2623601 [Reply] [Original] [archived.moe]

What could I do with a cheap stick welder?

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>> No.2623948

Shove it up your ass

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Just literally saw picrel for sale today; you'd have to be in Europe, though

>> No.2624008

Power supply for a gpu (12v at 45A)

>> No.2624106

So, what is the consensus? Is a cheap MIG welder better option than a cheap stick welder?

>> No.2624116

>What could I do with a cheap stick welder?
Stick it up your ass and weld your sphincter shut.

How the fuck do we know if you can craft anything? I'm gonna guess "no" based on the level of autism you're displaying.

If you're so poor why'd you buy a welder at all?

Practice welding shit together. Gather up a bunch of old nuts and bolts and weld them into little sculptures that you could sell. Start a business doing welding repairs for people. You can make money fixing small shit that regular shops don't want to bother with.

The possibilities are endless anon.

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2623582 No.2623582 [Reply] [Original] [archived.moe]

Is it OK to use nitrocellulose lacquer over an oil based stain? Finishing a guitar.

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>> No.2623656

It's alder, so not very porous. The oil based stain I have is black, I think I'm just going to buy some new shit though so there's no problems. Should I go for water or alcohol based you think?

>> No.2623854

No. Use a water based stain instead. Spray with distilled water to raise the grain, lightly buff, spray on stain then finish with anything you want, why not try a French polish?

>> No.2623855

Redpill me on nitro finishes. I've always been a polyurethane man myself but I'm interested in expanding my wheelhouse

>> No.2623960

It's supposed to age better, gives the guitar a retro look, cause they used nitro up until the 70s I think. People say shit about tone and other mumbo jumbo but I don't think it's true, cool finish nonetheless.

>> No.2623996

Nitrocellulose is repairable (a new layer dissolves into the previous). No not clean it with silicone oils (eg pledge).

Oil base polyurethane is not as easily repairable, but it’s the toughest shit you can imagine. The oil based stuff is, anyway. I’ve got a kitchen table ainted in poly that’s coming up to 50 years now, and still in mint condition.

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2623564 No.2623564 [Reply] [Original] [archived.moe]

im looking to buy a canoe and found one for cheap but it has cracks on the outside of it. owner claims the cracks dont leak but id still like to repair them if I pick the canoe up. how much time and how much would it cost to repair these cracks? ive never worked with fiberglass before.

>> No.2623567

If they don't leak, it's probably just gel coat cracks from sitting in the sun. Float/fill it with water to make sure. If so, there's a bunch of different ways to do it. Most involve removing material with a dremel or sander, filling, and repainting. Sometimes really small ones you can literally just paint over.

>> No.2623748

Canoes are usually pretty easy since there's no tricky corners, repairs are generally just sanding all the paint off around the damaged area, grinding away any broken fiberglass fibers and making a nice taper for a scarf joint, then layering on new stuff in increasing sized patches until you've got decent overlap with solid area, on both the inside and outside if you're making structural repairs, then sand it all smooth and repaint
Price depends on the size but resin and cloth is kinda pricey, might be ~50$ if you can get away with buying the smallest can of resin and pack of cloth and don't care too much about the paint, might be >200$ if you want to do a really thorough job and patch the gelcoat all nice. Get woven roving not chopped strand mat, it costs a little more but not significant for small repairs of this size and it's 20x nicer to work with.

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2623529 No.2623529 [Reply] [Original] [archived.moe]

Exterior has every last pin prick hole and seam sealed with metal foil tape, the plywood will be sealed over with metal flashing

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Not sure what i'm going to do for a door, it needs a vent and CO2 sensor because if the door seals good enough it will be a death trap otherwise

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4 inches hard foam insulation, enitre interior is ceder. The floor comes up and can be removed for cleaning. Probably going to use a tent stove for the heat source.

>> No.2623669

I have an old concrete foundation in my backyard, was thinking of building one of these myself, except from scratch. Would a camping stove really work? Seems sketchy to me, I know the sauna stoves are expensive but it's probably worth it.

>> No.2623678

Did you do a smoke test to look for leaks?

>> No.2623754

>Would a camping stove really work

Its 6x3.5 feet and extremly well insulated, a similar stove can get my cabin to 100 degrees when it is zerooutside and the cabin has 10x the volume.

Not yet, need to do the door. Can't imagine it isn't, the exterior is air tight metal.

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2623510 No.2623510 [Reply] [Original] [archived.moe]

I see headlines about breakthroughs in solar panels becoming cheap and super efficient but they are very expensive. This doesn’t include the batteries to store the power either. Is it best to get the most expensive kind? Is there any way to make anything from from raw materials for cheaper? Maybe over Alibaba?

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>> No.2623887

Do you have an inverter that can handle batteries? There's a myriad of schemes, but the only one that has reasonable prices and performance is 48V LFP directly connected to the solar inverter (as opposed to using indirect AC-coupled storage inverter).

>> No.2623930

>don't just slap panels on your roof
You literally can, just do it yourself. An entire array costs 1500 these days, add a few hundred more for wiring and a decent inverter and you're good

>> No.2623939

retard tax for rich white yuppies who don't do their homework

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>> No.2624066

most of those breakthroughs usually fail on two fronts, longevity and capacity for cold. Solid state batteries are coming to market though.

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2623507 No.2623507 [Reply] [Original] [archived.moe]

>be me
>was a fuckhead neet gamer for most of my life
>started working in A/V for live events when I was 20
>got a job at a company around 23
>some people at the company mentor me for a while and I learn alot
>apply myself and continue improving my skills
>company sends me all over the country travelling to setup events
>always stay in nice hotels
>money is a really solid 6 figures in mid market USA with benefits
>29 now
>fit, skilled, in my prime
>work/life balance is mostly work
>im never home
>cant find a gf due to travelling constantly
>ive reached the top of where I want to be at the company after 6 years
>if I stay for 5-10 more years i will be doing the same events over and over, working for someone else.
>In my industry freelancing is very viable
>80% of the people i work with are freelancers
>they all tell me I will have no trouble finding work
>money is even better than my salary
>decide to quit and become a freelancer
>take control of my direction
>start my own business
>have time to develop other parts of my life besides woooork
>feel like an ungrateful sack of shit for abandoning the company that did so much for me, pulled me out of neet life, gave me opportunity
>threw 6figures + benefits in the trash

Overall I feel I made the right decision, but part of me feels stupid for throwing away the sure thing that was my old job.

Has anyone else had similar thoughts leaving their employment to pursue other avenues?

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>> No.2623522

>threw 6figures + benefits in the trash
Ouch. Hope things work out for you in the long run; they usually do if you're not a fuckwit. It's always a wrench leaving a good job for a possibly better opportunity.
Don't feel like you're ungrateful. They paid you for the work you were doing for them, and if they paid you that well that meant they liked what you did and thought you were worth it (this is the corollary that goes with minimum wage jobs being worth minimum wage or less). For the most part no company expects you to work for them forever -- most HR people I've spoken to say they almost expect people to have four or five jobs before they're 30. Unless you literally walked out the door screaming how much you fucking hate the place and everyone who works there, you can probably get jobs from your old place on a contract basis or as a consultant in addition to other work, and keep your relationship with the company bosses friendly so that if you DO have problems in the future as a freelance, you may be able to use that to get back in.

>> No.2623524

>neet for most of my life
>working full time at 20

Ok sir these don't make sense

>> No.2623596

youre both right i just have to get over the feeling like i owe them something. I dont, Ive been making them a profit for quite a while.

The decision to leave is really not so much about travelling less or making roots(while those could be nice) but more about how I know I will regret never trying to do this for myself in 5/10 years. They did try to offer me something different, but its not really what I want, i didnt go into the conversation trying to negotiate and i made that clear.

I was able to leave on good terms and odds are they will call me for work as a contractor on shows in the future. So now they will be one of many companies i can work for instead of the only one i can work for.

I think everything will be fine, its just a difficult leap at first to not be as "stable" income wise. But honestly I would be fine making less money if I can have more freedom to work and live as I choose. I have a bunch of contacts i have been reaching out to and hopefully i will get some calls back soon.

>> No.2623621

>>feel like an ungrateful sack of shit for abandoning the company that did so much for me, pulled me out of neet life, gave me opportunity
Don't. If your
is accurate, you gave them more than enough for the work you put in.

>> No.2623668

This. If you would’ve left in 6mos as soon as you had enough experience to put it on your resumé, that would be a little shitty. But if you put in >2 years of good work for them, you made them some money and it’s fair.

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2623446 No.2623446 [Reply] [Original] [archived.moe]

DIY ressources for peniless fools
Hi give your best charts, tuto for no-money poeple in order to save money or improve quality of life.

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>> No.2623461

Learn 2 code unironically

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2623438 No.2623438 [Reply] [Original] [archived.moe]

>be retard
>work in heavy equipment distribution
>have big brained money making idea
>take all the 1lb desiccant bags from old boxes
>try to sell as electronics and firewood dryers
>zero interest
So is there any real use for a massive amount of this stuff or is it just trash? I literally have 100 pounds of this stuff at home and another 50-75 pounds in my office at work.

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>> No.2623502

maybe 3d printer users to keep filament dry would be interested?

>> No.2623518

I use desiccant in my air line for my plasma cutter. Maybe list it as that?

>> No.2623710

Making AC cooler
adsorption cycle/adiabatic wheel heat exchanger

>> No.2623722

Did you try Ebay or local selling? Selling on gun forums makes much more sense than your silly ideas.

>> No.2623865

You are definitely a retard. "Electronics dryers"? Why would someone buy your shit for that when rice is much cheaper? "Firewood dryer"? What the actual fuck man.
If you weren't a shitposter you would've just googled this and seen the different things you could do with it.
I heartily suggest you shove it up your ass until you die of dehydration.

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2623407 No.2623407 [Reply] [Original] [archived.moe]

This tank contains the water for my outdoor irrigation system for hanging plants. It keeps growing algae, what can I do to safely(without killing plants) stop the algae build up in this water tank?

>> No.2623409

5 drops of bleach per gallon of water

>> No.2623476

This. A tiny bit of bleach should do it, and it’s not really any more chlorine than you have in regular tap water.

>> No.2623482

UV sterilizing light, might need to switch to a UV resistant container though

>> No.2623551

clear tank = photosynthesis for algae
keep it dark add H2O2 and change the water more often

>> No.2624037

Keep it dark, as in completely and perfectly dark. It works for hydroponics reservoirs so it should for you

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2623325 No.2623325 [Reply] [Original] [archived.moe]

Is framing a good career to get into or does it just destroy your body and pay little?

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Most places stick to union pay scale (mostly because of building codes and the permitting process), which caps you as part of a crew.
25 bucks an hour is only 50k/yr.
But everyone has to start somewhere. There was a time in my life when that would have seemed like a lot of money, so I get it.
The point is to get to where you're running the crew, and then to the one who's got crews out doing the work while you bid jobs and line up more work. That's where the money is.

>> No.2623349

It's easy and a relatively low impact trade but because of this, the pay will always be low

Become an electrician, plumber or HVAC guy instead

>> No.2623813

Carpentry pays poorly and its not that hard.


>> No.2623819

Only the lead guy makes any money and I'm not sure how much that even is. They have a lot of extra headaches like roof layout, meeting all the code demands, making the final look like the picture when print has contradictions, managing tools and crew.
Rough carpentry is fun and it's good to get some experience if you want to follow down carpentry or into building. There's definitely more math and physicality involved than finish carpentry. Post and timber framing should fetch higher rates. It's still a pretty jank career path unless you get into a commercial field and hot location. Carpentry in general is pretty shit unless you specialize and produce. The other union skilled trades naturally progress well without having the monkey on your back to carve out your own business.

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2623318 No.2623318 [Reply] [Original] [archived.moe]

Looking for suggestions on tools/brands of tools I should get. Started working on garbage trucks last September, got brought on with absolutely zero experience, been getting trained up. Looking for suggestions for tools I should get. So far I have
>Impacts (3/8,1/2)
>Electric ratchet (3/8)
>Circuit tester
>Snap ring pliers
>Ball joint press
>Standard/metric wrenches, ratcheting wrenches
>Crows feet up to 2"
>Sockets up to 1 1/2
>little tackle boxes full of fuses, connectors, and air fittings
>Air line pliers
>Channel locks

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>> No.2623535

I drive for them and break a lot of shit lmao. He’ll be the lube guy and won’t need much more than basics.

>> No.2623548

My bad I think I was unclear, I've been doing it since last September, I was the pm bitch until about February when I got promoted and they hired another.guy for that. I'd still do a fair number of PMs, but I've also done shit like putting in new radiators, replacing EGR coolers, bolster springs, valve cover gaskets, pto shafts, various valves, brake shoes/cans/lines, and a couple starters and ball joints in the light duty stuff. So I'm.not a complete noob anymore but I still have a lot to learn and a lot of tools to get.

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>> No.2623730

See Torque Test Channel on jootoob for cordless tool info. I fucking love my DeWalt DCF900B 1/2" impact.

An ordinary ball joint press is too small for big trucks. Find what's popular for what you work on. An air hammer and pickle forks are very useful for suspension work.

Does your shop have an oxy-acetylene torch? If so learn how to use a cutting torch and how to heat stuck parts for removal. Practice on scrap and you can get good enough to wash a stuck nut off a stud without trashing the stud.

A mechanical torque multiplier like the X-4 is a fantastic lifetime tool and you can use it to precisely apply torque too. Heavy equipment guys love them. I use mine for machinery repair, Harley compensator nuts and pinion yoke nuts on pickups.

>> No.2623733

Yeah shop has a torque multiplier and a torch, I actually started with this company working on dumpsters so I'm more familiar with the cutting and welding. The ball joint press is for the light duty trucks/pickups/vans that we have, bought it because our lead mechanic left and he was the only one that had one

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